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 been picked. Only five groups applied and all were awarded money. Groups requesting money were Yorkshire, Shropshire, Lancashire & North West, Dorset and Norfolk.
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.
KB Talks that have taken place
Staffs & Worcs (2015)
John Massey of Ashwood Nurseries gave a talk Autumn into Winter.
Nick Hamilton gave a talk Barnsdale after Geoff
Lancashire and North West (2014)
Bleddy Wynne-Jones gave a talk on Plant Hunting Experiences
Helen Yemm gave a talk to this group.
Cleve West talked on From Spuds to Chelsea.
Dorset Event (2014)
Neil Lucas of Knoll Gardens gave a talk entitled More Wow, Less Work
Wirral Event (2013)
Chris Beardshaw talked about his Chelsea 2012 display with Furzey Garden and his book 100 Plants that almost Changed the World
Cheshire Event (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 (2013)
Helen Yemm talked on Downsizing without Tears
Herts, Beds and Cambs Event (2013)
Helen Yemm talked on Downsizing without Tears - creating cottage gardens. Great news - she joined the Society after this event
West Midlands and Warwickshire Event (2013)
John Massey of Ashwood Nurseries gave a talk entitled Autumn into Winter