Plant Heritage in-person & Zoom talk: ‘Plants For Shade & Woodland’ a talk by Timothy Walker

Date: Thursday 11 April 2024

Club: Plant Heritage, Surrey Group (NCCPG)

Contact: Wendy Bentall

Phone: 01276-858256


Attend in person in Cobham or via Zoom. Doors open at 7pm  – talk starts 7:30pm at St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Churchgate House, Downside Bridge Road, Cobham,  Surrey, KT11 3EJ.

The deadline for requests for an invitation for this talk is 11am on the morning of the event.

We are delighted to welcome Timothy back to Cobham to give this lecture. For those of you who are not familiar with his style expect a great depth of horticultural knowledge to be interwoven with his wicked sense of humour and great story telling.

Timothy Walker joined the staff of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden in 1980 as a trainee gardener and in 1988 I became the Horti Praefectus (director), a post that I held for 26 years until July 2014. He is currently a lecturer in Plant Sciences at Somerville College Oxford. In May 2011 Timothy presented a BBC4 TV series on the history of botany. He has visited North Yorkshire, Ireland, Sweden, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Australia, Seychelles, South Africa, Canada and America in search of plants. In addition to gardening in his own garden, Timothy’s particular interests are euphorbias, plant conservation, and explaining why plants are fascinating and important.
In this talk Timothy will addreess those problem areas of the garden where the sun does not shine for some, or all, of the day. This talk looks at which plants can be grown in the five different types of shade in a variety of different soils such as dry or damp. All the plants are suitable for a small to tiny garden. It also looks at the woodlands around the world that have given us so many good garden plants
The evening will include a plant sale of both common, rare and unusual plants grown by Surrey Group Members, a raffle and the opportunity to enter the ‘Flower of the Meeting Competition’.

Refreshments will be available.

If you are unable to join us physically in Cobham but would like to join us this talk will be given via Zoom. An invitation will be sent out to all Surrey Group Members for whom we hold an email address a few days before the talk. If you are not a Surrey Group Member, but would like to join us for the talk, it is available for free to all Plant Heritage members and a suggested donation of £5 to the Surrey Group for non-members.

If you would like to join us via Zoom or would like some further information please contact us at