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Past Events

Wed 1st February 2012


No Dig Gardening

Wed 6th February 2013Andrew Halstead

Pesticides - Are They Safe?
Wed 6th March 2013Russell Bowes

The Devil’s Garden
Wed 3rd  April
Michael Lynn

The History of Bee Keeping

Michael has been a professional environmentalist and bee keeper for sixteen years. He is chairman of a garden association and his advice on these matters is sought regularly
Wed May 1st
Claire Brown

Herb Growing to Keep Your Garden Stocked 12 Months a Year

If you want to grow herbs for 12 months of the year this talk could be for you.
Claire is an interactive speaker who works as professional expert for garden  and border design. She has previously been a garden centre manager including the RHS Wisley Plant Centre.
Wed June 5th 2013Dr Mick Lynn

Gardening for Wildlife

Professional environmentalist, beekeeper, and
chairman of a gardening association, whose advice
on these matters is regularly sought
Wed 7th August 2013Richard Cripps

Pruning Trees and Shrubs

Richard Cripps is the Parks officer of West Wiltshire. Senior Lecturer (estates & countryside) Lackham College. Associate lecturer Bath University.Garden consultancy.
Wed 4th September 2013Dan Carpenter – Bracknell’s Biodiversity officer

Daniels talk will be quite wide ranging, covering the following
What is biodiversity? How do we measure biodiversity? How can gardeners help preserve and enhance biodiversity? How can gardeners help monitor biodiversity? 
He will also explain a little bit about himself and his background and what his role at Bracknell Forest Council entails.

Dr Dan Carpenter is an early career researcher with an interest in earthworm ecology and ecosystem function. His early training was in Wildlife Conservation where he developed an interest in soil invertebrate ecology.

Wed 2nd October 2013Graham Talbot

Vegetable Growing My Way / Vegetables for a Small Garden

Graham teaches horticulture at Berkshire College of Agriculture and gave an excellent talk on getting the best from your soil a couple of years ago
Sat October 26th 2013Marrowthon 2013

Held in Charles Square, Bracknell Town Centre

Wed 8th January 2014Gill Cheetham

The World of Yellowstone Park
Wed 5th February 2014Richard Fishbourne

Composting With Worms

Wed 5th March 2014Barry Newman-A Year on the Allotment

Barry is Chairman of the National Vegetable Society. Senior NVS judge and Lecturer, Britain in Bloom Judge. He has Formal horticultural training, with over 30 years experience growing and showing.
Weds 2nd April 2014Linda Smith-The Pond Owner's Calendar

Linda has 15 years experience as an aquatic nursery owner propagating and retailing pond and bog plants. She was a Chelsea Gold medal winner in 2011 for Aquatic Plants and also teaches aquatics to colleges.
Wed 7th May 2014Linsey Evans-Designing with Plants

Linsey designs gardens throughout Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Surrey, London and Hampshire. She truly believes that landscape design should produce gardens that are both functional and beautiful.
Wednesday 3rd September 2014AGM followed by: Linsey Evans – Plants for problem places

An interactive discussion evening with lots of examples of how to get over gardening in problem areas. Open evening no charge for Guests
Sunday 7th September 2014Members visit to Wisley – Last Day at the Flower Show.
 1st October 2014
Graham Talbot - The Herbaceous Border, care and splitting

Popular local speaker who is a Lecturer at Berkshire College of Agriculture will give a talk on The Herbaceous Border, Care and Splitting.
Saturday November 1st 2014
Annual Marrowthon in Bracknell Town Centre

Heaviest Pumpkin Competition

Also Most Unusual and Judges Choice.
Brooke House, 54 High Street
Bracknell, RG12 1LL

25th November 2014
John Negus – 12 Months of Colour

Flowers and foliage from January to December. We look at exciting combinations of plants which make beds, borders and sections of the Veg plot perennially appealing. John would like people to bring along flowers for identification and any examples of pests and disease on plants.

7th January 2015
Dan Carpenter/Allan Moffat - Discover Bracknell

Dan Carpenter (Biodiversity Officer at Bracknell Forest Borough Council) and Allan Moffat (Chair of Bracknell in Bloom and Recreational Facilities Manager at Bracknell Town Council) will be talking about

The plant life, wildlife and biodiversity areas in the parks and countryside and town areas of Bracknell.

