We are delighted to share our exciting line up of speakers and topics for our Winter Zoom Talks 2023/2024. If you would like to join us, please go to the events page (link below) on our website to book tickets (which are free).
Once booked, you will receive an email notification to confirm your place. Instructions for joining the event on Zoom will be sent by email closer to the date of each talk.
November 15th – 7.30pm
David Thornton on Growing Exhibition Shallots
Join us for what promises to be a very informative talk from David Thornton on growing Exhibition shallots. The talk will cover every aspect of growing them from planting the bulbs to harvesting and storing them.
November 29th – 7.30pm
Jim Williams - “Greenhouses” - how to make best use of them!
Join us for a evening covering everything you need to know about Greenhouses – Types, Heating, Lighting, Ventilation, Watering, Composts & seed sowing, Common problems, pests & diseases, Tomato cultivation.
December 13th – 7.30pm
Ivor Mace - Growing Large Exhibition Onions and Blanch Leeks
Ivor is one of the top growers of Large Exhibition Onions and Blanch Leeks within the NVS and will give an illustrated talk and share his methods for growing for exhibition with success. Onion Seeds are usually sown in December so it’s perfect timing for anyone wishing to try a different approach for the next season. Ivor will also explain how he is breeding new leeks.
December 20th – 7.30pm
2023 Year in Review
Join us for an evening of reflection as we look back and review the 2023 show season. Fiona and Ray will showcase photos from shows around the society and delve into the Branch Championship & National Championships results.
January 10th – 7.30pm
Jim Pearson on Growing Cauliflowers for Exhibition
Join us for what promises to be a very informative presentation on growing Cauliflowers for exhibition. Jim believes that with a bit of hard work and dedication any grower is capable of growing Cauliflowers to National Standards and unlike some other show vegetables, you don’t need grow lights, heated greenhouses or polytunnels to have a go. The most important aspect to growing top class cauliflowers is getting the garden prepared correctly
January 24th – 7.30pm
Emma Beardshaw - The journey of a vegetable seed to the plot
Have you ever wondered about how a major seed company operates?
Emma's talk will give you the insight into how Unwins (a major seed company) is run and provide an insight into trials & breeding, selection, production / bulking up, supply into UK, the Unwins quality control intake procedure & production.
February 7th – 7.30pm
Phil Burgess - Growing quality veg in a small home garden.
Join us and discover how Phil grows his award-winning vegetables in his back garden. Phil's talk will demonstrate that is possible to grow top exhibition quality vegetables in a Tiny veg plot.
February 21st - 7.30pm
An Evening with Medwyn Williams
Join us for a trip through Medwyn’s lifetime of growing vegetables and find out just how he and his family stage their magnificent displays.
March 5th – 7.30pm
Jason Ralph Smith - AutoPot
“Grow anything, anywhere, power-free, with no running water required”.
The AutoPot technology is unique as it is the only irrigation technology in the world that is controlled by the plants and requires only gravity pressure from the reservoir to function. Join us for an evening with Jason and he will explain all about it. Prepare to be flooded with information and a reservoir of top tips from the world of AutoPots.
March 20th - 7.30
Vanessa Jones - A closer look at Asian Hornets
The Asian Hornet is an invasive species and a threat to wildlife in particular the Honeybee. As gardeners we are an obvious group to identify them in our local areas. Vanessa will tell us what to look out for.
Hopefully within the programme you will find something of benefit and that interests you. If you have any problems booking please don`t hesitate to contact us by email on [email protected]
We hope you can find the time to join us for some of the talks.
The NVS Team