Garden Speakers

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Jane Allison

Robert Barlow

Brain Ellis

Christine Ffoulkes Jones

Paul Green

Marguerite Hughes and Sue Gillon

Kim & Rob Hurst

Anthony Norman

Rob Potterton

Dr. Steve Reynolds

Jack Willgoss

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Rob Potterton

Rob's nursery was established in 1971 by his parents Bob & Jean Potterton and their friend Alan Martin and was formerly called Potterton & Martin. Rob & his wife Jackie who have worked at the nursery from the mid 1980's took over the business in 1998 following the retirement of his parents. They continue to offer a very extensive range of Alpines, Dwarf Bulbs and Woodland plants which are supplied to visitors at the nursery, to customers at the many shows they attend and by mail order throughout the UK, Europe and as far afield as Japan.

The nursery has been awarded seven Gold medals at Chelsea Flower Show, the RHS Farrer Trophy on 4 occasions and many & numerous Gold medals at Harrogate, Malvern and Gardeners World and in the past he has appeared on BBC Gardeners World and featured in various Radio programmes, most recently with Ann Swithinbank on Gardeners Question Time.

The talks presented are practical, down to earth and light hearted, usually from October to March but will consider other dates. They are in brilliant digital format, a list of images is offered to each member of the audience and plants can be pre-ordered for collection or offered for sale at the talk. He will travel any distance having recently returned from visits to Denmark and Sweden and always enjoys a new challenge.

Alpines and Bulbs - From Mountains to Market: An account of my memories and experiences travelling with the Alpine Garden Society seed collection expedition to the mountains of Yunnan in south west China in 1994. Then we take a brief look at the methods used to raise these seeds and establish plants into cultivation. This talk lasts for approximately 70 minutes. 

A Labour of Love, 40 Years at Pottertons Nursery: A special talk looking at the history of the founding of the nursery back in 1971 when it was originally named Potterton and Martin, detailing how the nursery has developed over the last 40 years including the building of our beautiful gardens. Other topics discussed include nursery propagation methods, cultivation, preparation for flower shows, mail order techniques and so much more. This is a thoroughly enjoyable talk that will last about 70 minutes

Special Nursery Challenge: An amusing, light hearted, nursery and plant orientated quiz with many special spot prizes awarded - always popular around Christmas but demands a strong audience participation. Duration about 1 hour.

Contact Details:

Phone: 01472 851714 (before 9pm please)

Email: rob@pottertons.co.uk 

Website: www.pottertons.co.uk 

Talk info: www.pottertons.co.uk/pott/talks.php