The Independent describe professor Paul Elliott of the University of Derby as: 'One of the country's leading historians of British Gardens'
Entry Closing Date - 31st January 2019
Judging - During February by independent judge and entries displayed at February and March club meetings.
Classes - Entry form and rules available at December club meeting
Please download our entry form here Photographic Competition Entry Form 2018
Simon is a consultant to the National Trust, and has an extensive and interesting background in horticulture. His talk on colour through the seasons promises to be both informative and entertaining.
Richard Adams returns to AGC by popular demand. This talk has been specially written and illustrated for us and promises more memorable sights and sounds - remember the last talk, which included the starling murmuration to the sounds of Shostakovich's 2nd piano concerto?
Peter is a Derbyshire presenter and photographer who gives illustrated talks on a variety of topics. 'Amber Autumn, Golden Glens' is a visual feast of Scotland in the Autumn.
An entertaining and informative talk about David's 41 years experience as a Master Thatcher: A unique talk which is not-to-be-missed.
'Growing and Showing Herbs' is an insight into the various aspects of growing and propagating herbs, as well as a window into the world of showing herbs, including some behind the scenes photographs and stories of life on the RHS circuit. Malcolm is a multi RHS award winner and leading expert on herbs.
Kew is London's largest UNESCO World Heritage site offering unique landscapes, vistas and iconic architecture from every stage of the Gardens' history. Set in 326 acres of beautiful grounds it contains the world’s most diverse collection of living plants, growing out in the landscape and within our glasshouses and nurseries.
Steve has 25 years experience as a Garden Designer, and in his talk will cover the main aspects of water features in gardens: Positioning, constructing, planting, fish and aquatics. He will talk about the design of water features and its relevance to everyone's garden.
The contemporary revival of the famous Italian Gardens was led by renowned designer and multi-Chelsea gold-medal winner Tom Stuart-Smith. To the east of the Italian Gardens are the Rivers of Grass and the adjacent Floral Labyrinth. Both these schemes were designed by eminent Dutch plantsman, and Chelsea gold-medal winner, Piet Oudolf.
The afternoon visit on Saturday 23rd June 2018 as part of the 1st outing for Allestree Gardening Club members took us to Spetchley Park Gardens in Worcestershire, a grand Victorian garden of 30 acres, home to successive generations of the Berkley family. Significant improvements had been made to the car park and entrance as well as a Heritage Interpretation & learning Centre since out club last visited in 2008, as keen gardeners the planting areas still needed major attention.
This C19 Walled Kitchen Garden, reawakened in 1995 is a peaceful oasis near the centre of Worcester. A tapestry of culinary and medicinal herbs, fruit of all sorts including medlar, mulberry and quince, vegetables and flowers are all grown organically. History is at the centre of the rescue and evolution of this enclosed garden. Featured in Kitchen Garden magazine.