Planters Seminar 2017

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This year's theme celebrates a wealth of plants and gardening. Talks include: The Collections of Frank Kingdon-Ward, Gardening in the Balearic Islands and The most exciting and inspirational gardens of the world. Speakers at the seminar are Matthew Biggs, Stephen Lacey and Mary Keen.

Saturday 23

11am             Garden tour of the Pleasure Garden

12pm             Garden tour of the Formal Garden

          Gather - Refreshments, Tea & Coffee

2:30pm          Introduction & Welcome - Lady Rose Lauritzen & Neil Porteous

3:00pm          Stephen Lacey : New Plants, New Ideas and New Inspiration–featuring some of the best gardens I have seen on my travels across Europe and America.

4:15pm          Comfort break

4:30pm          Matthew Biggs: ‘The Lobb Brothers – Plant Hunters Extraordinaire’ telling the stories of William and Thomas and my own experiences with them and their plants

5:30pm          Questions both speakers

6:00pm          Depart

Sunday 24

10am            Gather - Refreshments, Tea & Coffee

10:30am       Mary Keen: Grand designs -Designing for the high and mighty

11:30am       Comfort break

11:45am       Stephen Lacey-Scent in Your Garden – an exploration of how to inject scent into planting and a calendar of the best scented plants season by season.

12:45pm       Questions both speakers

1pm               Buffett Lunch

3pm               Mary Keen: Special collections for ordinary gardeners

4pm               Comfort break

4:15pm          Matthew Biggs: ‘Frank Kingdon Ward – the Last of the Great Plant Explorers’.

5:15pm          Sum up and close

5:30               Group photograph

6:00pm         Depart

Upcoming events

Monthly Birdwatching

Wed 07 Feb 2018
10:30-12:00
Mount Stewart and surrounds is an ornithologist's delight with a wide range of feathered friends calling it home throughout the year.

World Book Weekend

Sat 03 Mar 2018
11:00-17:00
We would love to hear all about your favourite stories and characters at our World Book Day Weekend. Come dressed up and join some of our storytelling sessions.

Free Open Day

Sat 10 Mar 2018
10:00-15:00
Enjoy free admission at a number of National Trust places today. Come and meet our staff and volunteers, and learn more about the amazing places we look after.

Mums at Mount Stewart

Sun 11 Mar 2018
12:00-13:30
Treat your Mum to a fabulous afternoon tea at Mount Stewart. Sit back with a glass of Prosecco and enjoy some live music while celebrating your marvellous Mum.

Rhododendron Ramble and Roast

Sun 18 Mar 2018
11:30-14:30
Tour the rhododendrons at Mount Stewart with Head of Gardens, Neil Porteous, followed by a rustic meal in the Mount Stewart Tea-Rooms.

Discover Spring on the Demesne

Sat 24 Mar 2018
10:00-13:00
Join the Area Rangers on a behind the scenes three mile walk/talk through the rolling countryside of the Demesne