Peter Foley is an accomplished speaker, nurseryman and broadcaster with BBC Radio Lancashire and is available to present illustrated talks on various aspects to clubs and societies throughout Northern England, the North Midlands, North Wales and Southern Scotland during the months of October to April plus other times by arrangement. At certain times of year he is also able to travel further afield and can undertake lectures to specialist groups such as AGS, SRGC, HPS, NCCPG, NVS, BFS and Cottage Garden Society area groups.
The most popular titles are listed below, but other titles are available upon request for specialist groups.
‘ALPINES AND ROCK GARDEN PLANTS’
This covers all aspects of growing these fascinating mountain plants from preparation of site or container, choice of plants and ongoing cultivation. You do not need a rock garden to grow them and many containers make suitable alternatives. Illustrated by Plants & Slides.
‘CROCOSMIAS THROUGH THE AGES’
Presented by my son John who has developed an impressive collection of these fine plants and has recently been featured in RHS ‘The Garden’ and BBC Gardeners’ World. Covering the introduction of the various wild species and then the subsequent development of various hybrids and varieties over the last century. It dispels the myth that all “Montbretias” are weeds and introduces you to many fascinating varieties with many cultural tips. Ideal for August/September when many are in flower. Plants & Slides. Please Contact John Foley at Holden Clough Nursery Ltd
01200 447615 direct for this talk.
Ornamental Grasses, Ferns, Herbaceous Perennials, Conifers, Heathers and Shrubs that have interesting and effective foliage to give all year colour, structure and form in the garden. For many years this title formed the basis of my exhibit at BBC Gardeners’ World Live RHS Show at the NEC. Illustrated by Plants & Slides.
‘GROWING PLANTS FOR FLOWER ARRANGING’
Cultural tips and advice on the growing and use in floral art of many Hardy Plants, Grasses and Shrubs. Excellent for NAFAS groups and W.I’s. Plants/ plants & slides.
‘HARDY PLANTS FOR COLD PLACES’
An ever popular title requested by several HPS groups, with a particular emphasis on those truly hardy plants that do not require any winter protection. Plants & slides.
‘HERBACEOUS PERENNIALS & COTTAGE GARDEN PLANTS’
A wide-ranging talk of general interest with an emphasis on some of the old-fashioned perennials plus some shrubs that can be combined to give the traditional English cottage garden appearance to your garden. Plants & slides.
‘HERBACEOUS PERENNIALS – OLD AND NEW’
A season by season look at a wide range of interesting and colourful Hardy Plants featuring many familiar names as well several good new introductions, covering choice of plant, suitable soils and necessary ongoing care. Plants or plants & slides.
‘PLANTS FOR PROBLEM PLACES’
Advice on plants that will grow where other plants fail, including coverage of alpines, herbaceous, grasses and shrubby plant types including groundcover. Also includes tips on encouraging wildlife into your garden in these problem sites. Plants & slides.
‘PLANTS FOR THE SMALLER GARDEN’
Another popular title for all year round that covers all types of plants from Alpines and Herbaceous Perennials to Shrubs, Heathers, Conifers and Climbers suitable for planting in smaller gardens (as well as in larger gardens of course!). Illustrated with all live plants.
‘PRIMULAS – A DIVERSE RANGE OF PLANTS’
One of the most diverse groups of plants covering everything from the Primrose and Cowslip through old-fashioned Show Auriculas, stately candelabra species for the bog garden to the gems of Primula allionii and various hybrids for the rock garden, trough or alpine house. Covers all aspects of cultivation and best presented in Spring when most are in flower. Illustrated by Plants and Slides.
‘SHRUBS – THEIR CULTIVATION AND PRUNING’
Concentrating on the importance of shrubs and conifers in the overall garden scene plus tips on cultivation including pruning and feeding. This title also covers both top fruit (apples, plums, pears, etc.) and soft fruit pruning if required. Plants or plants & slides.
‘THE AUTUMN GARDEN’
An ideal title for September-November when many plants have superb foliage colour as well as berried trees and shrubs, Gentians and Autumn-flowering perennials. Illustrated with Plants or Plants & Slides.
‘TROUGH AND SINK GARDENS’
Practical demonstration and slides featuring all types of small Alpines, Dwarf Conifers and small Shrubs ideal for growing in miniature gardens. Plants and Slides.
‘WADDOW LODGE – THE TRANSFORMATION OF OUR GARDEN’
This title catalogues the progress over the last few years of our garden here at Waddow and covers both success and failures and how we have made the garden as it is today with regular groups of visitors coming to visit and being listed in the NGS Yellow Book.
‘WINTER COLOUR IN THE GARDEN’
An extremely popular title featuring the wonderful array of plants that can be used to brighten gardens during the dull months of winter. This talk uses all live plant material and ideally needs either a stage or several tables in order to create a display.
N.B. Following all presentations there are plants available for purchase, many having been used to illustrate the talk plus a chance to ask any questions not answered previously. Also orders from our plant list (see www.RHS.org.uk/ Plantfinder) can be collected on the day by prior arrangement so as to save on postage charges.
Fees These depend upon the location and distance travelled. Please enquire for further details from Peter Foley, Telephone: (evenings 01200 429145)