The Winter Lecture Series 2014
A series of 5 evening talks by excellent speakers about all things gardening and plants.
All Winter Lecture Series lectures take place at 8.00pm at the Saïd Business School (adjacent to the railway station) in Oxford. Tickets cost £12 per lecture or £54 for the whole series of 5 (ticket price includes a glass of wine).
Still to come:
Speaker: John Massey
Winter into Spring
Thursday 27th February 2014
John will talk about his garden at Ashwood, firstly looking at architectural plants in mid-winter, and then following the natural sequence of flowering from hamamelis, hardy cyclamen, snowdrops, hellebores and hepaticas through to the full exuberance of Spring as leaves and blossom unfold. His garden is a plantsman’s paradise of rare plants together with many old favourites, all planted in ideal conditions and in combinations that work well together. John’s horticultural knowledge and expertise will be combined with his sense of humour and some fabulous images to create an inspirational lecture with something for everyone.
Speaker: Jo Cobb
Concrete and flowers - the story of a college garden
Thursday 13th March 2014
New Hall (now Murray Edwards College) was built in the 1960’s in the grounds of The Orchard, a large house part-owned by the distinguished plantswoman Norah Barlow, granddaughter of Charles Darwin. By the time it was given to New Hall, the garden was somewhat overgrown, though with fine trees and choice shrubs, some of which still remain. The first President, Dame Rosemary Murray, planned and planted the gardens around the College in an informal style. The current head gardener, Jo Cobb, has brought imaginative, modern plantsmanship, as well as horticultural excellence, to the garden and will share her work with us in this talk.
Speaker: Helen Yemm
Downsizing without tears
Thursday 27th March 2014
Downsizing - giving up a large garden in which you have invested years of care and starting again on a smaller site - is something Helen had to do suddenly and reluctantly, and, despite the initial sadness and fear, she found it surprisingly satisfying. Taking few plants with her, and starting from scratch, she found that her years of gardening experience helped her to transform a small and scruffy plot into a satisfying space in which to spend her dotage. Helen’s talk will be illustrated with photographs taken by Jonathan Buckley.