Programme of Events

Meetings in 2021

20th September 2021 Members Autumn Flower, Fruit and Vegetable Display Charlton House Long Gallery 7.30pm.  See Shows page of this website for the classes you can enter.

18th October 2021 “Murder most Florid” a talk on forensic botany by Dr Mark Spencer, looking at how plants can unlock clues to help solve crimes. Start time 7.15pm

Dr Mark Spencer is an experienced and internationally respected botanist. His expertise covers many disciplines including forensic botany, the plants of North-west Europe, invasive species and the history of botanical science. He works globally as a writer, public speaker and television presenter and has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage.  He is also Hon. Botany Curator of the Linnean Society of London. His website gives a detailed description of his range of expertise.

15th November 2021 – to be announced.

Past Meetings:

18th January 2021 -“Exotic Plants” a talk by Graham Blunt.

Graham owns Plantbase, a unique nursery in East Sussex specialising in unusual plants.

15th February 2021“Beth Chatto, A life with Plants” from author Dr. Catherine Horwood (on Zoom).

Dr Catherine Horwood is an English journalist, author and social historian who has written extensively on horticulture and garden design and is the authorised biographer of Beth Chatto. A keen gardener for over thirty years, Catherine has created three gardens that have been open through the National Gardens Scheme and was for many years an organiser for the NGS. Her Facebook page gives you links to her other work on women gardeners, growing houseplants and you can check out her blog on growing vegetables here:   Her book on Beth Chatto won European Garden Book of the Year in 2020.

15th March 2021“Elephants in the Garden” a talk by Dr David Marsh (on Zoom).  There have been elephants in gardens since 1255, this talk considers how menageries of one sort or another became “must have” garden features!

Dr David Marsh is a garden historian, lecturer and writer, as well as a trustee of the Gardens Trust, a charity dedicated to the conservation of our historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes. He is an expert on garden history and co-convener of the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes seminars at Institute of Historical Research, London University. A brief introduction to his talks can be found at and he writes a weekly blog for the Gardens Trust which you can find at

19th April 2021“Create a garden for all seasons” a talk by Adam Pasco

Adam Pasco launched the BBC Gardeners’ World magazine in 1991 and edited it for 22 years, he currently edits the Waitrose magazine, and has worked alongside gardening icons Geoff Hamilton, Geoffrey Smith and Alan Titchmarsh; he also lectures, is a renowned photographer and runs his own media company,

17th May 2021 – Local Nature – a talk from naturalist Joe Beale about the changing management of the local area, including Charlton, Greenwich and Blackheath, and the impact this is having on local plants and animals.

Joe Beale is a naturalist who, in addition to carrying out surveys of local wildlife, giving talks and writing, also offers guided walks. He is across social media platforms with an active Twitter account, updating people on what to see in our area.

21st June 2021 – A talk from Graham Dear on Managing Greenwich Park during Covid and the impact on the Revealed project. This will be on Zoom, start time 7.15 pm.

Graham Dear is Manager for Greenwich Park. His management has overseen Greenwich Park Revealed, ‘an exciting multi million pound project to conserve and to enhance Greenwich Park’s historic and natural heritage, putting the community at its very heart’.                 

9th July 2021“Roof Gardens” – a talk by Dusty Gedge, held on Zoom.

Dusty Gedge is a green infrastructure professional, public speaker, photographer, nature conservationist and social media influencer. He is President of the European Federation of Green Roof and Wall Associations and a recognised international speaker on green roofs, green infrastructure and biodiversity.

6th August 2021Members Evening, Question Time with Joe Woodcock as guest panelist, venue is the Charlton House walled gardens from the slightly earlier time of 7pm, until dusk. (Bring a torch!).