Friends of the Botanical Gardens, Sheffield - Programme 2020

Lecture meetings will be held in the Dorothy Fox Education Centre in the Botanical Gardens, near the South Lodge.
Members free, Visitors welcome 5, Students (with valid ID card) 2.
N.B. Special events may require an additional fee.

Plant sales will take place in the large greenhouse next to the Education Centre. (Free entry)
Members will be advised of details for other events/venues via the newsletter and email.
Enquiries - email: chairfobs@gmail.com

Garden Volunteers Wednesday
8 January
10.00
Volunteer Briefing Meet in Dorothy Fox Education Centre for welcome, a review last year's achievements and a reminder of health and safety. A brief overview of projects for the coming year will be followed by a tour when further developments will be discussed.
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Sarah Tuesday
28 January
10.30
Chilean Adventure
Sarah Thomas
Sarah was FOBS Chair (2013-16) during a difficult period of planning and construction of new Education Centre. She is currently a member of the Sheffield Botanical Gardens Trust. She has been a Trustee for the Sheffield Town Trust (owners of the Gardens) since 2003 and is also Chair of St Luke's Nominations Committee.
Over the last three years she and her husband have planned and developed a garden, orchard and wildflower meadows around their new home. Since her own and her husband's retirement, they have been keen travellers.
Her medical career began at Sheffield Medical School and she holds several postgraduate qualifications. Formerly she worked as Consultant Dermatologist at Barnsley District General Hospital and Regional Postgraduate Dean, Medical Education for the Yorkshire and Humber region.
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Adam Monday
17 February
18.30
An evening with Adam Frost
Special Event
Admission by
ticket only

EVENT SOLD OUT

Adam Frost (BBC Gardeners' World presenter; multiple Chelsea Gold winner) is coming to talk to us on February 17th about redeveloping a garden without starting completely from scratch, based on his experiences with his own family garden in Lincolnshire. The evening will open with a book-signing by Adam at 18:30, with his talk starting at 19:15. There will be a break for questions before the conclusion at 21.00.

Please note that parking in the Gardens will only be for those with Blue Badges. As usual for all evening talks, entrance is only from Thompson Road S11 8RB.
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plant in tufa Tuesday
25 February
10.30
Growing on tufa
Dr Steve Furness
Steve studied botany at the University of Sheffield and went on to follow a teaching career there. He is a well known alpine plant expert and lives in Calver, Derbyshire where he now runs a garden centre. In 2018/19 he worked with FOBS members to establish the new alpine bed in the Robert Marnock Garden in Sheffield Botanical Gardens.
See also www.alpineplantcentre.co.uk
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primulas
Monday
9 March
19.15
Perennials
Ingrid & John Millington
Nursery owners and perennial plant specialists, Ingrid and John have a particular interest in primulas and auriculas. John holds the National collection of Acanthus. They bring wonderful plants to specialist plant fairs and have spoken to the Friends on many occasions.
See also www.hillviewhardyplants.com
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Tour Guide Briefing Wednesday
11 March
12.00
Tour Guide Briefing Education Centre followed by tour.
Hope the weather is better than 2019!
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Cactus Tuesday
24 March
10.30
Cacti & Succulents
Mike Thewles
A member of the Sheffield branch of the British Cactus and Succulent Society, Mike is also a long standing member of FOBS. He is a garden volunteer with interest in the Himalayan area of the Gardens and in glasshouse cultivated cacti and succulents.
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Vegetables Monday
13 April
19.15
Growing better veg in 2020
David Thornton
David is a keen vegetable grower and Chairman of the Derbyshire Horticultural Association.
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John Grimshaw Tuesday
28 April
10.30
Plants, Gardens, People:
A life in Horticulture

