July Meeting – Scent in the Garden

Want to add an extra dimension to your garden? Enhance another sense?  Then the meeting on the 1st July at the Wyche and Colwall Horticultural Society is for you.


The guest speaker will be Stephen Lacey.  Stephen is a garden writer, lecturer, broadcaster and plantsman, with a particular interest in planting design. He is a long-standing columnist and feature writer for The Daily Telegraph, and contributes to many other publications including House and Garden, the RHS Journal and Horticulture Magazine. His books include ‘The Startling Jungle’, ‘Scent in Your Garden’, ‘Gardens of the National Trust’ and ‘Real Gardening’. Recently, he has begun taking on garden design commissions in UK and the Mediterranean, putting to wider use the inspiration from his garden travels and his own practical experience of growing an extensive range of trees, shrubs, bulbs, perennials and greenhouse plants. He lives in London and on the Welsh border, where he has an intensive one acre garden.

Stephen’s talk is entitled ‘Scent in the Garden’.  He will focus on the most powerful but most neglected element in the garden. The subject has long fascinated Stephen. (‘Scent in Your Garden’ was his second book) and many of the photographs are taken in his own garden on the Welsh border. The talks explores the role of scent in plants, how and when it is released, and the diversity of fragrances in flowers and leaves – pleasant and unpleasant. It then considers the use and placing of scented plants, the making of scented features, and a season by season calendar of outstanding plants.

The talk commences at 7:30pm at Colwall Village Hall with refreshments available from 7:00pm.  Come along early and meet other gardeners.