Some of Britain’s most distinguished and celebrated garden experts are descending on Bowood House & Gardens this June 5th & 6th with a range of enthralling talks and ideas to inspire all garden enthusiasts. From nine to ninety, novice or seasoned veteran, gardeners will receive superb advice from some of the very best experts and growers in the country. Read more about the festival here. More about the talks below.
Headlining will be horticulturist and gardening broadcaster, Toby Buckland, giving talks on herbs and other useful plants including advice on planning and planting. Other garden stars include: Anne Swithinbank of Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time; James Wong discussing his new Book “Grow for Flavour”; Roy Lancaster, distinguished tree expert and plant explorer and BBC 2’s The Big Allotment Challenge presenters, Jim Buttress and Jonathan Moseley entertaining us in the Speaker’s Marquee.
The ‘Inspirations Marquee’ will also have over a dozen gripping slots filled with gardening treasures during the two day event: Graham Harvey agricultural story adviser to The Archers will be speaking out for earth in this ‘International Year of Soil”, learn how to become bee friendly with Paul Jupp of ‘Meadow in my Garden’ or join the debate about the value of our allotments, fast disappearing under pressure from land developments; and if you haven’t heard of Mexican Mouse Melon then stop by and hear all about them from Pennard Plants, a Somerset nursery with one of the most remarkable collections of “Incredible Edibles”….
See the speakers schedule below and book your tickets. All talks are free within the ticket price and there are many other demonstrations and activities throughout the festival www.tobygardenfest.co.uk
FESTIVAL SPEAKERS SCHEDULE 5th & 6th June 2015
Festival opening times from 10am-5pm both days
FRIDAY – SPEAKERS MARQUEE
10.30 TOBY BUCKLAND welcome and intro to the festival
10.45 Roy Lancaster a lifetime in gardening and plant exploration
11.30 James Wong Ethno-botanist, enthusiast of unusual vegetables . James talks about his new book “Growing for Flavour”
12.30 Jim Buttress – interview Gardening Great, RHS Judge, ex-superintendent Royal Parks, BBC Big Allotment Challenge judge
1.15 Kevin Croucher – well known and sometimes controversial nursery owner and plantsman. “Killing them with kindness. How not to plant trees”
14.00 Toby Buckland, President of The Herb Society, talks about “Herbs and other Useful Plants”
14.45 Jonathan Moseley, floral artist, famous for creating amazing flowery displays and floral judge on BBC2’s Big Allotment Challenge
15.30 Q and A with Toby Buckland, James Wong, Jim Buttress and Kevin Croucher
10.45 George Plumptre, Chief Executive of NGS, talks about his fascinating book “The English Country Garden”
11.30 Graham Harvey, agricultural story adviser to The Archers and soil expert. UN designated International Year of Soil 2015.
“The multiple roles of soils often go unnoticed. Soils don’t have a voice, and few people speak out for them. They are our silent ally in food production.” José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General
12.30 Roy Lancaster, world class gardener, arborist and plantsman
13.15 -14.15 Saving Our Allotments Debate: Allotments are disappearing due to rising land prices and pressure of housing needs. Good for our health? Community asset? Encouraging young gardeners? We discuss.
14.30 James Wong – interview – An opportunity to learn more about the life and work of ethno botanist and champion of growing flavoursome vegetables
15.15 Paul Jupp, Paul Jupp runs “Meadow In My Garden” a company offering a range of wild flower seeds and practical products designed to connect with nature, stimulate the senses, soothe the spirit” “Creating a wild flower meadow and bee friendly garden”
SATURDAY 6th Main Marquee:
10.30 Toby Buckland welcome
10.45 Anne Swithinbank “SHOPPING AT THE SHOW” Much respected, Anne is a gardener with huge experience. Regular contributor to Gardeners Question Time and successful author, Anne will be talking about her favourite finds at the show
11.30 Jim Buttress – Interview – Gardening Great, RHS Judge, ex-superintendent Royal Parks, BBC Big Allotment Challenge judge
12.15 Toby Buckland, President of The Herb Society, talks about “Herbs and other Useful Plants”
13.30 Jonathan Moseley, floral artist, famous for creating amazing displays
14.30 Anne Swithinbank – “My Devon Garden” Anne has created a very special garden in Devon filled with her favourite plants
15.30 Q and A with Toby Buckland, Anne Swithinbank, Jim Buttress
SATURDAY 6TH Inspirations Marquee:
11.00 Chris Smith, Pennard Plants. Chelsea Gold Medal Winner and grower of extraordinary plants ”Incredible Edibles”
11.45 Rosy Hardy, Hardy Cottage Plants “Seasonal Perennials” Another Chelsea Gold Medal winner, Rosy is a vastly experienced and respected plantswoman, producing the prettiest of cottage garden plants.
12.30 Marcel Floyd, Floyds Climbers “Clematis” Well known grower of beautiful, showy clematis and other climbers
13.15 Jane Moore, Head Gardener Bath Priory and now Exec gardener of all Andrew Brownsword Hotels “All year round colour and form in the garden”
14.00 Steve Hickman, Agapanthus, holds National collection of these glorious flowers
14.45 Jim Buttress interview (30 mins) Gardening great, RHS Judge, ex- Superintendent Royal Parks, BBC Big Allotment Challenge judge
15.00 Anita Nowinska is best known for her sensuous big flower paintings which have found international acclaim with private and corporate collectors. Her work focuses on the intricate detail of flowers and nature blown up on a large scale.
Clients claim that the paintings have deeply emotive properties, changing mood, providing relaxation, invigoration and change their perspective of how they view nature. Anita will share her thoughts on how to create atmosphere, mood and change emotions through the use of flowers and colour in the home and a share a few anecdotes of some interesting projects.
Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival at Bowood House and Gardens on Friday 5th June and Saturday 6th June 2015
10am- 5pm £12.50 or advance booking online £10. Kids under 16 Free