2nd & 3rd August 2019
Vivary Park

Seeds of Knowledge Marquee

Garden Question Time shot of panel and audience

Our popular Seeds of Knowledge Marquee will be the venue for Ask the Gardeners and various talks by experts to help answer your horticultural questions.

No need to book, arrive early for your seat.


Friday 3rd August

11:30 – 12:00 Sue Welch: Weather, Micro-Climate & The Garden

The Garden Microclimate – a consideration of how to plan your garden in relation to its climate


12:15 – 12:45 TV & Radio Broadcaster Anne Swithinbank: Planning An Exotic Border.
How to use mainly hardy plants to create an illusion of a more tropical garden. This style is fun, stretches the imagination and will encourage a broader range of plants to your plot.


13:00 – 13:45 Chris Smith of Pennard Plants: Unusual Edible Plants


14:00 – 15:00 Ask The Gardeners. Direct your queries at today's experts: Horticulturalist, broadcaster, author and Grow Your Own magazine columnist Anne Swithinbank; Vic Verrier MBE; Monkton Elm Manager Andrew Pitman. Chaired by Pauline Homeshaw MBE


15:15 – 16:00 Dr Anne Halpin: Pollinators In Your Garden
How bees and other pollinators can improve your flowers and fruit crop. Pollinators are a vital part of the garden ecosystem and, in my talk, I will highlight the plight of garden pollinators and give simple tips on how we can encourage them back into our gardens.


Saturday 4th August


12:00 – 12:45 Paul Rendell: Warhorse, The Making of the Movie.
Paul was actively involved in this fantastic film. Recommending locations and supervising on site, come and see some fantastic imagery from the shoot and listen to Paul's tales of filming.


13:00 – 13:45 Katie Venner: Fermented Vegetables – From Cabbage to Sauerkraut.
In this talk and demonstration Katie will show how to make sauerkraut and explain why fermented vegetables are important for people wanting to improve their health and well-being.


14:00 – 15:00 Ask The Gardeners. Direct your queries at today's experts: Vic Verrier MBE; Monkton Elm Manager Andrew Pitman; Adrian Somerfield. Chaired by Pauline Homeshaw MBE


15:15 – 16:00 Gavin Haig, FRCS: The Healing Garden
An illustrated talk underlining the value of wildflowers, herbs and wildlife in your garden to boost the spirit and restore the feel good factor.