Gardening events 2019

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The Birdcage, Basin and view to Melbourne Hall in winter  - © Andrea Jones


8&9 January


John Anderson, CGS speaker Credit: CGS 

Talks: Royal gardener to lecture about Windsor Great Park and his travels in India

John Anderson, Keeper of the Gardens at Windsor Great Park, is responsible for Savill, Valley Gardens and Her Majesty’s private garden at Frogmore. John enjoys travelling to India, Chile, Australia and South Africa to study plants; he is also Vice Chair of the RHS Woody Plant Committee and a winner of the A J Waley Medal for Rhododendrons.

The Gardens of Windsor Great Park: Savill and Valley will be his subject on Tuesday 8th January at 7.30pm at the Alverton in Truro, whilst Travels in North East India: A Hidden Paradise for Plants and People will be his focus on Wednesday 9th January at 2.30pm at St Mellion International Resort in Saltash.

Free for CGS members. Non-members are welcome, donations gratefully received. A local nursery will be on hand with high quality plants for sale.

The Alverton Hotel, Tregolls Rd, Truro TR1 1ZQ (Jan 8) and  St Mellion International Resort in Saltash, Plymouth PL12 6SD (Jan 9)​  (

13 January


The Birdcage, Basin and view to Melbourne Hall in winter  Credit: Andrea Jones

House and garden open at Melbourne Hall 

Enjoy a complimentary glass of warming mulled wine and a delicious mince pie, accompanied by seasonal music, as you take a tour of the Hall then wander through the historic gardens. Don’t miss the alpacas and miniature horses in the paddocks!

After your stroll, leave by the garden gate and you will find the tearooms open for refreshments by a log fire and, in the courtyard, you will find the wine shop and other temptations.  

11am to 3pm, Melbourne Hall, Church Square, Melbourne, Derbyshire, DE73 8EN  (

26 January



The Ultimate Snowdrop Sale

The highlight of every galanthophile’s calendar is fast approaching - the annual snowdrop sale at the award winning Myddelton House Gardens in Enfield, north London. Hundreds of snowdrop enthusiasts and keen gardeners will gather from far and wide to get their hands on a rare or unusual new bulb. Specialist nurseries will exhibit both common and rare varieties, with prices ranging from as little as £5 to up to £1,000 per plant for the Dryad Gold variety, with its distinctive golden colour.

 Visitors will also be able to explore the eight acre gardens, once the home of Edward Augustus Bowles, one of Britain’s most influential and innovative gardeners of his era. The Bowles Tea Room offers warming refreshments and snacks. Free entry.

10:30am – 12:00 (Gates open at 8:30am - arrive early to ensure entry). Myddelton House Gardens, Bulls Cross, Enfield, Middlesex EN2 9HG (


2 February – 3 March


Snowdrop walks at Rode Hall & Gardens

Wander through an impressive 70 varieties of snowdrop on the mile-long walk through Humphrey Repton's Rode Hall gardens for an enchanting introduction to spring. The walk takes visitors through the cascades of snowdrops in the Old Wood and Wild Garden, down to the Lake and around the white borders of the formal Nesfield garden in front of the house, showcasing the Hall's stunning kitchen garden and vistas down the Colonel's Walk. 

At the Halls itself, the Courtyard Kitchen is a lovely place to refuel after taking in the fresh air outside, and if you make it down for either February 2 or March 2, you'll be treated to a farmers' market setting local artisan produce.

£5 admission for adults, children enter for free.

Rode Hall & Gardens, Cheshire ST7 3QP;

10 February


Nation Garden Scheme Snowdrop Festival 

Yet another event celebrating the budding of the snowdrops, the annual snowdrop festival at Sandhill Farm House promises a range of rare and interesting varieties both on display and available to purchase. Several early flowering spring bulbs will also be on sale, and tea, coffee and hot chocolate will be provided.

Tickets are available on the day, costing £5 for adults. Children enter for free. 

Sanhill Farm House, Nyewood Road, Rogate, Petersfield, Sussex GU31 5HU

17 February


Great Comp Garden Snowdrop Sensation

Back for its fifth year following the success of previous events, Great Comp Garden will be opening its doors early to welcome its snowdrop sensation day, and as such is a must for both experienced and budding galanthophiles. There will be an early morning sale of rare and unusual snowdrop bulbs, but the highlight of the day will undoubtedly be an insightful talk by horticulturalist and keen galanthophile Val Bourne.

Having harboured a love for the winter flowers for over three decades, Val has dedicated much of her time to tracking down the latest variety of snowdrop, admitting that the dip in her bank balance around February can be put down solely to her pursuits. Val will be talking about the famous galanthophiles she has met in her time, and the snowdrops associated with them. 

Visitors will be able to spend the rest of the day enjoying the grounds of the Garden, which will remain open for the rest of the day. Teas and lunch will also be served in the Old Dairy Tearoom. Normal admissions apply, but Val's talk must be booked in advance here for £8. 

10:00am-12:00pm, with Val's talk taking place at 11:30am. The gardens will be open from 10:00am-4:00pm. Great Comp Garden, Comp Lane, Platt, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 8QS (