Welcome to Llanover Garden School

Welcome to the 2014/15 program of talks and demonstrations at Llanover Garden School.

This year I am delighted to welcome Troy Scott Smith and Tom Coward, Head Gardeners at Sissinghurst and Gravetye Manor respectively to Llanover for their first visit, and to host each one of the returning speakers. Whether you are a hands-on gardener eager to learn and put into practice new ideas or someone who simply enjoys meeting and hearing erudite gardeners, Llanover is a glorious setting and has a day for you to enjoy this year.

The Christmas workshops under the guidance of Emma and Jo from Abergavenny’s Love-Lily continue to be very popular. They provide a generous range of flowers and foliage of a quality and variety which is not matched elsewhere. Do look on the website to see some of the stunning Christmas wreaths for the table or door as created in previous years.

Water colour drawing of stream at Llanover GardensA Garden School day starts at 10 am with coffee by a blazing fire, followed by the morning talk and questions in the lecture theatre. The delicious two course lunches with wine, cooked by Pavinee Taruschio, are served in our elegant home with fresh flowers on the table, before the afternoon talk which begins at 2pm. The day ends with home-made teas in the house.

The lecture days cost £70, the Christmas workshop £85 and the Writing Day £55. Four tickets to the same lecture booked together qualify for a special price of £250. This offer does not apply to the Christmas or Writing workshops. Vouchers for days at the Garden School are available to give as Christmas, birthday or occasional presents.

I am also delighted to write that, following the retirement of Roy Evans as gardener here, I have been joined by Peter Hall, formerly Head Gardener at Dunham Massey, Stourhead and Powis Castle. Peter brings a wealth of experience and knowledge – the effects are already being seen in the herbaceous borders, along the streamsides and in the woodland areas which are yours to explore.

The lecture room is one of the best you will find in a private house with comfortable, tiered seating and a huge screen, making it easy for everyone to see and hear the speaker. If you wish to use it for a Society meeting together with a tour of the garden, please contact me. There are more details on www.llanovergarden.co.uk. In addition I continue to lead group tours around the garden by arrangement.

As ever I try to keep the costs reasonable, mainly through the use of email rather than postage, so please do give me your email address. If you have enjoyed yourself here, then please get together a tableful of friends for a special day out, “like” Llanover Garden School on Facebook, pass on the spare programme enclosed and send an email link to anyone you think might be interested.

Best wishes

Elizabeth Murray Click to go to Facebook