Thursday, 30 July 2015

Celebrity Lecture tickets now on sale

James Alexander Sinclair is our guest lecturer this year and he has now given us more information on his talk, which he calls:  “A Life in Five Gardens”
This is what he has to say about it:

“I was never a childhood prodigy; one of those at the sound of whose toddling footsteps roses would preen and daisies turn their heads in expectant glee.  I stumbled upon gardening by accident and there is seldom a day that passes when I am not thankful for that accident.  I spend my life flitting around the countryside designing gardens for some very lovely people.  My talk will tell the stories behind five of my favourite gardens”. 

James is one of the foremost garden designers in the UK.  He has designed gardens from Cornwall to the Western Isles and from London to Moscow.  He is also an award-winning writer, a compelling speaker, a frequent broadcaster – most recently in the BBC2 series “The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge” and he is also an elected member of the Council of the Royal Horticultural Society. 

We are really pleased to have James coming to talk to us about his life in gardening.  It is sure to be entertaining, informative and passionate. 

All the profits from this lecture will go to our Education Programme.  This enables us to give small grants to schools to encourage children to have an interest in gardens.  We arrange and pay for groups of children to visit a walled kitchen garden which has been set up as an “outdoor classroom”, so that they can learn where their food comes from.  We award an annual bursary to a student at a local horticultural college who has made the most progress on their course.  We make grants to schools towards the cost of creating school gardens.

We could not do any of this without the profits that we make from our Celebrity Lecture, so, do come and bring your friends:

Date:  Wednesday 16th September
Venue: Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 1, Leicester Univery, University Road.
Cost:  £15 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink)

For more information on how to book go to our website:

written by Sue Blaxland