Download Bracknell Forest Biodiversity action plan PDF

4th February 2015
Talk From Colin Evans-Intensive Salad, Vegetable & Fruit Growing

If you enjoy listening to Colin Evans on Radio Berkshire's Sunday gardening program here is a chance to meet the man himself. Colin will be talking about Intensive Salad, Vegetable & Fruit Growing.

4th March 2015

Lakeside Gardens of northern Italy
Talk from Pamela Holt
1st April 2015
Talk from Paul Patton- Growing for the kitchen

  A talk on growing the many delicious & interesting fruit, vegetables, herbs & salad crops, with a few ideas on preserving and extending the use and production of crops over the whole year.

6th May 2015
Stefan White – The Vegetable that changed world history
The humble extraordinary Potato.

Wednesday 2nd September
AGM followed by: Angela O’Connell – The National Garden Scheme

The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) became a charity in 1927 but do you know how it came about? How did the link between garden visiting and nursing come about? Why is the ‘Yellow Book’ yellow? These and other questions will be answered at the talk so do come along with lots of questions.

Wednesday 7th October 2015
John Edwards: Wokingham Beekeepers Association - ‘Man’s smallest domestic animal”.

All about Bees!  Did you know there are 300 species of bee in the UK?
You will learn a bit about the history of beekeeping, how a hive operates, the importance of bees as pollinators. Bring your questions about bees and have them answered.
24th October
Marrowthon 2015
Saturday saw the annual staging and judging of Bracknell Horticultural Association’s (BHA) Marrowthon competition. Now in its fifth year, the event was held at Jock’s Lane Park for the first time, making transport of the giant vegetables much easier. The winning entry, a massive 275.4 pounds, was grown by Simon Ardron, beating the previous best of a mere 150 pounds. Simon also scooped the prize for the most unusual entry, with Trevor Oakley winning the award for the most colourful exhibit. Garden Centre vouchers were awarded to the winners by Bracknell Town Mayor Cllr Mark Phillips.

Wednesday 4th November 2015
 Ray Broughton – Pests and Diseases

Ladybirds, slugs caterpillers and more. Ray will open our eyes to the many new and established pests and diseases we face as gardeners.

Wednesday 6th January 2016 Dan Carpenter – The Wildlife in your garden, allotment and beyond.
Wednesday 3rd February 2016 Anthony Powell – The Scented Garden
Wednesday 2nd March 2016 Pruning- A General Guide

Mark Saunders is a professional gardener with over thirty years horticultural experience. He is Currently head gardener at Fittleworth House in West Sussex since 1997.
This lecture is both partly illustrated and partly practical and delves into the often mysterious and confusing world of pruning. Using a few important rules, correct and sharp tools and a basic knowledge of flowering times this talk aims to send people away with a more confident approach to pruning almost anything!

Wednesday 5th
Wildlife Gardening
Becca Flintham

Becca understands the way in which plants and animals work in harmony with each other, she will give some practical tips for encouraging beneficial wildlife into your garden.
Wednesday 3rd
May 2017
Herbs: Their History and Uses
Paul Templeton
Wednesday 4th October 2017
Barry Newman
Vegetable Growing Techniques and Advice
Wednesday 1st November 2017
Sharon-Lea Brooks
The Fifth Element
Wednesday 3rd January 2018
Andrew Radgick
Iran - Bulbs and Dionysia
Wednesday 7th February 2018
Rhododendrons - From the Himalayas to Chelsea
Talk by David Millais
Wednesday 4th April 2018
Mark Saunders
Vegetable Growing
Wednesday 2nd May 2018
Janette Merilion
Brightening up the Shade
Wed 5th May 2018
John Negus
Borders of Distinction

 Wednesday 7th
November 2018
Charles Dowding
No Dig Gardening

6th February 2019
All you every need to
know about composting

Guest Speaker :Andrew Babicz
6th March 2019
Jim Butress

Central Royal Parks- Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James Park,
Clarence House, Buckingham Palace
4th September
Chris Rhodes and his Bonsai Trees

For further information on how to get involved and become a member
email: membership.bha@gmail.com or phone: 07541 166 396