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HEREFORDSHIRE HORTICULTURAL HUB

SPEAKERS 

  The Hub has many speakers with years of experience and expertise in their field.  Contact sarah@hortihub.co.uk if you would like to book a speaker for your club or group gathering.  

Tamsin Westhorpe
has over 20 years experience in the gardening industry. She trained at Burford House gardens with her great uncle John Treasure and then studied at Sparsholt College near Winchester. She has worked as a parks gardener, a lecturer at Kingston Maurward College, gardening script writer for Meridian TV, and she has written for many national gardening magazines such as Amateur Gardening and Women's Weekly. She is now Editor-at-large of The English Garden magazine and helps to run her family garden, Stockton Bury. She is a regular on local radio, has featured on QVC and GMTV and has lectured in Japan and across the UK at shows.  Tamsin can offer talks on a wide range of subjects.  

Elizabeth Banks
 Elizabeth is a landscape architect and ran the international renowned consultancy - Elizabeth Banks Associates for twenty years. EBA specialized in enabling the restoration of historic landscapes and recreated several historic gardens throughout Europe and the USA. Along with her husband, she manages Hergest Croft Gardens ‘one of the best collections of trees and shrubs in private hands’ which extend to over 70 acres. Elizabeth is a local councillor, , as well as a Deputy Lieutenant of Herefordshire.. She was President of the RHS from 2010 -2013 and is now President Emeritus. For the RHS Elizabeth is chairman of the Lindley Libary and Art Committee, and on the Garden Advisory committee.  She is also a member of the Arboreta Advisory Committee for Westonbirt Arboretum and Bedgebury Pinetum. Elizabeth has written a book ‘Creating Period Gardens’ and many articles appeared on TV programmes and given lectures and talks in Europe and America.     

Kim & Rob Hurst
of The Cottage Herbery are both experienced speakers offering a wide range of topics in their specialist fields of Herbs, Unusual Edibles,Cottage Garden Plants and Growing Organically&  Peat-Free. 

Julia Stanley
is a freelance plant and garden photographer based in Shropshire. She graduated with a BA(Hons) in Photography in 2000 and is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. A member of the Garden Media Guild and the Professional Garden Photographers Association she has been published in  The English Garden, The Edible Garden, Shropshire Life Magazine, WI Life magazine and contributes images regularly to the NGS for use in their annual Yellow Book with one of her images being chosen for the front cover in 2011. 

Mary Stevenson has experience gained as a gardener, horticulturist, landscaper and plantswoman. She first trained as a gardener then secured a Degree in Horticulture from the respected Wye College, London University. Mary worked as a supervisor with Blakedown Landscapes, based in the West Midlands, where she implemented large-scale planting schemes, including office surroundings, care homes, and motorway embankments. After several years Mary took up an appointment at the renowned plantsman’s nursery, Perryhill Nurseries, Hartfield, East Sussex. She has also worked at Wakehurst Place (Royal Botanic Gardens) teaching visiting students.  Lectures include All Year colour in the Garden, Botanical Latin: Plant Names Demystified, Growing Vegetables and Herbs in Containers, Woman in a Man's World, Trees for Small Gardens, Problem Areas in Your Garden, Bulbs, Corms and Tubers for Year-Round Colour and The Role of the Garden Designer.

Mark W. Zenick    After gardening for more than 25 years in western Massachusetts I have been living in bucolic South Shropshire with Marie, my English wife, for the past ten years and have become deeply impressed by the rich love affairs the English carry on with their gardens. Believing gardens to be sources of refreshment, creativity and joy, we opened Mynd Hardy Plants as a haven of welcome to all who take comfort and inspiration from their gardens. The nursery, now run by Richard and Jill Rallings, still offers customers a range of perennials which can provide years of proud pleasure and sublime enjoyment. I offer talks on Hemerocallis and An American Nurseryman's Perspective on English Gardening

Alun and Jill Whitehead
are both experienced speakers, having designed and developed their garden at Aulden Farm. They also hold the National Collection of Siberian Iris and have an in-depth knowledge of this group of plants. Various subjects are covered, and all are digital presentations given by us both.

Helen Picton & Ross
from Old Court Nurseries. More information to come!

Noel Kingsbury  is recognised internationally as an innovator in planting design, with an approach founded on the application of plant ecology. He has written numerous books, including several with Dutch designer Piet Oudolf, writes regularly for Gardens Illustrated and The Daily Telegraph, and lectures and runs workshops here and abroad. His lecture topics are wide-ranging and cover perennials and naturalistic planting design, the politics of gardening, to more light-hearted travelogues; he has a reputation as an entertaining speaker. He also runs day workshops on plants and planting design for amateur and professional groups. There is a full list of lecture topics here

Michael Marriott is the senior rosarian of David Austin Roses. He has worked with roses for over 30 years and is regarded as one of the world’s most respected rose experts. Apart from designing rose gardens around the UK and the world and helping to maintain them at their best he is also a very experienced lecturer well known for his enthusiasm and very extensive knowledge of all aspects of roses. He has a number of different topics he can lecture on from the ‘World of Roses’, ‘Using Roses in the Garden’ and ‘David Austin’s English Roses’ to ‘Breeding New Varieties of Roses and Behind the scenes at Chelsea’.  Email here