Free Talks

Daily Free talks

      • 2pm Sunday Ben Cross, BRITISH FLOWERS ROCK!, – “British Alstroemeria & The UK Cut-Flower Industry”
      • in The Talks & Demo Demo tent Zone G

    Ben Cross from Crosslands Flower Nursery, a 4th generation horticulturalist based in Walberton near Arundel, West Sussex. Ben is a tireless campaigner for British Flowers.
    Ben studied and worked in marine science and oceanography before returning to tend more than thirty different varieties of alstroemerias under 3 acres of glass all year round. 30 years ago there were lots of similar nurseries growing cut flowers all over the UK but the trend for importing cut flowers grown in Kenya, Colombia and Ecuador has sadly led to their demise. Ben’s nursery tours and talks are popular with flower clubs and horticultural societies who flock to see one of the few surviving old style horticultural establishments. ‘I feel very passionate about keeping the nursery going. It is a lifestyle like farming, not a job’ says Ben with heartfelt passion.



     

          • Woodland Trust “ Native Woods & Trees” with Garfield Kennedy ( Times TBC soon)
          • in The Talks & Demo Demo tent Zone G

         

        Our vision is a UK rich in woods and trees, enjoyed and valued by everyone. We aim to create new native woodland with the help of communities, schools, organisations and individuals. We try to protect our precious ancient woods, restore the ones that are damaged and fight for those under threat. We do this by inspiring people up and down the country to visit woods, plant trees, and enjoy the many benefits that woodland has to offer



        Daily ‘Plant Doctor’ sessions with gardening correspondents, Val & Steve Bradley – bring along your ailing plants and any gardening conundrums and they will help you solve them.

        Steve Bradley grew up on a nursery, spent over 20 years teaching horticulture at colleges around England and is now a freelance garden writer and broadcaster. He studied horticulture at Writtle, Cannington and Pershore Colleges, achieving the RHS Master of Horticulture Diploma. He appeared on two TV series: Plant Life and Garden Doctors, three official Chelsea Flower Show videos and has made multiple gardening videos.He can be found most Sunday mornings on BBC local radio in Kent or Surrey / Sussex, where he answers live phone-in questions. He has written (or co-written) around 50 books on a wide range of topics including pruning, pests & diseases, a revision of the famous Grafter’s Handbook and updates of some of the ever-popular ‘Expert’ books. Since 2002, he has been Gardening Correspondent for the Sun newspaper with wife Val and Peter Seabrook.click for Steve’s full bio [PDF]



        Val Bradley is a freelance garden writer who has been gardening since she could hold a trowel. Since training at Askham Bryan College, she has worked in garden centres and nurseries (including RHS Wisley), taught at horticultural college and written (or co-written) books on many aspects of gardening including houseplants, tools, fragrant plants and town gardens. She has also written magazine articles, answered live phone-in questions on local BBC radio and been resident expert on a magazine website forum. Since 2002 she has been Gardening Correspondent for The Sun newspaper with husband Steve and Peter Seabrook. Find her on Twitter @valgardening or see the website www.sungardening.co.uk



        Tours of Loseley’s stunning Walled Garden with the Loseley Gardening Team Friday only

        Website: www.loseleypark.co.uk/gardens
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