After refreshments, including mince pies, we settled down to listen to our speaker give his talk titled “The garden in winter and topical tips with Bob Hare”
Bob trained at RHS Wisley, worked as a horticulturalist and lectured at Pershore College, where he discovered several new plants. Now retired, he is an RHS advisor. Many of us have heard Bob speak before and some of us have been his students in the past. His talk was as fascinating as expected as his knowledge and advice is based on many years of research and practical experience as well as an appreciation of how practice has changed over the years. Bob took us through jobs we should be doing in our gardens at this time of year as well as demonstrating skills for propagating new plants such as taking cuttings, growing lily bulb scales and collecting seeds from berries. He then showed us lovely examples of plants that look particularly good at this time of year and offered suggestions for propagating from this plant material where suitable. Bob let people take away bits of these plants for cuttings and berries for planting. In my own garden I have plants that I grew from plant material provided by Bob when he was a tutor at Pershore a few years ago. He finished his excellent talk by answering questions from the audience.