More details of our past and future visiting speakers
Nestling between the Yorkshire Wolds and The Banks of the River Humber, Lavender Blue can be found in the Rural Hamlet of Broomfleet in The East Riding of Yorkshire.
The constantly evolving and increasing range of Lavendula (Lavenders) and Dianthus (Pinks) plants are grown and tended by Gill Tomkinson. Now having firmly established the business which first was formed in 1982 by the opening of a Florist business by the name of Delft Florists.
Gill graduated from the Welsh College Of Horticulture in 1982 following a two year course. After gaining a City and Guilds and a Diploma in floristry and plant production, Gill went on to set up a successful floristry business which she ran for eight years before she began working in the horticultural trade as a producer for reputable nurseries both in Yorkshire and Oxfordshire.
Neil Timm of The Fern Nursery
Neil began his gardening life at The Isle Of Ely College, Wisbech, and has worked in a number of gardens in Lincolnshire and beyond, including over twenty years as a landscape gardener and garden designer.
He runs The Fern Nursery a family run nursery in the Lincolnshire Wolds.
Doug’s horticultural career stated when at the tender age of 13 he won the contract to supply the village shop with freshly grown vegetables.
After training as a professional horticulturist Doug has worked in roles as diverse as cucumber and tomato lecturer, pumpkin producer, plant propagator, interior landscaper and garden designer.
After over 20 years working in horticultural education, where he was Head of Horticulture at one of the UK’s leading land-based colleges Doug is now enjoying the freedom of working for himself.
To keep out of mischief Doug also presents a two-hour gardening phone in on BBC Radio Humberside – “The Great Outdoors” is one of the most popular local radio programmes in the region.
Doug has been widely published and has contributed to both radio and television programmes.
In his free time he enjoys striding across hill and dale (well at the start of the day that is – in truth, at the end of the day there is a lot more waddling than striding!) has traveled widely and enjoys plants, his beloved Mac computer and red wine in almost equal measure.
Gail Summerfield MSc Dip Hort [RHS]
Gail trained as a botanist and plant physiologist before working in retailing as a training officer. She started Westshores in 1985, and seventeen years ago took a post as a part-time lecturer at Bishop Burton College. She now manages a private course, "Better Gardening" at the village hall in Winterton. Theory modifies and is modified by the practical experience of running a nursery and she is a well informed, interesting speaker.
Peter Williams of Weathervane House
Peter was formerly principal lecturer at York St. John University, he is an ecologist, plant physiologist, soil scientist, statistician and gardener.
Paul Robinson of Sewerby Hall
Paul Robinson is renowned for his light-hearted yet educational and informative garden talks around the county and his videos can be found on YouTube by searching for the ‘Laughing Gardener’.