PPML 2023

The Percy Picton Memorial Lecture on Monday 2nd October: 

“Plants, Borders and Gardens” with Timothy Walker.

The annual Percy Picton Memorial Lecture is just under a week away! 

Timothy describes his talk “Plants, Borders and Gardens” as a very personal view of modern English gardening and gardens. He will be telling us about plants from all over the world which deserve to be more widely grown in our gardens, and then looking at some ways of putting plants together to create borders and finally considering what makes plants and borders into a garden.

Tickets cost £15 and are available from The Old Court Nurseries or John Goodwin Estate Agents in Colwall. They can also be reserved by ringing Helen on 07971 522891. 

Doors open from 7pm for drinks and nibbles at Colwall Village Hall leaving plenty of opportunity to socialize, to enjoy the entries to the Aster Competition, and to buy a raffle ticket; the talk will begin at 7.30 pm.

We hope that lots of you will take part in the Ernest Ballard Aster Competition. Bring along a vase of Michaelmas Daisies, preferably mixed varieties, it’s one entry per person and a trophy is awarded to the best exhibit.

Monthly plant sales have finished for the year but please bring along some cash to buy raffle tickets! 


Botanist Timothy Walker is a well known, entertaining and knowledgeable speaker. He worked for many years at the Oxford Botanic Garden, starting as a trainee gardener in 1980, as Horti Praefectus from 1988 and finally as Director from 2002.  Between 1992 & 2000 the OBG won 4 gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Since 1986 Timothy has been giving lectures to gardening clubs, horticultural societies, Art Societies etc.  He has given more than 2000 talks in Britain, Ireland, Germany, France, North America, and Australia! From August 2014 he has been a lecturer in Plant Sciences at Somerville College, Oxford, and now holds similar positions at Pembroke College and Hertford College. 

In addition to gardening in his own garden, his particular interests are euphorbias, plant conservation, and explaining why plants are fascinating and important. We are looking forward to his talk.

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