Tom Brown became Head Gardener of West Dean Gardens last year – prior to that he was Head Gardener at Parham House and worked for 10 years at RHS Wisley.
Nick gave an excellent talk – he knows dahlias very well from his own experience & communicates this very effectively.
He has appeared on Gardeners’ World, in the national press and on Gardeners’ Question Time.
Together with his wife he runs Gilberts Nursery, near Romsey, that specialises in dahlias.
He showed examples of the various dahlia classifications and explained all aspects of growing dahlias successfully.
They grow over 400 varieties of dahlia on the production field next to the nursery, which can be viewed from July to October, and also hybridise to get their own new dahlia varieties.
He gave detailed, clear advice on growing good fuchsias proven from his own experience and certainly transferred some of his enthusiasm for fuchsias to his audience.
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His very good presentation was complemented by excellent visuals.
Rather than using slides, he showed the actual plants he recommended, a vast range, circulating large photos of them, with the names helpfully written on the back.
He stressed that the most important thing is to decide what we want from our garden, reducing our input to what we enjoy or find therapeutic and getting help for the heavy work.
Wednesday 6th May
Enjoy the beautiful landscaped Grade I listed gardens, with their outstanding displays of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, magnolias and bluebells.
Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens
Wednesday 6th May
ANNUAL PLANT SALE
Sunday 12th May 2019
LAVANT VILLAGE FETE
Saturday 15th June 2019
The Plant Stall, run by LHS, was overflowing with more plants than ever before – a great variety with lots of colour. In spite of the rain, gradually the visitors came and in the end we even surpassed last year’s record sales figure.
Many thanks to all who donated plants, particularly for the help of Mick Bleach of Bleach of Lavant.
Saturday 23rd November
Lavant Memorial Hall was resplendent in its festive decorations; the LHS stand, with its Christmas plants, added another splash of colour to this community event.