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
Crewekerne Gardening Club
Peter Savage and friends with
Hostas at Whichford Pottery
June 2017

Peter Savage at Wells and District
Gardening Club
April 2017

Peter Savage with the
Crewekerne Gardening Club
March 2017

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 talks@bowdenhostas.com or call Bowdens on 01837 840989

Current Bookings
 Date and Time
 Venue  Topic
 Plants for Sale
 Wednesday 18 October 2017, 7:30pm
 Fremington Gardening Club
 Fremington Village Hall EX31 3BG
 Hostas  
 Friday 19 January 2018, 7:30pm
 Bidborough Gardening Association
 Bidborough Village Hall TN3 0XD
 Hostas  
 Wedndesday 28 March 2018, 7:30pm
 Moorland Flower Club
 The Community Club, Mortonhampstead TQ13 8LG
 Hostas  Ferns
 Thursday 5 April 2018, 7:30pm
 Bratton Clovelly WI
 The School Room, Bratton Clovelly EX20 4JN
 Hostas  
 Monday 12 November 2018, 7:30pm
 Drewsteignton Garden Club
 The Church Rooms, Drewsteignton EX6 6QN
 Ferns  

"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.