Barnsdale after Geoff (1996-present day): a talk by Nick Hamilton

Date: Sunday 17 March 2024

Club: Surrey Horticultural Federation

Contact: Ms. Beth Otway



On Sunday 17th March 2024 at 2.30pm, we will be welcoming Nick Hamilton (son of the late, great, Geoff Hamilton) to Normandy Village Hall, Manor Fruit Farm, Glaziers Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2DT.

We’re looking forward to welcoming Horticulturist, Nick Hamilton as the speaker for our Spring Talk at  2.30pm on Sunday 17th March 2024 at Normandy Village Hall, Manor Farm, Glaziers Lane, Normandy, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 2DT.

Nick is the son of the late, great, legendary gardener, Geoff Hamilton. Nick Hamilton developed his passion for gardening, aged 9, when his father purchased a derelict garden centre in Kettering. He worked with his dad at weekends and during school holidays. He trained at Writtle College and took a National Diploma course in commercial horticulture. Nick’s sandwich year placement sent him to Darby Nursery Stock in Norfolk, one of the largest wholesale container nurseries in the country. The nursery asked him to return for full time employment, once his course had ended. Nick gained valuable experience there and at other nurseries until his father purchased a piece of land, adjacent to Barnsdale, in 1989. This land formed the nursery and ultimately part of Barnsdale Gardens. Nick worked closely with his father in the family business.

Nick took over the running of Barnsdale Gardens when his father Geoff died and has developed it into the inspirational garden that it is today, which is not only a credit to a great man but also to Nick’s passion, foresight and hard work. These inspirational gardens are still run using organic and peat-free principles and are visited annually by about 30,000 people, who range from keen gardeners to non-gardeners who still enjoy a visit to a beautiful garden. You will find Nick at Barnsdale, occupying the “hands on” role he so enjoys.

Over the years, Nick has also managed to fit in appearances on Gardeners’ World, writing books, being a regular contributor to gardening magazines, talking to gardening groups, W.I’s, etc., contributing to the various Talks Stages at major flower shows, tutoring most of the courses being run at Barnsdale, and still getting out and about, displaying in the Great Pavilion at The Chelsea Flower Show, and in the floral marquee at the Gardeners’ World Live Show. Nick has also been the President of The Cottage Garden Society, a position he took up in 2007.

Tickets for Nick Hamilton’s talk are on sale now. If you want to come to this special event, hurry up and order your tickets, before we sell out! Please send a stamped, addressed envelope to Katharine Deaville, 8 Hookley Close, Elstead, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 6JG. Tickets are £10 each for members of SHF affiliated societies when purchased in advance and £15 each for non-members. Please make cheques payable to Surrey Horticultural Federation. If we have any tickets left on the evening of the talk they will be sold for £15 on the door.