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. Each group can apply only once.
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.
Two groups - Staffs & Worcs and Suffolk - have requested money for 2015. They will be the last regional groups to be awarded a KB talk grant.
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. SOLD OUT
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. More information is on their website.
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.
The Staffs and Worcs group have booked John Massey of Ashwood Nurseries to talk on 17th October 2015. His talk will be "Autumn into Winter". More details in due course.
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