Talk – Rhododendrons and Allied plants

Date(s) - 14/04/2016
20:00 - 21:30
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Rowledge Village Hall


Talk in the village hall, Rhododendrons and Allied plants. A talk by Richard Thornton.

Richard Thornton is a fan of the great plant hunters who explored China and around the Himalayas in the 20th century including Ernest (Chinese) Wilson and Frank Kingdon Ward. He told Country Gardener: “I have visited western China five times on botanical trips and know the excitement of the discovery of plants in the wild and in turn seeing them in one ‘s garden.”  There are herbaceous mixed shrub borders and rock gardens, a stream in which Primula florindae seeds itself (a Kingdon Ward find) and a pool. Many trees and unusual plants can be found within about a quarter of an acre including the Pocket Handkerchief Tree (Davidia involucrata), cornus, paulownia, lomatia and koelreuteria.

 His garden is a member of the NGS and is situated at:

Sandy Slopes, Headley Down

As the name suggests, this is a sloping and partly terraced garden (six miles south of Farnham), a plantsman’s and garden lecturer’s garden with many special features including woodland with rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias, rare meconopsis, primulas, trilliums, lilies and other seasonal plants.

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