Lecture Series 2011

Please note that our evening starts at 7pm with a glass of wine and the lecture starts promptly at 7.30pm.



Monday 10th October 2011 - Evening Lecture

Todd Longstaffe-Gowan

Recent work and future plans for the Gardens at
Hampton Court and Kensington Palace

Todd Longstaffe-Gowan is a gardener, historian, and Gardens Advisor to The Historic Royal Palaces. He is presently re-presenting the gardens at Kensington Palace to mark the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen (2012). He is the author The London Town Garden, 1700-1840 (2001) and The Gardens and Parks at Hampton Court Palace (2005). He is presently researching the history of the London Square (c.1600 to the present), which will be published by Yale University Press in 2012.




Tuesday 11th October 2011 - Workshop

Shipston-on-Stour Beekeeping Association

An Introduction to Beekeeping Workshop

Our 'An introduction to Beekeeping'  Workshop  will be run by the following members of the Shipston-on-Stour Beekeeping Association: 

Chris Boylan, Secretary, Shipston Beekeepers
Peter Hepworth, Chairman, Shipston Beekeepers
Douglas Nethercleft, Treasurer, Shipston Beekeepers
Irene Beever, Webmaster, Shipston Beekeepers


The event will include:    
The importance of beekeeping/cost of setting up
The honey bee - queen, dron, worker
Individual life cycles
Division of labour within the hive

The hive and equipment
National, WBC, Skeps
Hive components
Supers and frames
equipment and clothing

Siting your apiary
Plants and forage
Pollination, nectar, honey
Local forage crops
Wax, propolis and pollen
The beekeeping year
Spring management
Summer build up
Swarms - the reason for swarms - control and collection
Preparation for winter
Harvesting and selling honey

Pests and diseases
Mice and woodpeckers
Statutory requirements
We will include a short film and a visit to the Armscote apiary.

Questions can be taken at each session.

The cost will be 45 for the day to include coffee on arrival at 10am and lunch. The event will end at 4pm.



Tuesday 11th October 2011 - Evening Lecture

Paul Williams - Digging Deeper

A lively and entertaining mix of practical demonstration, images and talk all about how things work in the garden

Paul's lecture will be a lively and  entertaining mix of  practical demonstration,  images and talk all  about how things work in the garden;  getting close up to plants  so that we can  marvel  in awe at  how they work;  how  different soils behave  and  how you can improve them,  plus a whole lot  of other interesting facts  about plants and their ways. It is soft science aimed at  giving  gardeners a better understanding of their garden  and  renewed respect for the plant world. 

Paul has spent a lifetime in horticulture, starting his studies at Pershore College, Worcestershire. He then spent 18 years as head gardener, developing and running a successful and respected Cotswold garden.

Today he runs an active design and horticultural consultancy business in south Warwickshire and he occasionally writes in the gardening sections of the Telegraph and the Guardian and also for the quarterly publication Hortus.

Paul has published  six books  on container gardening, climbing plants , garden science,  colour and house plants for Dorling Kindersley and Octopus and most recently  was a  major contributor to the RHS /DK  Encyclopaedia  of Garden  Design. He also lectures on a range of garden topics and appears regularly on BBC Radio Oxford taking listeners’ questions live on air.

Particular passions - plants and understanding how they work, herbaceous perennials and all the wildlife associated with  a garden!



Wednesday 12th October 2011 - Workshop

James Kerr

A Garden Photography Workshop at Armscote Manor

Beginner or a seasoned expert - Come and learn the secrets of good garden photography with James Kerr, bring your camera and be inspired with this wonderful opportunity to photograph the stunning garden at Armscote Manor.

This all day course begins with some basic instruction before getting out photographing in the garden yourself, and ends with a slide show and helpful critique of the days work.

James Kerr has been a commercial photographer specialising in country house photography for nearly twenty years. During that time he has photographed hundreds of gardens, his work has been published in several magazines and publications including the ‘English Garden Magazine’.

