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Past Talks



18 September 2018

The Walled Kitchen Garden at Clumber Park

An illustrated talk by Chris Margrave Head Gardener


16 October 2018

Geoffrey Smith Memorial Lecture: Memories of my Father

An illustrated talk by Caroline Smith of Geoffrey's work at Harlow Carr





The merits of short as well as long flowering plants by Dr Andrew Ward

Geoffrey Smith Memorial lecture Scarborough's Parks and Pleasure grounds by Roger Burnett

The Autumn garden by Peter Foley

The drunken gardener by Doug Stewart

Gardening tips and unusual garden facts  ABCGC open forum

Recent developments at RHS Harlow Carr by Paul Cook

Veg my Way by David Metcalf

Gardening using culinary herbs by Paul Turner

Gardening  on the radio by Julia Lewis





Speakers in previous years have included:




Great Dixter Past and Present by Fergus Garrett

Geoffrey Smith Memorial Lecture by Matthew Biggs

Wonderful Weeds by Peter Williams

Winter Gardening and Seasonal preserves by Martin and Jill Fish

A hardy planters winter survival kit by Don Witton

Growing and exhibiting sweet peas by Darren Myers

Favourite gardens of Yorkshire by Michael Myers

Gardening at the front by Gail Summerfield

An oasis in the city by Clive Dawson Friends of York Cemetery




Daisy days by Stuart Dixon

Using roses in the garden by Michael Marriott

Geoffrey Smith memorial lecture A gardeners life by Alan Mason

Behind the scenes at Harrogate Flower show by Nick Smith

Hidden secrets of Beningborough Hall and gardens by Bob Mansfield

York Museum gardens through the seasons by Alison Pringle

Auriculas; their history and cultivation by Robin Graham

Wicked plants by Doug Stewart

A year at Sledmere by Andy Karavics