October 23rd – 2pm -Peter Williams – “Wonderful Weeds

This talk looks at the amazing strategies that have evolved in annual and perennial plants that allow them to become such ‘good’ weeds.  It does so by telling the stories of selected weeds (e.g.,Bittercress, Cleavers and Ground Elder) that regularly invade the garden.  It also covers plants that were initially introduced as garden plants but ‘jumped the fence’ to become weeds in the general environment (e.g., Rhododendron, Giant Hogweed, Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam).  Poppies are covered as a special case and their significance as a symbol of remembrance is considered.


November 13th – 2pm - Graham Spencer – “New Plants - the Future for our Gardens”

All gardeners get excited by the prospect of a new plant. This talk provides an opportunity to get excited by recent introductions and by plants that have not yet been launched.
In this talk, Graham, from Plants for Europe, gives an insight into the new plant development process, including a brief introduction to Plant Variety Rights and the commercial aspects of new variety development, as well as a discussion of the qualities required to make a new plant a success. This is followed by an illustrated discussion of some of the new plants that have recently been introduced or are about to be launched through Plants For Europe – which inevitably gets the note-takers in the audience scribbling in their pads!


25th September 2pm “Seeds - Time Capsules of Life”with Dr Wolfgang Stuppy

In a pioneering SciArt collaboration, scientist Dr. Wolfgang Stuppy and artist Prof. Rob Kesseler used the scanning electron microscope (SEM) to explore the astonishing microcosm of seeds and fruits. Whilst Stuppy provided the scientific expertise to manoeuvre their way through the bewildering diversity of plants, Kesseler turned the black-and-white images obtained with the SEM into sumptuously coloured works of art. In this talk, Dr. Stuppy will take you on a hitherto unseen journey into the world of seeds and fruits, revealing their intricate and often bafflingly unlikely structures and how they enable plants to survive in their different environments.

Currently curator of the Botanic Garden at Ruhr-University in Bochum, Germany, Dr. Wolfgang Stuppy spent 18 years as a botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Starting out as Threatened Plants Officer in 1999, he soon took on the role of Kew’s Seed Morphologist to support Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank Partnership. In this international conservation initiative, Dr. Stuppy had found the ideal environment to feed his passion for the astonishing biology of seeds and fruits. A specialist in a rarely studied field, Dr. Stuppy has authored numerous scientific and popular scientific publications and books. He is a keen photographer and his images have been widely published.


Everyone is welcome and information on how to access the talks is given below.

16th October 2pm  ”Living in a Botanical World, a Small Garden with Big Dreams” with Paul Gellatly

Toronto Botanical Garden has a hidden gem in the heart of Canada’s biggest city. But not for long! Paul Gellatly, TBG’s Director of  Horticulture will walk you through his first year at the gardens with many lessons learned, passions shared, and exciting plans for the future. Paul will highlight some of the unique aspects to the current 4-acre garden including its perennial borders, Canada’s only Piet Oudolf designed garden, dynamic planters, revitalized trial gardens and natural areas; along with the upcoming plans to expand to a 35-acre world-renowned botanical garden.

A passionate life-long horticulturist, Paul Gellatly joined Toronto Botanical Garden as the Director of Horticulture on March 9, 2020. Prior to that, Paul was the Curatorial Gardener for one of Canada’s largest tropical plant collections at the Toronto Zoo. He worked on the zoo’s pollinator meadows and the revitalization plan to control invasive plants. This included proactively reintroducing native ephemeral and understory trees. 

Many online garden lovers may know Paul through his strong online presence as the Tattooed Gardener, with social media posts reaching 10 Million people per month. He is an avid collector of rare and unusual plants, and an experienced hybridizer of daylilies, with 20 registrations with the American Hemerocallis Society.

Paul was a gardener at the City of Toronto and spent six years at Plant World in their perennial department. He was estate gardener for an award-winning garden in Carlisle, Ontario; an acre of forested property filled with native and unique plants. Paul’s home garden, which contains an eclectic mixture of plants, is currently featured in Tara Nolan’s new book Gardening Your Front Yard: Projects and Ideas for Big and Small Spaces.

6th November at 2 pm “ A Yorkshire Spade in a Tuscan Garden”with Nick Dakin-Elliott    

Nick Dakin-Elliot was born and brought up in Yorkshire. He started gardening early and saw no better place to forge a horticultural career than………Yorkshire. This talk compares and contrasts that formative experience with that gained as a result of two decades of gardening in Tuscany, Italy. The gardening traditions and ways of doing things are very different, as are the things folk hope to get from their gardens but, Nick argues, the wholeness of such diverse gardening experience is much greater than the sum of the two halves.  Nick, as Horticultural Associate, is responsible for the gardens and grounds of Villa La Pietra and, as Garden Manager of the garden of Villa Torre di Sopra, both in Florence, Italy.

Previously, Nick was senior lecturer in horticulture at Pershore College of Horticulture in England. He has written for a wide range of publications on horticultural issues and was a contributor to the Royal Horticultural Society’s Dictionary of Gardening. He has also given classes for the Society as well as organisations as diverse as the Seychelles government, New York Botanical Gardens and the Landscape Museum of Verbania, Piemonte.


STEP 1: Send an e-mail to jane.m.guy@gmail.com who will confirm your place. You must have a confirmed booking before making any payment.

STEP 2:  Make a payment.  If paying by BACS:-

Name: Lincs group of HPS

Sort code: 30-95-05

Account No: 01611933

Reference : Your surname followed by the month of the talk you are paying for.

Or send Jane a cheque for £4 for Lincolnshire HPS members, £5 for all others, made payable to the Lincs Group of HPS and post to Jane Guy, 14 Jubilee Avenue, Faldingworth, Nr. Market Rasen, Lincs., LN8 3FF

STEP 3:   Jane will send you the joining instructions/link a couple of days before the event.


All booking enquiries by e-mail to Jane at jane.m.guy@gmail.com or telephone 07971 277482

All zoom enquiries by email to Diane at dianepuncheon@yahoo.com  or telephone 07968 058458