He is also photographer of ‘Shakespeare’s Scenery’ with a foreword by Dame Judi Dench , a coffee table book on the county. For last eighteen months he has been photographing the garden at Armscote through the seasons with spectacular results.

The cost will be 45 for the day to include coffee on arrival at 10am and a light lunch with a glass of wine. The event will end at 4pm.





Wednesday 12th October 2011 - Evening Lecture  LECTURE CANCELLED


Chris Brown

Quirky And The Unusual

22 September 2011: It is with much regret that we have to announce that Chris' lecture has been cancelled.

E A Bowles used to have a collection of plants  at Myddelton House which he put in what he called his Lunatic Asylum. It is about fascinating plants that are different from their original form, where flowers, stems, bark and leaves take on unusual characteristics or simply they are uncommon garden worthy plants that you don’t see about very often, worth a place in any keen gardeners collection of plants.

Chris Brown’s passion for plants developed when he was a boy. He trained at the RHS Gardens Wisley, Askham Bryan college-York and Cambridge University Botanic Garden. On completing his training he worked briefly in commercial landscaping before returning to the private sector, firstly for Lord Heseltine and afterwards for Dame Felicity Peake. In the late 80’s he set up his own design / landscape business before developing a specialist nursery which has been featured on BBC Gardeners World. He has been influenced by many well known plants people over the years and along with their knowledge came the fascinating stories, about the plants.




Thursday 13th October 2011 - Workshop SOLD OUT

Gwyn Perry - Head Gardener at Armscote Manor

The Principles of Pruning and Training

A day of discussion and demonstration set in the gardens of Armscote Manor. It will cover topics such as tools, tying materials and techniques as well as some tips gained during a long career in gardening. Those attending will be able to submit a question in writing beforehand which we will endeavour to cover during the day. Please bring your secateurs.

The day will run from 10am to 4pm with refreshments on arrival and a light lunch will be provided. Places are strictly limited and carry a cost of 45.00.




Thursday 13th October 2011 - Evening Lecture

Dan Pearson

Home Ground: Sanctuary in The City

We would like to extend our best wishes to Dan Pearson for a speedy
recovery and out thanks to his studio for arranging for James Alexander Sinclair to step in at the last minute and to give us a lively and entertaining evening of contemporary gardens.


Dan Pearson is an influential landscape and garden designer with an international reputation for design and planting excellence. Dan trained at the RHS Gardens’ Wisley and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, before starting his professional career as a designer in 1987. 

Dan Pearson Studio, his London based practice, handles a wide range of projects internationally for private and public clients comprising private gardens, public spaces, architectural landscaping, public parks and civic plantings.  Design projects include Althorp House, the Millennium Dome, the London Maggie’s Centre, Evelina Children’s Hospital, the RIBA, Broughton Hall, Roppongi Hills and Tokachi Millennium Forest, as well as a variety of gardens and landscapes designed for private clients.

Dan Pearson is a weekly gardening columnist for The Observer Magazine, joint author with Sir Terence Conran of The Essential Garden Book (Conran Octopus), author of Spirit: Garden Inspiration (FUEL) and of The Garden: A Year At Home Farm (Ebury Press), which was also a 6 part BBC TV series. He has presented and appeared in TV series on BBC2, Channel 4 and Channel 5 and has designed five award-winning Chelsea Flower Show gardens. Dan is also a Tree Ambassador for the British Tree Council.



All monies raised are donated to Shipston Home Nursing and all our speakers are kind enough to donate their time to support the charity.

For tickets please contact:

Deborah Williams
or Madeleine James

Armscote Manor
Warwickshire CV37 8DA

Please make cheques payable to Shipston Home Nursing and send applications for tickets with a self addressed stamped envelope.

Telephone: 01608 682 375

Ticket prices:

1 lecture 14.00
2 lectures 26.00
3 lectures 33.00
4 lectures 44.00
Workshops 45.00

Please note that tickets are not available on the door