Saturday 15th October 2022 saw the launch of a new networking group for Devon professional gardeners. Held at RHS Rosemoor, it was organised by Ian Smith for the DGT Education Committee.
The day aimed to capture ideas for workshops and training days for continuing professional development and to provide an opportunity for networking. 37 attended.
Following an introduction to the work of the DGT, Joshua Sparkes of Woolsery Farm in North Devon gave a presentation on some revolutionary regenerative techniques in market gardening and horticulture drawn from his experiences as a Churchill Scholar in the USA and his interest in Japanese precedents.
Later, Jonathan Webster, Curator of RHS Rosemoor, gave a briefing on Rosemoor itself, its history and unique displays and collections.
Geraldine King, Gardens Manager, walked the group around the garden with an emphasis on the future plans: updating the Winter Garden, creating a new Alpine House and display, creating new views through the orchards to Great Torrington, reviving the diversity of the shelterbelts and restoring the industrial heritage of Rosemoor's local lime kiln.
During the day there was an opportunity to network and give feedback on ideas for the future programme.
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