Wolfgang Bopp, BBC Radio Solent’s well known gardening expert will be giving us an insight into “The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens” where he is Director.
Graham Wagstaffe, an authority on growing, showing and judging vegetables will help make our greenhouses more productive with a talk on “Greenhouse Crops”.
At the tender age of 14, Wolfgang decided upon an apprenticeship in Horticulture. At 19 he chose to build a greenhouse rather than buy a car and so his future in gardening was sealed. Wolfgang gained the Kew diploma after which he worked for the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Moving on, he became curator at Ness Botanic Gardens and subsequently the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, then studied for a time at the Jerusalem Botanic Garden. He visited Japan many times, having a passion for the gardens there, then in 2004, the opportunity arose to work for the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. In his own words, he has “never looked back and together with an incredible plant collection and fantastic team, has achieved incredible things at the gardens including the Centenary border and enhancing the Winter Garden several times”.
Graham was a speaker at our 2015 seminar and is back by popular demand. As a qualified NVS Judge and Lecturer, he is a well-known personality on the vegetable showing circuit. Graham has been judging for twenty years at Branches, National Championships and local shows. He is also a keen exhibitor at Branch and National level as well as at RHS shows. A highly engaging keynote speaker, Graham gives on average around 30 talks each year and is in demand the length and breadth of the country, including Jersey. His speciality subjects include kitchen and show vegetables and flowers. The BBC recently filmed Graham’s vegetable garden and returned later in the season to film the result and see his produce triumph on the show bench.