December 5 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 22, 2013
The Association’s autumn garden conference 2013 is entitled “the World of Trees” and boasts an impressive line up of internationally acclaimed speakers covering a range of topics designed to give a fascinating insight, practical ideas and inspiration to any lover of trees.
Chaired by past president of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Giles Coode-Adams, who is also one of the founders of the Millennium Seedbank at Kew, the conference will appeal to anyone who appreciates or is fascinated by trees, those who have planted, pruned and treasured them and are captured by how they can transform and affect a landscape, and for keen gardeners who are eager to hear of the trials, pleasures and successes of those who have given their time and energies to arboriculture.
Renowned arboriculturist, gardener and author and someone known equally well for his many books on wine, Hugh Johnson will discuss “Trees in the Landscape.” Hugh enjoys a parallel career as a writer on gardens, plants, but mainly trees and wrote the International Book of Trees that was first published in 1973, and then revised in a later edition published in 2010 called simply “Trees.”
For over 40 years he and his family have lived at Saling Hall in Essex and cultivated its 12 acre garden, during which time he was the editor of the RHS Journal for many years, changing the title to The Garden – as it is still known today - on taking office.
Since 1975 he has written his regular Tradescant’s Diary which can be accessed online at www.tradsdiary.com.
He will be followed by Tony Kirkham the Head of Arboretum and Horticultural services at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, who will describe the challenges facing “Keeping Kew at the forefront of Botanic Gardens.” More recently he featured on the BBC2 series “A Year at Kew” and also presented the programme “The trees that made Britain.”
Following an apprenticeship in the forestry industry, he began at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew on the three year diploma course in 1982. In 2001 he became the Head of the Arboretum and Horticultural Services, responsible for management and curation of the 14,000 trees in the collections. He represents Kew on the RHS bursaries, Castle Howard Arboretum Trust, International Dendrology Society and is a trustee of the Tree Register of the British Isles.
Following lunch, former SAA chairman and President Carol Gurney will give an insight into the arboretum he and his wife Elizabeth have created at their farm in the Stour Valley which includes many varieties of plants collected on their travels in the Himalayas.
Rounding up the day will be Roy Lancaster OBE a lifelong plantsman who has travelled the world in search of trees and other plants in their native habitats in order to understand their cultivation requirements. A RHS member for 40 years, he was elected vice-president in 2005.
In 2002 he received the Garden Writers’ Guild Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2006 was elected an Honorary Fellow of Kew Guild followed in 2008 by the Kew Guild Medal. Author of 10 books, he contributes regularly to the RHS magazine the Garden, the BBC Gardener’s World magazine and Gardens Illustrated.
The all day conference Thursday November 7 at Trinity Park Event Centre begins at 9.30am and concludes at 3.30pm, includes two course lunch and tea and coffee. Sponsored by Alitex Greenhouses, NFU Mutual and Suffolk Gardens Trust, it will also include tradestands selling books and gardening related items.
“This really is an impressive line-up of distinguished speakers and we are extremely privileged and delighted they have given up their time to be with us,” said Stephen Miles, senior steward of the Flower and Garden Experience at the Suffolk Show who has worked with John Dyter to compile the programme.
“The varied selection of topics should ensure an educational day with practical ideas laced with the anecdotes of long experience. This is definitely a conference not to be missed and we expect tickets to sell quickly.”
Tickets are priced £35 for SAA and SGT members, £40 for non members and £20 for delegates aged under 30; all prices include VAT, and can be booked at www.suffolkshow.co.uk/gardeningconference2013 or call 01473 707118 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.