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Bedding: Past, Present & Future, with RHS Experts

Fri 8 Sept 2017


Adult £25 National Trust/Art Fund Member Adult £15 RHS members £15
Grounds admission included
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Against the background of Waddesdon Manor’s eye-catching carpet bedding RHS experts Jim Buttress, Mark Wasilewski, and Stuart Lowen will join forces to discuss the history of bedding schemes and how it is used nowadays to brighten our parks and other public places.

Both Jim and Mark have excellent credentials for this, having both spent a large part of their careers with the Royal Parks department. Mark is currently Park Manager of St James’ Park and The Green Park, a role that includes planning and managing for major public events such as the London Marathon and the Queen’s Birthday Parade. Jim has won eight gold medals at Chelsea Flower Show and has been awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour, the highest possible accolade in the gardening world. He is a familiar figure in his bowler hat, appearing on TV as a judge on The Big Allotment Challenge and lending his support to schools and local gardening projects. He also appears on BBC Radio Sussex/Surrey Dig It

and his book; ‘The People’s Gardener’ was published in 2016.

Another member of the RHS Tender Plant Committee, Stuart Lowen of plant breeder Ball Colegrave will then bring us right up to date, and into the future, with an insider’s look at the latest in bedding plants and how they can be used to create contemporary or traditional schemes. Stuart’s career has ranged from commercial tomato production to glasshouse trials of ornamental plants and he is now a senior manager at Ball Colegrave, speaking at industry events as well as introducing thousands of children to gardening through events such as national schools gardening competitions.


10.15am – Coffee on arrival in Manor Restaurant
10.50am – First talk with Jim Buttress and Mark Wasilewski in the Power House
11.20am – Second talk with Stuart Lowen
11.50am  – Q&A
12.20pm – Lunch in the Manor Restaurant (2 courses with a glass of wine)
1.15pm   – Garden tour