John Grimshaw
John is a respected gardener, botanist and author. He has been the Director of the Yorkshire Arboretum at Castle Howard since 2012. Special interests are bulbs, ferns and African plants. Future plans include the construction of a new Tree Health Centre.
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Plant Sale Sunday
3 May
11.00 - 15.00
Spring Plant Sale Great selection of both familiar and unusual plants at reasonable prices.
In the greenhouse next to the Education Centre
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Sheffield wildlife Monday
11 May
19.15
Recording wildlife
Pete Tomlin
Pete is the Land management Officer for Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust. The Senior Data and Monitoring officer for @wildsheffield. A self-confessed allotment and podcast addict.
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allotment Tuesday
26 May
10.30
History of Sheffield Allotments
Margaret Boulton
Margaret is a member of the Sheffield Allotment Federation. She wrote and self-published A History of Allotments in Sheffield after finding evidence of historical growing on her own allotment in Ecclesall.
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Friends Logo Saturday
6 June
10.00 - 12.30
New Members Day Welcome and introduction by the Friends' committee in the Education Centre followed by a tour of the Gardens
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Cascades Garden Monday
8 June
19.15
Gardening with nature:
Creating your own sacred space

Alan Clements
Alan's own 4 acre garden, Cascades, in the Derbyshire village of Bonsall, near Matlock, is on the site of an ancient corn mill and Bonsall Brook flows through it. Inspiration for creating the garden came when he spent time at a Zen Buddhist monastery in the western alps of Japan during the 1990s, and later after travelling in Tibet. He developed a very close relationship with the Tibetan people and is honorary vice-president of the Tibet Relief Fund. He has spent over 20 years developing the garden to evoke the natural calmness and spirituality of a Japanese garden.
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Plant Sale Sunday
21 June
14.00 - 16.00
Plant Sale A chance to discover some of the more unusual plants propagated by the Friends volunteers.
All reasonably priced in the Greenhouse next to the Education Centre
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Bee Tuesday
23 June
10.30
Bee-friendly plants
Mairie Longden
Mairie is an experienced gardener and perennials specialist. She is responsible for the Tissington Nursery in the old walled kitchen gardens of Tissington Hall estate, Derbyshire. She grows a good selection of choice and unusual perennials especially Nepeta, Salvia, Helianthus, Sanguisorba and Sedum and a good range of alpines.
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Ken Thompson Monday
13 July
19.15
More Devon gardening adventures
Dr Ken Thompson
Ken gained his PhD at the University of Sheffield in 1977, and later settled here in 1990 when he was Research Fellow, Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences. A plant biologist with a keen interest in the public understanding of science, especially the science of gardening. Author of many books and a regular columnist in the gardening section of the Daily Telegraph, he has written several books on gardening and popular science, including Compost, No Nettles Required and Do We Need Pandas? : The Uncomfortable Truth About Biodiversity. In 2016 he was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Veitch Memorial Medal for his contribution to the advancement and improvement of the science and practice of horticulture. He is a long standing and highly valued member and supporter of FOBS, ex Garden Tour Guide and, despite moving to Devon in 2016, a regular on the lecture programme.
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Plant Sale Sunday
26 July
14.00 - 16.00
Plant Sale Another chance to discover some of the more unusual plants propagated by the Friends volunteers.
All reasonably priced in the Greenhouse next to the Education Centre
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Amaryllis belladonna Tuesday
28 July
10.30
South African flora
Prof. James Hitchmough
James is Professor of Horticultural Ecology in the Landscape Department, University of Sheffield. He specialises on research which is focussed on creation of native and non-native vegetation - "ecologically informed herbaceous plant communities that are highly attractive to the lay public" - for use in public urban green space in towns and cities and in many countries. he is a Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture and the British Naturalists Association and is the joint author of paper on grassland species of South Africa. He has collaborated with Trish & Peter Kohn on development of the new South African bed in the Osborn's Field area of the Botanical Gardens.
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Coach trip 11 August or
12 August
Day trip Details to be confirmed
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South African Bed Tuesday
25 August
10.30
Growing South African Plants in Sheffield
Trish Kohn
