Doors open 7.15 for 7.45 pm.
All scheduled lectures before the summer have been cancelled due to the effect of the coronavirus restrictions. We aim to reopen our lecture season at the New Windmill Hall in October 2021.
9th March 2021 CANCELLED
Havering’s Horticultural History – Lois Amos
One of our favourite speakers opens our new season of lectures with her usual enthusiasm and knowledge and will explore why Havering is not usually famed for the connection it has or the history of horticulture it holds. However, the more we delve into Havering’s horticultural heritage the more we will discover. We will learn something about Havering in Bloom and enjoy Lois’s inimitable lively delivery!
13th April 2021 CANCELLED
Pelargoniums – Brian Carline
Brian is a retired teacher and has written several books as well as being an after-dinner speaker. He has grown pelargoniums and fuchsias for over 40 years, mostly organically and returns once again to Upminster to introduce us to several varieties of pelargoniums. Many of us grow bedding pelargoniums in the summer (often referred to as geraniums) but tonight we will hear in more depth about the Regal and Angel varieties which Brian has propagated for many years. We hope he will be bringing along some of his plants for sale.
11th May 2021 U&DHS Plant Sale and
Weeds and the Weed-Free Garden – Geoff Hodge CANCELLED
A writer and broadcaster for over 20 years, Geoff joins us tonight from Peterborough. Weeds are something most of us don’t want to grow in our gardens. Tonight Geoff will give us hints, tips, advice and the weapons to fight the battle with our garden weeds and help us to reduce and prevent weeds invading our gardens. A very entertaining speaker, so don’t miss this one!
8th June 2021
Vegetable Growing - Mike Jervis CANCELLED
Tonight’s speaker, Mike Jervis, is a nationally qualified judge for vegetables and daffodils and an EGHJ (Essex Guild of Horticultural Judges) since the mid 1990's. Tonight he will give us his first-hand gardening knowledge about vegetable growing. This is something which more people have started doing in 2020 either because they had more time during lockdown, or it avoids going to the shops, or simply because home-grown food tastes better. Mike will start his talk answering your questions and addressing any problems you may have growing veg, give us some tips and end by showing us some pictures of what can be achieved when growing vegetables for shows!
12th October 2021
The Secret Blind Garden (Charity Lecture) - Shelley Hart
Shelley Hart from the Havering Volunteer Centre who support the volunteers at the Secret Blind Garden in Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch will tonight give us some of the history of the garden and how they are currently developing the site. At the time of writing they are fundraising to produce braille signage for the plants. The garden is a little oasis tucked away not far from the main entrance to Harrow Lodge and open for anyone to enjoy.
9th November 2021
Gardens of Easton Lodge - Angus Drever
Angus Drever, who joined the Gardens in 2011 as a volunteer, will tell the story of these historic gardens from the 1590s in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I to the present day. The talk will take us through the Edwardian period when the estate was owned by its most famous inhabitant, Daisy, the Countess of Warwick, to the current efforts of volunteers to restore and renovate the gardens which are open to the public on a few special days of the year. Well worth a visit. Website
14th December 2021
How to Grow and Care for Orchids – Michael Radley
Michael and his wife have been growing orchids for over 32 years and he has been an accredited orchid judge for 20 years. Tonight’s talk will cover orchid care and the problems associated with this group of plants. So next time you buy, or are given an orchid, you will know better how to care for it. You will be able to ask for advice and, if you wish, you can bring along your own plants to discuss with Michael. A wide range of orchids will be presented tonight, not just the well-known phalaenopsis.
11th January 2022
Flowering Shrubs in July and August – George Lockwood
Another new speaker for the Society, George will brighten the winter gloom with a look at shrubs that we could grow in our gardens to flower in July and August. Shrubs can be less demanding in terms of maintenance than annuals or some perennials but we can see tonight what will bring colour to our gardens at the end of summer. George, an organic gardener, worked at Capel Manor for many years and now enjoys giving talks to many groups.
8th March 2022
Miss Jekyll's Gardening Boots - Russell Bowes
This is a biography-based talk, looking at the lives and careers of Alicia Amherst, Ellen Willmot, William Robinson, Gertrude Jekyll, Christopher Lloyd and Monty Don. So it touches on Warley Place, Gravetye, Munstead Wood, Upton Grey and Great Dixter, in more or less detail depending on the particular garden. For the rest, it looks at the gardeners' lives and the people they knew and worked with, rather than being specifically about their gardens.
12th April 2022
Secrets of Hever Castle – Neil Miller
Neil used to work in the City of London. Following redundancy, he decided to follow his passion and take up a career in horticulture. Now he is Head Gardener at Hever Castle where he has been for over 17 years. During this time Neil has visited and worked in gardens in Israel, Morocco and North Korea. Perhaps another story? Tonight we go behind the scenes of the gardens at Hever from their implementation in the early 20th century to current times. We will be offering a coach trip to Hever in the summer of 2022.