Previous Meetings

Here we list details of previous talks since February 2019 to give you an idea of the range of topics covered in talks presented to the group. Details of earlier talks can be found on the Group’s page on the Hardy Plant Society web site. Click here to have a look (opens in new window).


2018/9 Season

Saturday February 16th 2019

Talk – ‘White Fever’ by Richard Williams

Richard works for Neath Port Talbot College Horticultural Department and has his own nursery. He will be talking about snowdrops and other seasonal plants.

Saturday 16th March 2019

Talk – ‘The subtle art and exact science of pruning’ by Timothy Walker

For many people pruning is as bewildering as potions were to Harry Potter but armed with the 10 principles in this talk you will never fear pruning again. In addition to these principles Timothy will look at various classes of pruning with many examples of trees and shrubs commonly found in gardens.


Saturday 6 April 2019

AGM followed by

Talk – ‘The Spring Flowering of Crete’ by Chris Birchall.

Chris trained in horticulture at Cannington College in Somerset and subsequent employment included Parks superintendent at East Devon Council and Superintendent at RHS Rosemoor before becoming self-employed and setting up Tale Valley Nursery with his wife Lorraine. The nursery specialises in dwarf bulbs, shade perennials and alpine plants. They have won RHS gold medals at Chelsea, BBC Gardeners world, Malvern and Hampton Court Flower Shows for their displays.

2019/20 Season

Saturday 19 October 2019

Talk – ‘The Cottage Garden in the 21st Century, by Neil Lovesey

Where did the Cottage garden come from? And when? Neil will take a look back to the very beginning of the cottage garden and chart the growth of gardening through the centuries and some indications for the future of gardening.

Saturday 16 November 2019

Talk – ‘The Gardens of Cork and Waterford’ by Neil Barry

Neil Barry, a well-known speaker from the Gower but originally from County Cork,, will be showing us gardens from Cork and Waterford.

Saturday 7 December 2019

Talk – ‘Making the Most of a Small Garden’ by Sheena Crossley

Sheena is a local horticuluralist, broadcaster and writer. Her involvement in horticulture has included working for Cardiff Parks Department, lecturing in Pencoed College, broadcasting on Radio Wales and organising school workshops. This illustrated talk will look at how anyone can achieve a beautiful garden regardless of size, by combining careful design and planting to create all year round interest.

Saturday 18 January 2020

Talk – ‘Hardy Unusual But Obtainable Plants’ by Kevin Pratt

Kevin Pratt starts our New Year with a talk about a mix of unusual strange flowering plants,that people may like to try to grow. All the plants grow in Kevin’s garden in Stockport. He will feature Arisaema, Helwingia, Fritillaria, Stachyurus, lysionotus, Eucomis etc, covering bulbs, climbers, herbaceous, shrubs and trees.

Sunday 16 February 2020

Talk – ‘Blackthorn Nursery Through the Seasons – July to October’ by Jon Evans

Blackthorn Nursery has now been converted to a private garden. It is never open to the public, but Jon has been privileged to visit them regularly since 2012. This is an opportunity to see what can be grown in the open garden in South Hampshire by a couple of exceptional plantsmen. Jon takes all his own photos and is back for the second half of his earlier talk (Glorious June) by popular request.


Note: The remainder of our 2019-20 programme of talks had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 situation.