Programme of Speakers 2022

January 19th (Zoom) – Carole Whittaker: The History, Medicinal Qualities and care of Monarda. 

These beautiful perennials from North America have been utilised since 2,500 BC by the Native American peoples for their medicinal qualities.  But the history does not stop there!  The talk covers all aspects of caring for these unusual, late summer perennials.

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February 16th (Zoom) – Nancy Stevens: “Delightful, De-lovely, Deranged”

From the superbloom of the Atacama and the Flying Duck Orchid of Australia to the ‘Apple of Death’ of Central America, the Red Spider Lily of Japan and all points in between.

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March 16thRestart of our ‘in person’ meetings in Pumsaint Hall

AGM followed by:

Kari Astri-Davies: “A gardening journey – plants, places, people”

For many of us, gardening is a personal journey for which there isn’t a particular set destination point.
We carry on learning as we go, gathering ideas, creating gardens and natural spaces large and small, that reflect our influences and interests, and that make us happy.

These are just a few of the gardens, nurseries, plants and people that have inspired and delighted me so far.

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April 20th – Joseph Atkin – “The Kitchen Garden”

Well known to many of us, Joseph is Head Gardener at Aberglasney

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May – Jacky Batty – “All you ever wanted to know about the National Garden Scheme… and maybe a bit more!”

Jacky is the Country Organiser for the National Garden Scheme for Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.

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June – Stuart Ackermans – “Cae Hir through the Seasons”

Established by Wil Ackermans in the late 80’s, Cae Hir is now run by his son and daughter Stuart and Julie. “Stuart is both head and under-gardener at Cae Hir, having inherited the ‘One Man Job’ title after his father’s health took a sharp downturn in 2017 and subsequent death in 2020. The garden goes from strength to strength under his guardianship, and he is enjoying putting his own stamp on the family garden.”

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July – Jenny Matthews – “Ornamental Grasses”

Jenny has an amazing garden on the northern slopes of the Presellis with fabulous views. Many of us will have fond memories of her nursery ‘Moorland Cottage Plants’ and the excellent quality of plants we could find there. One of her specialities is ornamental grasses displayed to great effect in her garden.

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August – Summer Social

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September – Bob Brown – “Native Plants as Garden Flowers”

Renowned plantsman, speaker and garden writer, Bob Brown of Cotswold Garden Flowers makes a welcome return to Cothi Gardeners.

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October – Richard Bramley – “Autumn into Winter”

“There comes a point in time when, as the gardening year progresses, colour in a lot of gardens begins to wane. Gardens often look lack lustre and many an avid gardener becomes a little despondent and longs for the winter clean up…… Well stop it!! This talk is designed to show us all that the autumn is a season with a plethora of plants that give an absolute riot of colour.

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November –  Timothy Walker “Sex, Lies and Putrefaction” (Recording of Zoom lecture)

A brilliant talk on pollination – informative, humorous and beautifully illustrated.

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December – Christmas Social

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