On Tuesday 8th December  Steve Bradley gave  a talk CHRISTMAS IN THE GARDEN, at the Vestry Hall, Marden at 7.30pm.

Steve talked about plants of winter interest such as Sarcococca,  Lonicera Standishii a shrubby winter flowering honeysuckle  and Ilex Verticillata which is a deciduous holly covered in berries, good for flower arrangements and the birds seem to leave it till last. Also Rubus cockburnianus the white stemmed bramble though that can be a bit invasive if not kept under control.
He also recommended making a bird feeder out of an old lemonade bottle as the squirrels can’t cling to the shiny sides and slide off. (See under Tips and Hints for more details.)

Steve Bradley grew up on a (mainly) rose nursery and is now a freelance garden writer and broadcaster. He studied horticulture at Writtle, Cannington and Pershore Colleges, achieving the RHS Master of Horticulture Diploma. In the early 1990s he appeared on two television series Plant Life and Garden Doctors, as a presenter on three official Chelsea Flower Show videos and made videos specialising in Propagation and Nursery Stock.

He currently appears almost every weekend on BBC local radio in Kent, Surrey/Sussex and Essex, answering live phone-in questions. He has written around 45 books and his most recent work is the revision of the famous Grafter’s Handbook With Val, his wife, he wrote the support material for the Ground Force TV series and in October 2002 they joined Peter Seabrook as gardening correspondents for the Sun newspaper. As a magazine contributor he is behind the ‘Masterclass’ series in Gardens Monthly, and writes specialist articles for the RHS journal and BBC Gardeners World Magazine.

Mince Pies and Mulled Wine
Competition –Season Table Decoration – £10 garden voucher to the winner