Skip to main content

Events


I am regularly asked to give lectures or do book signings around the UK, information on forthcoming events and appearances below. Please contact the venue for tickets where necessary, directions or further details.

2018

3rd and 4th February 2018

Snowdrop talk and tour. National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire; www.gardenofwales.org.uk.
Illustrated lecture: 'Designing with snowdrops' and book signing
Tour: Looking at the displays and combinations the garden offers.
Further details tbc


13th and 14 February 2018

Royal Horticultural Society Early Spring Show, www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-london-shows/rhs-early-spring-plant-fair 
I will be creating an exciting installation based on the winter walk at the RHS Garden at Wisley. 
I will also be giving illustrated lectures on Snowdrops and the Winter Garden, on both days. Times tbc


18th February 2018

Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival
www.sheptonsnowdropfestival.org.uk

Talk: 'Designing with snowdrops', plus book signing.













5th July 2018

'Inspiring Orchards' Binfield Gardening Club. Details TBC








Demonstrating snowdrops in the garden
(c) Michelle Chapman

2019

Bookings pending


Past events

13st May 2017

'Inspiring Orchards', with book signing, Cookham Garden Club, Cookham Dean Village Hall, 7.30pm. Guests £5. Contact kmdownes@btinternet.com for details

10th January 2017

'Designing with snowdrops', with book signing, Cornwall Garden Society, 7.30pm . Members free, non-members welcome with a donation. www.cornwallgardensociety.org.uk/events




11th January 2017


'Inspiring Orchards', with book signing, Cornwall Garden Club, 2.30pm location TBC. Members free, non-members welcome with a donation. www.cornwallgardensociety.org.uk/events




4th and 5th February 2017

Snowdrop talk and tour. National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire; www.gardenofwales.org.uk.
Illustrated lecture: 'Designing with snowdrops' and book signing
Tour: Looking at the displays and combinations the garden offers.


2016

22nd September 2016
Book Launch: An Orchard Odyssey 




27th September 2016
Talk: 'Designing with snowdrops', plus book signing.
Longparish gardening club, 

4th February 2016


NSPCC Charity lunch and snowdrop lecture: 'Designing with snowdrops', with book signing, Goring and Streatley Golf Club. Tickets and info: 01491 872296

30th and 31st January

Snowdrop talk and tour. National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire; www.gardenofwales.org.uk.
Illustrated lecture: 'Designing with snowdrops' and book signing
Tour: Looking at the displays and combinations the garden offers.
Free entry.

2015

21st February
Time tbc
Cottage Garden Society Snowdrop Day, Hadlow College, Kent
Illustrated lecture: 'Designing with snowdrops' and book signing
Contact Pamela Lucas at the Cottage Garden Society for more details


14th February
Illustrated lecture: 'Designing with snowdrops' and book signing
Time 11.30am
Bellefield House and Gardens, Birr, Co Offaly, Ireland.
Contact Angela Jupe for further details



7th February
Illustrated lecture: 'Designing with snowdrops'
Time 2pm
Welford Church, Welford Park Welford, Berkshire
Lecture in aid of Welford Church

Tickets are £10 and include entry to the legendary Welford Park snowdrops. Available here and on the door. I will also be signing my book and donating 10% of proceeds to the church.

For more information see www.welfordpark.co.uk 


3rd February
Time 2-3pm
Chelsea Physic Garden, London
Snowdrop week lecture and book signing


31st January
Time tbc
National Botanic Garden of Wales snowdrop event
Lecture followed by book signing and snowdrop walk

Starts at 12 noon
Free Entry

2014

20th October
London
Talk to private gardening club

18th October 
10 am -12 noon
Waterstones, Newbury
Signing copies of The Plant Lover's Guide to Snowdrops


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

A Different View

I woke up this morning convinced that it was late. The light was grey behind the curtains and the room was silent. Reluctantly, I looked at my phone and discovered that it was in fact early.

It has been a busy few weeks, but walking up the road, the magnolia buds are suddenly swelling in furry promise, and lilacs pertly tipped with green; Crocus tommasinianus have appeared where there were none. Acer griseum and white-barked birches stand bold, in full knowledge that their spare charms will soon be overwhelmed with spring. Time has passed while I was not looking.

So as the season creeps forward - and faster it does, when ignored - I am looking back, with a kind of regret. The thing is, that although gardens are considered 'off peak' in winter, there is often no better time to see them. This is the point where they show their true colours and strengths.

As a visitor, you can read their geometry and detail without interruption. Enjoyably crisp angles. Reflections in shape or in…

Sparkling Snowdrops, Batman!

I was talking to my botanical uncle about snowdrops the other day, in the context of bigging up our welsh garden. Turns out that my paternal grandmother put in all sorts of exciting things but he reckons that quite a lot have faded away – and anything that has any susceptibility to slugs just gets munched and won’t bulk up.

Anyway, we have a niceish spread of Galanthus nivalis ,and some others which I have been told are probably G. elwesii (they have bigger, greyer leaves, apparently) although my uncle suggested they could just be from a different population of G nivalis, snowdrops being a heterogeneous bunch. I will go and have a closer look in the spring, but the flowering times are certainly different. I would like to get some interesting ones, but at the same time it would be a bit daft to splash out on slug food. We shall see.

I had quite a party week last week, with the annual Garden Media Guild Awards in London. It has been blogged to death, so I will sum it up as glittering c…

Scissors Paper Stone

I have a bit of a bee in my bonnet about municipal planting and garden design in public spaces. It is an opportunity to bring style, excitement or just a bit of beauty to the masses; and one that is usually left to languish in unkempt evergreen scrub.
This is somewhere that a little planning and creativity could reap dividends, but the norm is either uninspired, high maintenance and wasteful, or both.
Just up the road from me is a long curved flowerbed in a small public garden adjacent to a roundabout. It used to be fun, it really did. When I first met it, someone had put in some thought and the late summer display looked so good in a soft morning mist that I went home and came back with a camera.
It wasn’t a challenging or intellectual display, the plants are all quite ordinary but it had a cheerful flair and pizzazz. And then they dug the whole lot up a fortnight later to put in spring bulbs.*
Since then I have observed that that an astonishing amount of money seems to be spent on …