Talks for 2022

Our talks take place on the 4th Tuesday of the month (unless indicated otherwise below)

Our meetings start at 7.30pm, and will be conducted either by Zoom or in person at Abbots Leigh Village Hall BS8 3QP. This will depend on the situation at the time - check this website shortly before each meeting for confirmation..

January 25th

FANTASTIC FRONDS - by Zoom

RHS Veitch Memorial Medal holder Bob Brown of Cotswold Garden Flowers will discuss growing the best ferns for different garden situations, and how to identify common native species.

This meeting is free to Herb Group members (join here). A link will be available for non-members to buy tickets nearer the time.

February 22nd

COFFEE: A FLAVOURFUL HISTORY

Hear the story of coffee’s origins and journey around the world. Dan Lacey of Extract Coffee Roasters will give an insight into species and cultivars, and the factors that influence flavour (with tastings if at Abbots Leigh).

March 29th (5th Tuesday)

HERBS FOR THE FUTURE

Jekka McVicar has been growing herbs at her herb farm near Bristol for over three decades, where she has her amazing herb collection or 'herbetum'. We are proud that she has also been our President for a number of years. She will give us her perspective on the enduring value of herbs in the modern world.

April 26th

EAU DE PARFUM: OUR CREATIVE JOURNEY

Somerset perfumier Jones and Modha describe their use of essential oils to create a beautiful, natural, synthetic-free fragrance, not tested on animals, and kind to the planet.

May 24th

FOR THE HEALTH OF YOUR GUT

Victoria Kubiak is a local nutritional therapist and cookery demonstrator who runs an allergy clinic. She will talk about foods to support gut health and entice the taste buds (with demonstration and tasting if at Abbots Leigh).

June 28th Morning outing

A SUMMER MORNING IN THE GARDEN

Tom Thorn, Head Gardener at Ashton Court, will guide us through their gardens, including the wonderful Millennium Rose Garden. Members only, 11am start. Please bring a picnic lunch.

July 3rd (Sunday) Annual outing

SUDELEY CASTLE GARDENS

For further details, see Outings



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July 19th (3rd Tuesday)

NETTLES FOR FIBRE

The stinging nettle is an ancient wild fibre plant, used in the UK for over 3000 years. Weaver Brigitte Kaltenbacher looks at this ancient fibre plant’s huge potential for sustainable textiles of the future.

September 27th

MEDICINES FROM MUSHROOMS

The Bristol Fungarium in Barrow Gurney produces the first UK-grown organic medicinal mushroom products. Tom Baxter gives an insight into growing and selecting the mushrooms and preparing tinctures (with sales if at Abbots Leigh).

October 18th (3rd Tuesday)

MYTHICAL HERBS OF GREECE

Professor Helen King has written widely on ancient medicine and myth, particularly regarding the lives of women. She will discuss Ancient Greek beliefs about the power of herbs in health and healing.

November 22nd

HERBS TO HELP YOU SLEEP

What happens to your body when you fall asleep? Local medical herbalist Lily Cannetty-Clarke talks about helpful lifestyle practices to promote sleep and the best herbal remedies to induce a peaceful night’s rest.

December 6th (1st Tuesday)

AGM

A herb-themed social evening, preceded by a short AGM. More details will be confirmed nearer the time.