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
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.
A 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 Dyrham 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
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