Welwyn Garden City Horticultural Society

Past Speakers


This web site is updated regularly Last updated 11th September 2019

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Programme 2019/2020






8th October 2019  “Lessons from Great Gardeners”   Matthew Biggs.  Matthew trained at The Royal Botanic Garden Kew. He has presented many television programmes; he has been a regular panellist on “Gardeners’ Question Time” on the radio; has written several books and many articles for various gardening magazines, including RHS” The Garden”, and is an accomplished lecturer.  Using examples from around the globe and from history, he will examine the motivation, techniques and eccentricities that made some gardeners, such as William Robinson and Gertrude Jekyll, “Great”, so that we can glean some hints for our own gardens.


12th November 2019  “The Chelsea Fringe”   Tim Richardson Tim is the founder of the alternative garden festival, “The Chelsea Fringe”. As an author and journalist, writing on garden and landscape design and covering many Chelsea Flower Shows, he decided in 2012 to spread the event to the wider community which formed a fringe around the show. The aim is to celebrate all the community and guerrilla gardening taking place and to encourage links between gardens and art, literature, music, cookery, history and ecology. Nothing is commissioned or curated.


10th December 2019  “Modern Materials for Garden Use” Richard Bickler


2020 meetings are listed briefly on Events page.


Welwyn Planning and Amenity Group web site gives our programme and a lot of information about the village which members may find interesting.  wpag.org.uk


Roy Lancaster         

Dr. Phillip Cribb

Geoff Hodge          

Colin Ward

Charles Dowding

Andrew Halstead

Anne Godfrey                

Dr. Brenda Harold

Dr Andrew Ward

Alistair Gunn

John Negus     

Dr. Keith Furguson.

Dr. Nigel Dunnet.

Russell Bowes .   

Charles Adams.

Caradoc Doy

Carol Sharp .

Oliver Waring

Tony Kirkham

Ursula Buchan

Prof. Fiona Stafford Rosy Hardy

James Crebin -Bailey

Timothy Walker

Nick Bailey



Paul Pulford        

Anne Roberts

Barry Newman Timothy Walker

Andrew Brogan

Michael Clark

Anne Luder               

Jim Gardener

Aubrey Barker

Ken Thompson

Jane Owen     

Chris Bailes

Patricia Fox

Andrew McIndoe  

Kate Harwood

Stephen Harmer

Simon Charlesworth

Tom Stuart-Smith Jacqueline Aviolet Ray Broughton   

Noel Kingsbury Lady Skelmersdale Jim Buttress

Alan Sergent

Kathy Brown

Darren Lerigo

Tim Hill

Meetings are held in St.Francis’ Church Hall on the 2nd Tuesday of months - Feb., March, April, May, Sept, Oct., Nov., Dec., at 8pm. Doors open at 7.40pm.