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09Aug 2017

Fern Day: Lectures and Garden Tour

SORRY, SOLD OUT! Fern Day is a celebration of ferns in the garden and is a unique opportunity to learn more about these beguiling plants from two leading experts Martin Rickard and Angela Tandy. An escorted tour of John’s Garden at Ashwood Nurseries is also included.

The beauty of a fern unfurling in the woodland dell in John’s Garden ©Jonathan Buckley

Morning Lecture: ‘Ferns in the Garden’

Martin Rickard (‘Mr. Fern’) will take an entertaining look at the stories and history of some of his favourite garden ferns with plenty of information about their special requirements.

Martin is unquestionably Britain’s leading authority on ferns: he is a past president of the British Pteridological Society and was awarded the Society’s Stansfield Medal in 2004.

He founded Rickards Hardy Ferns in 1989 and by 2002 had achieved over 30 RHS Gold Medals (including 10 consecutive Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medals). The RHS also honoured Martin with the Veitch Memorial Medal, in recognition of his advancement of science and the practice of horticulture. He has written or co-authored five books on ferns including the RHS Wisley handbook.

The splendour of the fern stumpery in summer

Morning Garden Tour:

After the lecture, there will be tour of John’s Garden, the beautiful private garden of nursery owner John Massey VMH, paying special attention to the extensive collection of ferns in the garden.

The tour will be led by Martin Rickard and Angela Tandy, accompanied by John, together with Jonathan Williams (Ashwood’s fern specialist) and Adam Greathead (Head Gardener)

 Afternoon Lecture: ‘The Propagation of Ferns’

Angela Tandy of Fibrex Nursery will give a fascinating overview  of fern propagation from spores and division.

Fibrex Nursery’s legendary collection of hardy ferns is one of the the largest and most extensive commercial collection of hardy ferns in the UK.  It’s a family business in Pebworth, Warwickshire, established by Hazel & Dick Key over 57 years ago, and now in the capable hands of their daughters Angela, Ursula, son Richard & his wife Heather.

Angela has vast experience of  both growing and propagating ferns and over the years has advised John on the suitability of ferns for different situations in his garden, encouraging and enthusing him with her passion for ferns.

Essential Information
  • Wednesday August 9th
  • 10.30am-11.45am: Lecture ‘Ferns in the Garden’ by Martin Rickard
  • 11.45am-1.00pm: Escorted tour of John’s Garden
  • 1.00pm-2.15pm:  Lunch Break
  • 2.15pm-3.30pm:  Lecture ‘The Propagation of Ferns’ by Angela Tandy
  • Essential to book in advance – (Seating is strictly limited) SORRY, SOLD OUT!
  • Reserve your tickets by telephone (01384 401996) or in person at the nursery.
  • This is an RHS ‘Recommended Event’
  • Ticket cost: RHS Members £20 / Non RHS Members £25  (Please quote your RHS number) SORRY, SOLD OUT!
  • RHS Members: Please quote your RHS number. Individual RHS Membership entitles you to one discounted ticket only
  • Refreshments may be purchased in The Tea Room
  • Lecture Ticket Holders should meet in The Garden Shop at 10.20am
  • Garden Tour time and afternoon session time may vary slightly, to be advised by John at the end of the morning lecture
  • A chance to purchase ferns from Ashwood’s extensive selection, many varieties rarely offered elsewhere
  • A small range of fern collections are available on our online shop