Today we welcome Samantha Hopes, of Hopes Garden Plants. Roscoea is a brilliant and unusual member of the Ginger family. Greatly underused, they are wonderful garden plants, with so much to offer. In this talk Samantha shares some of her infectious enthusiasm for the genus.
Samantha initially trained and worked as a geologist working on research projects at the University of Birmingham. Her passion was geological mapping, which soon found her distracted by the plants growing on and around the rocks, more than the rocks themselves! Following this growing interest, she became a student at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, studying at Pershore College in the evenings.
Her training moved on to the RHS Garden Wisley, where she specialised in rock and alpine plants. While there she also worked for short stints at Kew and Great Dixter. After graduating she went to work alongside John Massey, looking after his Hepatica collection at Ashwood Nurseries, until leaving in 2016. This became one of her passions, alongside specialist alpines and a new breading program with Roscoeas.
She and her husband established Hopes Garden Plants, propagating and growing a range of unusual plants at their home to sell at their talks.
Samantha will bring plants for sale.
As with all our meetings, kick off is at 2.00 pm at the Williams Memorial Hall in Coychurch, Bridgend. Click HERE for a location map (note that the miracle that is Google shows the red locator in the wrong place – look for the grey one below and to the left of the red one).
We entertain the speaker to lunch at the nearby White Horse pub (look above and a way to the right of the red marker for location info) before the meeting. Anyone is welcome to join us but please let us know you’d like lunch by emailing the Chair, no later than mid-day on Tuesday 17 March. The pub serves a variety of good food, though you’ll have to settle your own bill, sorry! Please aim to arrive by 12.15.