Autumn Festival Programme 2014

Floral Guernsey Autumn Festival  20th-29th September 2014

Saturday 20th September

RHS Garden Event - ‘Inspirational Autumn Perennials’

This 2 acre garden surrounding an old Guernsey farmhouse has been developed over the last 15 years by Hazel and John Greany. Rosy Hardy, owner of Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants, will lead a talk and tour of the garden, exploring the use and maintenance of late-flowering perennials to provide colour and interest in autumn. Rosy will give advice on the most garden worthy species & cultivars, successful plant combinations, tips on maintenance, when to divide & cut back and advice on propagation.

TIME: 10am–12.30pm

WHERE: La Croute, Route des Bruliaux, St Pierre du Bois, Guernsey GY7 9BA. 

Perry’s Guide Ref: 27 H4.  Parking on site

COST: – RHS garden event. RHS Members £10. Non-members £12

Includes light refreshments.

TO BOOK: or in person at Beau Sejour, Guernsey Info Centre, Candie Museum and The Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts.


Sunday 21st September

Herm Island Woodland Family Discovery Walk

Family fun on Herm Island, meet at the Mermaid Tavern to collect a fact sheet and set off on the woodland walk to discover a variety of exotic plants and trees. There are fun prizes for those who complete the walk! Return to Guernsey at your own leisure.

TIME: Take the 10:30 ferry for a 11:15 start on Herm

MEET: At the Mermaid Inn

COST: Donations to the Herm Tree Fund.

TO BOOK: Ferry tickets are not included and will need to be booked individually. No booking required for the walk.


Tuesday 23rd September  




The tour lasts approx. 2 hours. Join Herm’s head gardener Brett Moore, for a tour of the island’s gardens. The tour, gives you the chance to learn about the unique plant life and challenges associated with gardening on Herm. After the tour there is the opportunity to purchase plants from the nursery. The tour lasts up to 2 hours and you will explore the harbour, hotel and church gardens and get a behind the scenes look at the nursery.

MEET: Travel Trident.
COST: Tickets £7.50 per person (does not include the boat fare).

TO BOOK: Call 01481 715000


Thursday 25th September

TOUR ONE 10AM -11AM TOUR TWO 2:30PM – 3.30PM


A walk through a private Guernsey garden with the gardener, in a moderate sized colourful ‘plantsman’s garden’ which contains a variety of more unusual shrubs & perennials in the parish of Forest.

Includes coffee & Guernsey gache in the conservatory.

WHERE: Forest Lodge, Rue des Monts, Forest. Perry’s Guide: 29 F2. Parking in adjacent property.

COST: £6 per person (Proceeds go to The Forest Floral Group).

TO BOOK: Tattie Thompson email Call 01481 239444.


Saturday 27th September

The Spectacular Gardens of Castle Cornet

As part of their 2014 Regional Finals Britain in Bloom entry, Floral St Peter Port are giving you the chance to see the recent enhancement that has been undertaken by Floral Guernsey of the historic gardens at Castle Cornet. Entry is free, wander around the castle gardens and enjoy live music around the castle with a variety of different artists. Also enjoy a range of different food and nibbles while you are there.

TIME: 3pm – 7pm

WHERE: Castle Cornet, St Peter Port


TO BOOK: No booking required


 Saturday 27th September

 ‘Maximum Flavour, Minimum Labour’

A talk by TV presenter, author and Botanist - James Wong

Want to double the sweetness of your homegrown tomatoes, yet halve the work? With the right, scientifically-proven, growing techniques you really can have your cake and eat it. In a sneak preview to James Wong’s new RHS book, this talk is a foodie’s guide to measurably improving the flavour & nutrition of homegrown crops, using cutting-edge techniques that are positively easier than conventional gardening rules.

From sweetcorn with 10 times the sugar, blueberries with 4 times the antioxidants & strawberries with over 7 times the aroma, James will be revealing exactly what to do to supercharge the flavour in a wide range of conventional crops using unconventional methods.

This talk is hosted by George Garnett, a 15 year old aspiring botanist as part of his fundraising campaign to visit the Amazon Rainforest. In addition to funding his trip, George hopes to raise a donation for the Crees Foundation,  who aim to support a sustainable Amazon by empowering the local community through agroforestry projects.

To quote Crees, ‘It’s about collaboration’, George would like to thank all of his many plant loving supporters. In particular; Floral Guernsey, The Rotary Club of Guernsey, The Old Elizabethan Association and The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. Finally, special thanks to James Wong for being such an inspirational mentor and fellow plant geek! 

TIME: 7pm-9pm

WHERE: Princess Royal Performing Arts Centre, St Peter Port

COST: £10

TO BOOK: or in person from Beau Sejour, Guernsey Info Centre, Candie Museum and The Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts


Sunday 28th September

Open Garden at ‘La Petite Vallee’ St Peter Port

A beautiful collection of gardens including seasonal cloisters, herbaceous borders, a woodland walk and a tropical garden. Featuring a number of unusual plants and water flows throughout the garden. 
Explore the terraces and hidden areas and wander along the new dicksonia/hosta walk. Teas and cakes available.

TIME: 2-5pm

WHERE: La Petite Vallee, 
Rue de Putron, St. Peter Port. 

COST: £5 proceeds to Floral Guernsey

TO BOOK: No booking required


Monday 29th September

Floral Guernsey and Plant Heritage talk

‘Bordering on Insanity - Creating an All Year Round Border’

by Mr Timothy Walker- Director of the Oxford Botanic Garden & Harcourt Arboretum.

Timothy Walker is a writer & lecturer who has won 4 gold medals at Chelsea Flower Show. In 2011 he was the presenter of a television series: 'Botany - A Blooming History'

His talk looks at the herbaceous border and covers the principles and practicalities to be adopted when trying to create a border that is interesting and varied all-year-round.  It concludes with a look at a collection of must-have plants.

TIME: 7.30pm

WHERE: The Harry Bound Room, Les Cotils, St. Peter Port.

COST: Entry: £5 Plant Heritage members. £8 non-Plant Heritage members 

TO BOOK: No booking required, please pay at the door.