Expert gardening talks to aid charity
For the second year running, Yeo Valley will be hosting some of Britain's best-known gardeners and landscape designers as they deliver exclusive garden workshops between March and October.
The Somerset-based family-run dairy company is hosting the talks to help raise funds for Horatio's Garden, the pioneering new rehabilitation garden for patients at the regional spinal injuries centre in Salisbury.
For keen horticulturists this is an opportunity to meet, listen to and learn from Britain's leading experts. Events will take place at the Yeo Valley Organic Garden and Tea Room in Blagdon, Somerset. Here, members of the Mead family, who run Yeo Valley, have created a stunning six- acre organic garden with tea rooms.
The garden talks will include a delicious two-course lunch using locally sourced organic produce. Most sessions will also include a guided tour of Yeo Valley's Organic Garden, the only organically certified ornamental garden in the UK.
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Starting on March 18, Horatio's Garden Talks will feature some of Britain's best-known gardeners from TV, radio and leading gardening publications. TV gardener Sarah Raven will start the series and we have two tickets to her talk, worth £65 each, to give away (see box for details).
Sarah is well-known for her appearances on TV and her many books. She is part of a much-loved gardening "power couple".
Sarah Mead, who runs the Organic Garden at Yeo Valley, says: "Following the success of last year's events, this year's calendar of garden talks is bigger and better. The workshops are a unique opportunity to learn from Britain's leading gardening experts and pick up incredible tips and techniques first-hand. We're delighted that through these great events, we can support the invaluable work that Horatio's Garden does."
Future events include talks from leading landscape architect Kim Wilkie, Yeo Valley head gardener James Cox and celebrated garden designer Cleve West. Each will run sessions on a range of topics, including edible gardening, landscape design and flower arranging. In autumn, award-winning landscape architect Bunny Guinness, of Gardener's Question Time on Radio 4, will be talking, as will the former head gardener at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage, Mark Diacono.
Money raised from the Yeo Valley garden workshops will go to Horatio's Garden, at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre in Salisbury, which is the only specialist spinal injury centre in the South and South West.
Horatio's Garden is named in memory of Horatio Chapple, who was killed by a polar bear at the age of 17. Horatio had planned to study medicine and was a volunteer at the Spinal Treatment Centre, where he had helped with research that identified patients' needs for a garden.
For more information visit www.yeovalley.co.uk