2020 Talks & Events
Our talks are held on Friday evenings at 7.30 pm and are held at The Strutt Centre, Derby Road, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 1UU
There is plenty of parking at the venue which is close to the centre of Belper. Details of the meeting room number are usually listed on a board inside the main entrance, and we try to book a downstairs room whenever possible to aid accessibility for guests with mobility issues. Meetings start at 7.30pm (except AGM which starts earlier).
31 January 2020 – Roger Merryweather: “The Apple Through the Ages”. Roger gave us a fascinating talk about the history of the apple, leading up to the introduction of the Bramley’s Seedling Apple by his great grandfather Mr Henry Merryweather in the late 1800’s.
21 February – Tony Brewer: “Photographing Plants” this talk has been postponed to 2021.
Please note that due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the following two talks have been cancelled. Please watch this space for further updates in the future.
Cancelled 27 March – Tracey Akehurst: “The Planthunter, Botanist, Spy and Thief”
Cancelled 24 April – St Anne’s Allotments, Unique Heritage Gardens
Summer events 2020 (provisional)
19 June (Friday, 4.30 pm) – Buxton Pavilion Gardens – (a guided tour and history)
18 July (Saturday 2.00 pm) – Visit to Chatsworth Gardens
18 September – Margie Hoffnung: “Garden Visiting, a very British Tradition”
30 October – Don Witton: “Once Seen, Never Forgotten”
27 November – Danny Wells: Joseph Paxton, ‘The busiest man in England’ – gardens, conservatories, parks, architecture and much more.
Christmas Social tbc
Past Talks & Events (2019)
UPDATE: Unfortunately this project did not get any funding in this current round of grant applications to the HLF. However, a new bid will be submitted soon and it is hoped the project will progress in the near future.
22 February 2019 – Alan Clements – “Cascades Gardens” of Bonsall. This was a fascinating talk by the garden creator who outlined all aspects of the garden’s development over the past 25 years. It’s influences from Buddhism and from Japan were beautifully illustrated throughout. A visit here is planned for later this year.
“We were given a lively talk, following trends in design over the past 2,000 years. The excellent selection of pictures (of both methods and tools) was enhanced by wry comments from Michael. Many tools were recognisable; of particular interest were the small differences from modern tools, giving glimpses into the conditions under which past gardeners worked.”
Local author Catherine gave us a very illuminating and engaging talk about the fascinating connections that our county has had over centuries including not just ‘big name’ writers.
22 November – AGM at 7.15 pm, followed by: Graham & Judy White – “Gardening Mishaps and Disasters”.