Gardening Talks

Royal Horticultural Society
Gold Medals

Gardening Talks

We are always delighted to be asked to speak at a local club. Peter Savage is entertaining and generates great enthusiasm about hostas, ferns and other plants – how to show them at their best and exactly what is involved in running a prestigious plant nursery.

Well Town Hall
Brodsworth Hall and Gardens
Peter Savage and friends with
Hostas at Whichford Pottery
June 2017

Peter Savage at Wells and District
Gardening Club
April 2017

Peter Savage and friend at
Brodsworth in Bloom
Doncaster June 2018

Sessions will feature an entertaining talk and may include plants for sale, an excellent slideshow including the design and build of gold medal winning displays, and an always popular question and answer session. Guests will enter a prize draw when they sign up to receive our special offers by email. 

To arrange a talk or enquire about fees for your location, please email or call Bowdens on 01837 840989

Current Bookings
 Date and Time
 Venue  Topic
 Plants for Sale
 Friday 28 September 2018, 7:30pm
 Treknow Village Garden Club
 Treknow Village Hall, Treknow, Tintagel PL34 0EW
 Hostas  Hostas and ferns
 Monday 8 October 2018, 7:30pm
 Uffculume Gardening Association
 Uffculume Village Hall, Bridge Street, Uffculume EX156 3AX
 Hostas  Hostas
 Monday 15 October 2018, 7:30pm
 Meavey Gardening Club
 The Parish Rooms, Meavey, PL20 6PP
 Ferns  Ferns
 Monday 11 February 2019, 7:30pm
 Drewsteignton Gardeners Club
 Drewsteignton Village Hall, Drewsteignton EX6 6RB
 Thursday 7 March 2019, 2:30pm
 Bridford and Teign Valley Garden Club 
 Teign Valley Community Hall, Christow, EX6 7NA 
 Thursday 14 March 2019, 7:30pm
 Trisillian Gardening Club
 Trisillian Village Hall, Fairfax Road, Trisillian, TR2 4AZ
 Monday 18 March 2019, 7:30pm
 Whitestone Gardening Club
 Whitestone Parish Hall, Whitestone, EX4 2JP
 Thursday 18 April 2019, 7:30pm
 Gwennap Horticultural Society
 Gwennap Church Hall, Church Lane, Gwennap, Redruth TR16 6BD
 Friday 26 April 2019, 7:30pm
 Treknow Gardening Club
 Treknow Village Hall, Tintagel, PL34 0EW
 Thursday 7 May 2019, 7:30pm
 Marldon Gardening Club
 Marldon Village Hall, Marldon, TQ3 1SJ
 Hostas  Hostas and ferns
 Wednesday 8 May 2019, 7:30pm
 Hemyock Gardeners Association
 Hemyock Parish Hall, Hemyock, EX15 3QW
 Hostas  Hostas
 Thursday 6 June 2019, 7:30pm
 Plymton Gardening Association
 Harewood House, Plymton, PL7 2AS
 Hostas  Hostas

"Thank you so much for the engaging and enthusiastic talk you gave to Moorland Flower Club on the history of Bowdens yesterday afternoon. It was most enjoyable and informative; a real treat."
Moorland Flower Club, March 2018

"Thank you so much for speaking at our club night last evening. Our members thoroughly enjoyed your talk and slides. We are grateful you travelled such a distance."
Glenys – Bidborough Gardening Association, January 2018

"On behalf of all our members, I should like to say a big ‘thank you’ for a most interesting and informative talk on hostas. You have certainly reawakened my desire to add some striking hostas to my garden and I shall be visiting Bowdens very soon."
Tricia Colenso-Wright – Grampound with Creed Gardening Club, April 2017

"Just a little note to say thank you so much for a very enjoyable talk last Thursday evening to Crewkerne Gardening Club. Your talk was very interesting and the most interactive talk we have had in about the 8 years I have been a member. I have had some lovely comments from the members."
April Chant – Crewkerne Gardening Club, March 2017

"What a lovely evening we had! Thank You so much for the witty and informative talk and  film show. I honestly have to say I believe it was probably one of the most professional presentation we have had."
Mrs U  – Georgeham and Croyde Flower and Vegetable Society, October 2016

"Much enjoyed your excellent and entertaining talk at Dulverton the other evening; thank you."
Dulverton Gardening Club,  May 2016

"Thank you very much for coming to Meavy - we enjoyed your talk. You entertained us very well and gave us a varied and interesting account of Bowdens and hostas. The bit about Chelsea was lovely too. It was a good evening - thank you again."
Anne – Meavy Gardening Club, April 2016

"Very many thanks for your excellent talk with illustration last evening  - everyone enjoyed your visit and went home hopefully much more knowledgeable about all the qualities of ferns (and a few hostas as well!). The behind the scenes at Chelsea was also most enlightening - what a challenge!"
Mrs E Copus – Lapford Gardening Club, February 2016

"Thank you so much for your very interesting talk for the garden club. It was very entertaining and informative."
Deborah Dryer -  Bridestow Gardening Club, October 2014

"Thank you very much for a most interesting and entertaining talk on Thursday. Our members seemed very enthusiastic so you must have inspired them."
Christine Rutter  - Buckland Brewer Gardening Club, March 2014

"Many thanks for your entertaining talk on Wednesday, several of the members present expressed their interest and commented on how much they had learned about Hostas."
Bill Wrighton  - Milton Dameral Gardening Club, November 2013

The 1892 book Ferns and Fern Culture is sometimes referenced in our talks. It is available here as a free eBook download.