Talks Programme 2022-2023

Talks take place in Tilehurst Village Hall. See details at the bottom of the page.

29th September 2022 7:45pm

Pot Plants by Ray Broughton

Ray trained at RHS Wisley and has been teaching a wide range of horticultural subjects for over two decades. He was awarded a Fellowship by the Chartered Institute of Horticulture for his service to horticulture. Ray was a senior lecturer at Sparsholt College.

27th October 2022 7:45pm

Organic Vegetable by Iain Tolhurst

Tolhurst Organic is one of the longest running organic vegetable farms in England, based in Whitchurch on Thames. He was the first to obtain the “Stockfree Organic” symbol in 2004. He supplies in season organic fruit and vegetables, delivered locally from is 17 acre farm.

24th November 2022 7:45pm

Brussels Sprouts to Tangerines by Jacqueline Aviolet

Jacqueline who is the proprietor of Rosie’s Garden Plants in Kent where she raises all of her stock in the open to ensure their growth at a normal rate. She will share with us her love of gardening in an amusing seasonal tale of Brussels Sprouts to Tangerines. There will be plants available to buy at the meeting.

26th January 2023 7:45pm

My Greenhouse Year by  Gillian Taylor

Gillian is an experienced plantswoman and gardener having recently left full-time veterinary work to devote more time to horticulture. Her wooded garden in Hampshire is managed sympathetically for wildlife. She has set up a freelance business to offer advice on plant care and selection. She is a member of the Hampshire Gardens Trust and Plant Heritage.

23rd February 2023 7:30pm


30th March 2023 7:45pm

Chelsea Secrets by Pip Bensley

Pip has a wealth of experience in the floral and horticultural world. In “Chelsea Secrets” she will give us a sneak look at what goes on behind the scenes at the Chelsea Flower Show. She is a Gold Medal winner and is now a senior RHS judge, chairing a judging panel at Chelsea. Her talk will be accompanied by beautiful images.

27th April 2023 7:45pm

The National Fruit Collection by Dr. Matt Ordidge

Our very own Dr. Matt Ordidge is the Scientific Curator of the U.K’s National Fruit Collection (containing apples, pears, plums, cherries). He will talk about the origins of the collection and the work that the University of Reading does to protect a diverse range of fruit varieties for future generations.

25th May 2023 7:30pm

Plant Swap

Please bring along at least one potted plant , vegetable seedlings or bedding plants to swap for a new plant(s). Entrance will be £1 which will cover refreshments. Please only bring good quality plants that you would like to receive yourself, either in a pot or if seedings or small plants in a small tray.

Talks Programme 2021-2022

Although person to person talks resumed in the autumn of 2021 it has been agreed by your committee that the January 2022 talk takes place on zoom. Please contact the secretary at for details.

The person to person talks take place in Tilehurst Village Hall. See details at the bottom of the page.

28th October 2021 7:45pm

Nature’s Poisoners by Lynda Warren

Lynda is a writer and researcher. Lynda writes and produces educational events
which have taken her to Paris, Barcelona, Florida, New York, London and
Skegness! Her talk will highlight the dangers lurking in our gardens, with
historical and literary links.


25th November 2021 7:45pm

Extreme Allotmenteering by Alan Clark

Alan has been a gardener for more than 50 years, both as an amateur and as a
professional. As a professional Alan created and maintained large gardens,
making major transformations with the use of a very large digger. He has 9
allotments and 2 fair sized gardens to look after in his retirement.

27th January 2022 7:30pm (This will be a zoom meeting)

Rose Growing Made Easy by Simon White

Simon is the Garden Centre Manager for Peter Beales Roses with over 39 years’
experience in growing the Nation’s favourite flower – The Rose.
His talk will cover all aspects of growing roses to get the best out of them when
grown in different situations.

31st March 2022 7:45pm

The Royal Parks by Jim Buttress

Jim is a renowned horticulturalist. He presents radio programmes, judges for
the RHS and speaks at a variety of public and corporate events. Jim trained at
Wisley and worked with the Royal Parks in London, where he managed Hyde
Park, St. James Park, Clarence House and Buckingham Palace.

28th April 2022 7:45pm

Talk by the Woodland Trust by Richard Tennant-Eyles

Richard is a volunteer for the Woodland Trust and his talk will cover the state of woodlands in  the UK today, as well as talking about the various threats and diseases facing trees.  He will cover recent case studies and success stories together with the importance of ancient woodlands and what is being done to save it.  He will also talk about local projects and Woodland’s Trust involvement in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

All person to person talks will take place at the 

Village Hall, 17 Victoria Road, Tilehurst, READING, Berkshire RG31 5AB