A World of Hepaticas by John Massey VMH

Len Beer Memorial Lecture (Treborth Botanic Garden)

Main Arts Lecture Theatre, Bangor University, College Road, Bangor LL57 2DG
Thursday 28 March 2019, 19:30–22:00
Treborth Botanic Garden
Hazel Cave (Secretary)
01492 622868

For this year’s Len Beer Memorial lecture the Friends of Treborth Botanic Garden and the Alpine Garden Society we welcome John Massey VHM to present a lecture on one of his many passions, Hepaticas.

John has spent many years growing these beautiful, delicate early spring flowering plants (relatives of Anemones and Buttercups) and has travelled around the world to find each separate species in its natural habitat, to study it and subsequently bring that knowledge back to the garden to improve their cultivations. He has also spent many years carefully producing and nurturing hybrids, exploring the range of form available while always looking for new good garden plants. All of this knowledge and passion he will bring together in his lecture to wow us with these beautiful plants.

John is the owner of Ashwood Nursery in the West Midlands which is famous for its award winning Hellebores along with extensive collections of Lewisias, Cyclamen, Hepaticas and many other unusual and interesting plants. Last year John and Ashwood won a Gold Medal and the President’s Award for a display of Hellebores in flower at the Chelsea Flower show, a fitting follow up to a Gold Medal and The Diamond Jubilee award in 2016 for a wonderful display of Hepaticas also in flower at Chelsea.