Talks & Visits
Recently talks to gardening clubs and other groups have become a major part of our business. We have an extensive list of titles with a diversity of subject matter. Some are delivered as a double act and one or other of us is the lead speaker for the others. We try to make our presentations informative and entertaining.
We are willing to travel up 100 miles or 3 hours from home, whichever is the shorter.
We keep fees to a minimum because we know from our local gardening club how difficult it is for small groups to afford good speakers especailly if they have to travel some distance.
For groups under 50 in number the charge for 2015 is £45. For larger groups the fee is £55. If audiences are significantly larger the fee is negotiable. Travelling expenses are being held at 35p per mile.
Whenever possible we bring plants to sell, but we do not pay commission on sales.
Bookings are made by John. Please email or phone him [01724 733940 or 07875732535].
Click here for details of our talks.
Groups are welcome to visit the nursery, which now operates as a small scale production unit. Plants are available for sale, but we are not a garden centre and the visits are intended to be informative and not a retail experience.
Format of Visits
After a short introduction Gail will take the group into the nursery garden and highlight some plants of interest. This is followed by an introduction to a selection of specimen plants used over the years in our exhibits at shows. This is an opportunity to find out more about the different genera covered by the term "ornamental grasses".
In our experience people are interested in the criteria used by judges to decide awards. John will explain some of the strategies we had to learn and devise to achieve gold awards and higher.
We bring the guided part of the tour of the nursery to a close with a short demonstration showing how we propagate our stock.
The group will then be invited to come into our private courtyard garden for refreshments. There is a charge of £2 per head for a visit and the proceeds are donated to Perennial [The Gardeners' Royal Benevolent Society].
Between 1st April and the end of September gardening clubs can book daytime and twilight workshop sessions. At present there are two practical activities sceduled: Propagation and Flower Familes. Eash session lasts 3 hours with a break for light refreshments. There is a charge of £7.50 per head. Groups must be a minimum of 12 and not exceed 18.
Contact John [01724 733940 or 07875732535 or email] to discuss or make a booking for a visit or workshop.