TALKS AND GARDENERS’ QUESTION TIME

Come and be inspired by our wonderful speakers; we are really thrilled to be bringing you such a wide variety of talks this year.

PROGRAMME

ROSY HARDY: CHOOSING CHOICE PERENNIALS FOR SUMMER COLOUR

Rosy Hardy is an award winning nurseryman and has been growing herbaceous perennials commercially for the past 30 years, with the Nursery and Rosy appearing regularly on national television.

Rosy has an exhausting show circuit that runs virtually all year; their efforts have not gone unnoticed as she has been a consistent medal winner at RHS Flower Shows including 23 Gold medals at The Chelsea Flower Show, making her the most successful female floral exhibitor.

Beautiful herbaceous borders and gardens are the inspiration for all of Rosy’s designs in which she has introduced many new varieties including Gaura Rosyjane, Gaura Freefolk Rosy and Gaura Ice Cool Rosy.

LUCINDA MILLER: THE GOOD STUFF – A RECIPE FOR HAPPIER & HEALTHIER KIDS

Parents can pick up top tips on how to nurture healthy eating habits, from naturopath, child nutrition expert, founder of NatureDoc and Hampshire mum of three, Lucinda Miller, which she’ll share from her book ‘The Good Stuff’.

JANE FEARNLEY-WHITTINGSTALL: IN CONVERSATION

Jane studied Landscape Architecture as a mature student and gained a diploma in the subject in 1980. She has been designing gardens in England and abroad for nearly 40 years. Jane has won two Gold Medals for gardens at Chelsea Flower Show, and has written seven books about gardening and garden history including bestseller ‘Gardening Made Easy’ and 5 on other subjects including the best-selling Good Granny Guide.

TALK & COOKERY DEMONSTRATION BY ELODIE STANLEY & FLORA’S KITCHEN: SUMMER SOUPS & SIMPLE SALSAS

This year we welcome back Elodie Stanley, an experienced and knowledgeable nutritionist and functional medicine practitioner who last year talked about “The Power in Your Pottager”. This year, she will be joined by Flora Gordon Clark an accomplished and inspirational Chef and founder of “Flora’s Kitchen” in Lasham where she runs a wide range of cooking courses catering for all ages ranging from younger people eating on a budget to older people interested in eating for longevity.

While Flora demonstrates how to make iconic summer soups and delicious salsas, Elodie will explain the nutrient value of the various ingredients she is using and their established health benefits. The presentation will include the opportunity to taste the soups and salsas, the recipes for which will be provided. There will also be a number of “Flora’s Kitchen” herb-infused oils and interesting health-promoting vinegar’s for purchase. These will make excellent additions to your larder and/or original and nutritious presents.

SARAH EBERLE: DESIGNING A CHELSEA GARDEN

Sarah is a Landscape Architect and garden designer with 42 years in the industry with 27 of those years based in Hampshire. With a long history of designing gardens at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and RHS Hampton Court Sarah holds 15 Gold Medals and 3 Best in Show Awards. Sarah was made an RHS Associate of Honour in 2017. A Fusionist designer her work is predominantly rural but includes a number of London Town Gardens and in 2015 was awarded the Society of Garden Designers Community Space Award for her scheme at Gibbon’s Rent near London Bridge.

RUPERT NABARRO: IN CONVERSATION

Rupert and Elizabeth Nabarro lend us the land for the Hampshire Country & Garden Festival. They had the extreme misfortune of seeing their home go up in flames in February 2018. Rupert’s talk will focus on the experience of putting the historic mill/farm house back together and the attempts that have been made to keep this true to the historic and landscape context.

GARDENERS’ QUESTION TIME 2-3PM

One of the highlights of the Hampshire Country & Garden Festival will be a ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’. Chaired by Stefan Buczacki, well known former panelist and Chairman on Radio 4’s ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’ he also wrote and presented ‘The Gardening Quiz’ on Radio 4. One of the most experienced and prolific non-fiction authors in the country, he has written around sixty books.

Our speakers Rosy Hardy and Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall will be joined on the Panel by David Jewell, Head of Collections at The Hillier Arboretum, which jointly in 2017 won the Best in Category award with (Osborne House, Isle of Wight) for the Heritage Park/Garden of the Year award. Previously, David was Floral Superintendent at R.H.S. Wisley, and is a contributor to The R.H.S. Garden Journal. He also  lectures on horticulture through out the U.K.