After 29 years in Sheffield, Trish and Peter Kohn created Kerracher, a garden & small nursery, where they grew an amazing range of plants, many from seed. Since returning to Sheffield in 2010, they have been diligently raising plants from seed, for sale on behalf of FOBS and also to be planted in the Botanical Gardens. During 2019 they created the new bed of South African plants, in Osborn's Field, all grown from seed. Trish's love of the Botanical Gardens is shown in the many hours she spends there propagating and caring for the young plants as a Volunteer and extends to giving talks and acting as a highly knowledgeable Garden tour guide.
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Plant Sale Sunday
13 September
11.00 - 15.00
Autumn Plant Sale Great selection of both familiar and unusual plants at reasonable prices.
In the greenhouse next to the Education Centre
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Fern nursery Monday
14 September
19.15
Life of a landscaper
Neil Timm
Neil is the owner manager of the Fern Nursery in Binbrook, Lincolnshire. He trained at The Isle Of Ely College, Wisbech, and has worked in a number of gardens in Lincolnshire and beyond, including over twenty years as a landscape gardener and garden designer. Almost all plants in the nursery are grown on site from stock plants which are displayed in the large garden. Neil hopes to expand the garden to make it a major visitor attraction, while continuing to develop the nursery's presence at shows, where he has acheived notable success in the past since 2006.
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Alpines Harrogate Flower show Tuesday
22 September
10.30
Putting on a show
Martin Fish
Martin has over 35 years experience in gardening and horticulture. He served his apprenticeship in Surrey and was appointed as Head Gardener at Rufford Abbey, Nottinghamshire at 21. He bought 6 acres & started a landscape, garden maintenance and nursery business. In the early 1990s, writing for Garden News magazine, he created a series of demonstration gardens that also featured in The Garden, Gardener's World Magazine, Kitchen Garden and Garden Answers. He was a regular gardening expert on BBC Radio Nottingham and East Midlands Today, followed by a series, 'Simply Gardening' for Carlton TV. In 2009 Martin moved from Surrey to North Yorkshire where he ran the Harrogate Flower Shows for five years, but in January 2014 he decided to return to gardening roots, developing his own garden, writing & broadcasting about gardening & establishing a Garden Advisory Service. He is an accredited RHS judge, continues to judge for Yorkshire in Bloom and is still active on the gardening show circuit.
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Plant Sale Sunday
11 October
14.00 - 16.00
Plant Sale Last chance to discover some of the more unusual plants propagated by the Friends volunteers.
All reasonably priced in the Greenhouse next to the Education Centre
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Clematis cartmanii Monday
12 October
19.15
Clematis and other climbers
Jeff Bates
Jeff is a freelance lecturer, consultant and examiner in horticulture, a busy garden designer, with a particular interest in historic gardens. He served as an apprentice gardener in 1970 in the Royal Gardens at Windsor Castle & in the Savill & Valley Gardens, Windsor Great Park; trained at Berkshire College of Agr. & Askham Bryan College. Worked in landscape design and construction in Yorkshire before a period of over 20 years as senior lecture in horticulture in Derbyshire. For the past twenty years he has been a judge for East Midlands in Bloom and is also currently chairman of EMiB. He holds the RHS Master of Horticulture qualification.
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plant cells Tuesday
27 October
10.30
How to make a plant:
from a single cell to largest life

Andrew Fleming
Andrew has been Professor of Plant Science at the University of Sheffield since 2004. He achieved his first degree and PhD at Cambridge. A developmental biologist, he worked in Switzerland between 1988 and 2004. We are delighted to welcome Andrew back to the Gardens to update the Friends on latest developments.
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AGM elections Monday
9 November
19.15
Annual General Meeting Chair's report, Treasurer's report and election of committee members
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Garden Tuesday
24 November
10.30
The adventurous gardener
Hilary Hutson
Hilary is well known locally as a horticulturalist and botanist with a passion for gardens and gardening. She has 30 years experience in lecturing to clubs and societies, in UK and abroad. She has a particular interest in tropical garden plants and is a keen photographer. It is a pleasure to welcome Hilary back to the Gardens.
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holly Tuesday
15 December
10.30
Christmas Social Members bring treats to share
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mincepie Wednesday
16 December
10.00
Last Garden Volunteer Working Day Session begins at 10.00, hot drinks and refreshments served at 11.30
Many thanks to all our volunteers