In 2010, The Cottage Garden Society was left a legacy by Kenneth Black, a one time member of the Society. In his memory, regional groups are inviting well-known speakers to give a talk. These events, five each year, are being funded by money from the legacy. The aim is to open the talks to the general public and thereby raise the profile of the Society and encourage people to join both the National Society and the regional group.
Money allotted in 2012 went to the Cheshire group, West Midlands group, Herts, Cambs and Beds group, Wirral group and Herefordshire South and their events are listed below.
Groups wanting funds for speakers in 2014 have now been picked. Only five groups applied and all were awarded money for speakers in 2014. Groups requesting money were Yorkshire, Shropshire, Lancashire & North West, Dorset and Norfolk. Information about the speakers they select will be available as the speakers are booked.
Money for these talks will not be available after this year as only five groups were interested in having talks in 2014. However, if any group is desperate to have a speaker in 2015, please get in touch with Caroline Harcourt firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01244 660537.
The Wirral group has invited Chris Beardshaw. He will be talking on 100 Plants that (almost) Changed the World - based on his book with this title. The talk will take place on Wednesday, 12th March, 2014 at 7.30 pm and will be held at Heswall Hall, 111 Telegraph Road, Heswall CH60 4RH on the Wirral. Tickets cost £6.50 for CGS members and £8.50 for non-members, refreshments included. They can be obtained by post from Caroline Harcourt, Bramley Lane Farm, Higher Kinnerton, Chester CH4 9AX. Please send a cheque made out to The Cottage Garden Society Wirral Group and a sae. All tickets must be bought in advance, it is unlikely that any will be available on the day as numbers are limited to 180. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Neil Lucas of Knoll Gardens in Wimbourne, an expert on ornamental grasses and ten times gold medal winner at Chelsea, will giving a talk entitled More Wow, Less Work. The talk will take place at Poundbury Hall, Poundbury, Dorchester at 2 for 2.30pm. Information on tickets will be added in due course, or contact the Dorset group.
Helen Yemm will be talking to this group in the members' usual venue - Bayston Hill Memorial Hall, Bayston Hill, near Shrewsbury. More information will be added in due course or contact the Shropshire group directly.
The Norfolk group has invited Cleve West. He will be talking on Friday 28th November 2014 at 2pm and the title of his talk is From Spuds to Chelsea. Tickets, which will be available from September 2014, will cost £5 to all CGS members and £8 for non-members. To buy tickets, please send a cheque, made out to Cottage Garden Society Norfolk Group, for the appropriate amount to Mrs Anne Gilbert, 12 Patricia Avenue, Horstead, Norwich NR12 7EW and enclose a sae. The talk will take place at East Tuddenham Jubilee Hall, Norfolk NR20 3LR.
KB Lectures that have taken place in 2013
An Evening with Pippa Greenwood - talk, book signing and plant pest discussion forum. Attendees were invited to bring along all their pests and diseases!
Herefordshire South Event
Helen Yemm talked on Downsizing without Tears
Herts, Beds and Cambs Event
Helen Yemm talked on Downsizing without Tears - creating cottage gardens. Great news - she joined the Society after this event
West Midlands and Warwickshire Event
John Massey of Ashwood Nurseries gave a talk entitled Autumn into Winter