Lecture Series 2012

This years Lecture Series raised 6,125 for Shipston Home Nursing

I would like to offer my sincere thanks to everyone who attended the lectures and workshops and to our wonderful lecturers and our team of volunteers and the companies and individuals who so kindly donated prizes for the raffle.

Best wishes, Deborah

Raffle Prize Winners 

Mrs Paul Howard won the large Armscote Bee Pot in the Whichford Pottery Draw

Arbutus donated by John Wyatt of Wyatts Garden Centre was won by Mr & Mrs Mckechnie

Standard Rose donated by John Wyatt of Wyatts Garden Centre was won by Miranda Forester

Pittosporum donated by Deborah Williams was won by Mrs Crocket

50 Whichford Pottery Voucher was won by Ruth Jeacock

Original Watercolour by M Swakefield was won by Paul Bailey

Floral Arrangement by Amanda Luther flowers was won by Christine Locke

Bottle of Champagne donated by Bablake wines was won by a lady in the Friday audience

Shakespeare's Scenery by James Kerr donated by Deborah Williams was won by someone in the Friday audience

Set of three books written by Val Bourne donated by Val Bourne were won by Win Botterill

Back and neck Massage at The Elysium Room kindly donated by Carmella Rosbottom was won by Mrs Lewis

A jar of Armscote Honey was won by Elizabeth Gilkes from Whichford Pottery

Wednesday 21st March 2012, 10.00am - 4.00pm

Gwyn Perry, Head Gardner, Armscote Manor

Training and Pruning Day


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.



Wednesday 21st March 2012, 7.30pm

Chris Brown

Quirky And The Unusual


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.




Monday 8th October 2012 - Evening Lecture

Val Bourne

Colour in The Garden


A multi-coloured jungle is an assault on the eye and the emotions, but combining colour is trickier than it looks. For one thing plants have to coincide with each other and they have to be placed well - not dotted about. Every season has its own individual colour palette too and it’s vital to exploit it to full effect. Val Bourne is an award winning garden writer and her lecture will be based on her new book Colour in the Garden.




Tuesday 9th October 2012 - 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. This all day course begins with some basic instruction and slide show before getting out photographing in the garden yourself. James will then be on hand to give individuals practical assistance and helpful critiques of your work.




Wednesday 10th October 2012 - Workshop

Gywn Perry - Head Gardner at Armscote Manor

The Principles of Pruning and Training


Bring your secateurs for a day of discussion and demonstration set in the gardens of Armscote Manor covering topics such as tools, tying materials and techniques, plus tips gained during a long career in gardening. Attendees may submit a question in writing beforehand which we will endeavour to cover during the day.




Wednesday 10th October 2012 - Evening Lecture

Christine Marchant

Will There Be Snow At Easter?


Christine Marchant, Partner in Orchard Dene Nurseries, talks about The Trials, Triumphs and Totally Unexpected Events involved in Running an Herbaceous Nursery – the diversity of daily challenge: growing and installing plants to precise requirements for the Chelsea Flower Show and co-operating with the great and the good to create beautiful landscapes.




Thursday 11th October 2012 - Workshop

Richard Broad, RBST Field Officer

Sheep and Poultry Husbandry

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust was established in 1973 and is the leading Charity for the conservation of Farm Animals in the country.

RBST Field Officer (South) Richard Broad will present a practical workshop on Sheep and Poultry husbandry, involving rare breeds and their many uses within modern Smallholdings.

Topics to include Health, Nutrition, breeding and rearing youngstock, rules and regulations, together with plenty of time for Q and A.




Thursday 11th October 2012 - Evening Lecture

Dan Pearson

Home Ground: Sanctuary in The City

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.




Friday 12th October 2012 - Evening Lecture

Jessica Douglas Home

A Glimpse of Empire

This is the story of Lilah Wingfield’s escape from the confines of Edwardian society by travelling to Delhi for the 1911 Royal Durbar, where a new King, George V, is to be proclaimed Emperor. From the Khyber Pass on the Afghan border, to Rajastan, to the gory sites of the Mutiny; her diary and photographs show her deepening awareness of the ambivalence of certain maharajas towards British Rule even while she is being entertained royally in their lakeside palaces.




The evening lectures start at 7pm with a glass of wine sponsored by Bablake Wines Limited and the lecture begins at 7.30pm.

The workshops start at 10am with coffee, and include a light lunch and a glass of wine.
The day ends at 4pm

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 15.00
2 lectures 28.00
3 lectures 41.00
4 lectures 54.00
Workshops 45.00

Please note that tickets are not available on the door.



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