Herefordshire Growing Point Gardeners’ Question Time Event

PUBLISHED: 11:34 26 March 2014 | UPDATED: 11:35 26 March 2014

The Panellists!

The Panellists!

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Last weekend gardeners had the chance to have their questions answered by a panel of experts, which included The English Garden magazine’s Editor at Large, Tamsin Westhorpe.

Lady Darnley, Andrew  Wynn, Tamsin WesthorpeLady Darnley, Andrew Wynn, Tamsin Westhorpe

This is the time of year when gardening is a hot topic. On Saturday 15th March gardeners had the chance to have their questions answered by an experienced panel at an event hosted by local charity, Herefordshire Growing Point. This is the second event of its kind to be organised by the charity and as in 2012 more than 100 gardeners gathered to find the solution to their gardening problems. The session at the Kindle Centre in Hereford was chaired by Tamsin Westhorpe, who is Editor at Large of The English Garden magazine, a role she combines with being a director of Stockton Bury Gardens near Leominster. On the panel were Robert Myers, a landscape architect and garden designer based in Kington who has won six gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show; Stephen Anderton, the gardening correspondent for the Times whose own garden is near Abergavenny, and Nick Dunn, from Trees for Life in Tenbury Wells, grandson of its founder and Chairman of the RHS Fruit, Vegetable and Herb committee. Questions came thick and fast and topics covered included the underrated Bergenia plant, disease in mature yew trees, the benefits of the no-dig method for vegetable gardens, and a Mediterranean planting scheme for a sunny bank.

After the Question Time session, guests enjoyed wine and canapés, and mingled with panel members who stayed on to answer more questions. A raffle, drawn by Sir Roy Strong, was run in aid of Herefordshire Growing Point with prizes generously donated by the Herefordshire Horticultural Hub. The Hub was co-founded by Tamsin Westhorpe in 2012 as a network to promote and link the exceptional horticultural businesses, gardens and gardening skills that are based in and around Herefordshire.

Andrew Huntley and Andrew WynnAndrew Huntley and Andrew Wynn

All funds raised by the Gardeners’ Question Time event will be used by Herefordshire Growing Point to provide social and therapeutic horticulture to improve quality of life for people of all ages with disability and help people to continue enjoying the benefits of gardening. More than 250 people each month use the services of Herefordshire Growing Point and the charity’s work was recognised in 2013 by a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Growing Point’s Chairman, Laura Hone said “We couldn’t have held such a successful event without the chairman and panellists who were so generous with their time and expertise. We would also like to thank the Horticultural Hub who donated some of the wonderful raffle prizes and are extremely grateful to everyone who contributed to this very enjoyable evening”.

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