The Cornwall Garden Society’s (CGS) February lectures will be delivered by Lady Skelmersdale, who has run bulb specialists Broadleigh Gardens in Somerset for 45 years.

A passionate gardener since childhood, Lady Skelmersdale holds the National Collection of Alec Gray CVS daffodils and has exhibited extensively at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show.

Lady Skelmersdale has also been a member of the RHS Council for 12 years, president of the Friends of the Bristol Botanic Garden for seven years and garden advisor for RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon for 12 years. She was also chair of the 2012-2015 RHS trial of drumstick alliums.

A regular contributor to RHS The Garden magazine, Lady Skelmersdale is also the author of two books: Creative Gardening with Bulbs and A Gardeners’ Guide to Bulbs.

In 2009, she was presented with the Victoria Medal of Honour (VMH) – the RHS’s highest award for services to horticulture.

Where Did Your Garden Grow? Or Around the World in 80 Plants will be her topic on Tuesday, February 11, at 7.30pm at The Alverton in Truro, while Beat the Drum will be her focus on Wednesday, February 12, at 2.30pm at the St Mellion International Resort in Saltash.

These lectures are free for CGS members. Non-members are welcome to attend and donations are gratefully received.

A local nursery will offer plants for sale and refreshments will be available.

The CGS is a charity that exists to encourage and improve the science, art and practice of horticulture in all its branches; share knowledge about gardening and Cornwall’s rich garden heritage, and conserve the county’s natural environment. The society is affiliated to the RHS and its Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales. For further information about the CGS, please visit, follow @CwllGardenSoc on Twitter and Instagram, or like