Hardy Plant Society (Middlesex Group)

Programme of Speakers 2020

Here is our Programme of Speakers for 2020. Find more information about Where We Meet.

January No Meeting  
Monday 3rd February

2020 AGM and Social Evening

Speaker: Paul Richardson, Hillingdon Green Spaces and Hillingdon in Bloom

Monday 2nd March

Darren Rudge: ‘Teabags, Bras and Tights’

Known as “the Laughing Gardener”, with a novel and inspirational approach to gardening issues and problems from over 30 years’ experience in horticulture. He is a BBC garden broadcaster and radio presenter and a multi-award winning garden designer.

Saturday 4th April

8.15 am to 4.45 pm

PAPS - Passionate About Plants, Saturday 4 April 2020

Brunel University, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH


Monday 11th May

Colin Oakes: ‘Digging for Victory’

As an Archaeologist by profession and a blue badge guide, Colin is well established and skilled to give us a fascinating talk.

Monday 1st June

Tom Coles: ‘Water in Your Garden’

Horticultural Lecturer at Writtle College, writer and broadcaster. Tom’s talk will include looking at traditional and contemporary usage of water in the garden, including maintenance.

July / August No Meetings  
Monday 7th September

Dr Brenda Harold: ‘How Plants Control Animals’

Brenda is a qualified Botanist and retired University Lecturer. Talking with us about the fascinating topic of how plants defend themselves, both physically and chemically, from herbivores and how occasionally they become carnivores! And intriguingly how plants use animals to carry their pollen and seeds.

Monday 5th October

Bob Brown: ‘Plants Grow in Dirt’

Bob spends much of his time going around the world looking for new things to bring back to his own nursery Cotswold Garden Flowers. He will bring and share with us his incredible knowledge on plants and also some of his own plants for sale.

Monday 2nd November

David Hurrion: ‘The World of Plants in Our Back Gardens’

David is a trained teacher, an Associate Editor for BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, an expert commentator and extensive plant discoverer.

Monday 7th December

Val Bourne: ‘Roses and Peonies’: A Marriage Made in Heaven

Val is an award-winning garden writer, organic gardener and Lecturer. Her talk will follow the history of peony breeding and their use as companion plants for roses.