Talks 2022


Meetings will be held in St. Mildred’s Church Hall, Tenterden at 7.00 for 7.15pm start or on Zoom. Watch
newsletters for more details. There will be a small charge to partially cover the costs of the hall and
the guest speakers. All members and visitors are very welcome.



Friday, 4 February – Adam Pasco
The Flower Bulb Calendar – ZOOM meeting only
Adam Pasco is a former editor of the BBC Gardeners’ World, Garden News, Garden
Answers and Waitrose Garden magazines. He has worked on a variety of gardening
television programmes, books, magazines, newspapers and radio shows during his
38 years as a gardening journalist. He has been a keen gardener since childhood.
His garden includes ‘a bit of everything’. He uses photography and video taken in his
own garden in his illustrated garden talks. He will finish his talk with some topical tips
for the weeks ahead. Adam talked to us last year and he is an excellent speaker.

Friday, 4 March – Nancy Stevens
Poppies, Peacocks and Parterres,
Gardens of Scotland – ZOOM meeting only
Nancy Stevens is a retired journalist with a lifelong passion for plants and gardens.
She has spent the last 25 years trying to create a low maintenance garden on a steep
slope and is yet to succeed. She has been giving gardening talks for a number of
years near her home in Glasgow, but with the advent of Zoom, she ventures further
afield. She has owned gardens of various shapes, sizes and topography,
supplemented by garden visits, broadened by the written word and topped off by
membership of an excellent gardening club where she was chairman for 7 very
enjoyable years.

Friday, 1 April – Melvin Smith
Yesterday’s Gardener
Melvin Smith has been lecturing and writing about our countryside for almost 40
years, photographing what he sees. His work has been featured in a number of
books and appears on calendars. His photographs have been selected for many
national exhibitions and he has been judged best in show many times. He has a very
keen interest in old rural life and items from his collection of various tools often appear
in The Countryman as well as other publications. During the summer months he
gives a series of short lectures at Great Dixter. Come along and see his collection of
bygone gardening tools.

Friday, 6 May – Mr Jonathan Hogarth
Small Hostas and Propagation by Aeroponics
Mr. Jonathan Hogarth is a hosta fanatic. When he married, he and his wife bought a
house which came with just one hosta. His neighbour showed him how to look after it
and that was the start of his fascination with hostas. Soon he was seeking out
specialist nurseries and joined the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society. He has
been cultivating and caring for his diverse collection of miniature hostas ever since.
His passion for these plants has seen him create what is now Hogarth Hostas. He
shows his plants at many prestigious flower shows and he is chair of the Hosta
Society. He is the UK National Collection Holder for Small and Miniature Hostas. At
the Hampton Court Flower Show last year he designed his display around the
aeroponics ‘cuttings’ unit. The idea was well received by the RHS Judges who
awarded it Gold and then gave it the further honour of being selected as the Best
Exhibit in his section.

Friday, 2 September – Katharine Hook
Sloe Seduction
Katharine Hook founded a cottage industry 11 years ago, Sloe Seduction, which
produces products using sloe gin and chocolate, including the award winning Sloe Gin
Truffle. She produces thousands of chocolates from September to December and
enjoys a very different job the rest of the year. Dark chocolate with a white chocolate
ganache filling laced with Sloe Gin is how these are described. The ethos of Sloe
Seduction is to be adventurous, explore ingredients and have fun. We will learn about
the origins of gin, sloe gin and cocoa. Come along and all will be revealed.

Friday, 7 October – Steven Moore
Perennials to Extend the Season
Steven Moore and his wife Morag run a small plant nursery on about an acre of land
which was once a corner of a field on his uncle’s farm. Rapkyn’s Nursery in Broad
Oak has been in operation now for 30 years and now boasts a vast collection of
plants. They grow all their own plants and have around 60 varieties of salvia. Whilst
his talk will concentrate on how to use perennials to extend the season, he will also
talk about the history of the nursery and he will explain how they operate. There will
be some seasonal plants for sale after his talk