Going Potty About Gardening? Gardeners’ Question Time

Not sure what soil is best for a plant? How and when do you prune a tree?  Find out the answers to these and lots of others at Henley own’s Gardeners’ Question Time which Henley in Bloom in partnership with the Henley Allotments Association are hosting on Wednesday 15 March at Henley Town Hall from 7.30pm with an all star panel including Colin Evans, Gardening Guru of BBC Radio Berkshire, Clare Foster, Garden Editor at House and Garden Magazine, local market gardener, Tamsin Borlase from Bosley Patch, Andrew Hawksin an allotment gardener and Martyn Sheldrake, General Manager at Toad Hall.

Colin Evans has been a research Botanist for 6 years.  He’s a Lecturer at colleges of Further Education and Agricultural Colleges and freelancer in Horticultural Consultancy, Garden Design, Writing for Magazines, Newspapers & Trade Journals.  Both advised and fronted TV & Radio Gardening Shows and is a regular panelist on many Gardening Road shows. Also Enrichment Speaker on Cruise Liners.

Clare Foster has been Garden Editor at House & Garden since 2005 and was at Gardens Illustrated magazine from 1997-2005, latterly as editor. She lives in Cholsey with her husband, two children and two dogs, and spends most of her spare time in the garden growing vegetables and cut flowers. She is currently writing a book called The Instant Flower Garden which is about growing flowers from seed.

Local market gardener, Tamsin Borlase runs Bosley Patch at Swiss Farm. Grower of fine vegetables, fruit and cut flowers for wholesale and retail. Local veggie box scheme in the Summer. Also runs a kitchen microbakery in her spare time! Tamsin won an award for Environmental Initiative at this year’s UK Growers Awards.

Andrew Hawkins has been an allotment gardener of 40 years standing. He’s a Conservationist and local tree expert and has organised lots of local tree planting events including the 2000 trees on Gillott’s Corner Field to mark the Millenium.

General Manager at Toad Hall for 30 years, Martyn Sheldrake studied at Hadlow College of Agriculture and Horticulture for 3 years and gained a National Diploma in Commercial Horticulture, specialising in hardy nursery stock (trees and shrubs etc). Also management course at Reading University. He’s also worked at several other nurseries and garden centres including 180 acre fruit farm in Gloucestershire.

Doors open at 7pm.  Tickets priced at £2 on the door and refreshments will be available.