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Pruning and Training: talk by Bev Bond

Monday 29 May 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In this talk Bev Bond will be aiming to show the possibilities of these marvellous and sometimes majestic plants and will introduce you to some beautiful plants that she has cared for over the years. She will explore training, supports, growing plants on buildings, (including historic buildings) and the importance of soil, aspect and establishment. She will discuss some of her techniques, rose varieties, pruning cuts, wound healing, pruning for direction and planning ahead. Bev will also look at the supposed dichotomy between historical accuracy and ornamental value, and the possibilities when restoring plants. Some information on tools, tool maintenance, health and safety, ladders, attachment, wires and tying, will follow.

Bev Bond was born into two families of market gardeners; her father and both grandfathers grew vegetables and flowers for Covent Garden. She was educated at grammar school, then Braintree College, Shuttleworth Horticultural College and The Open University. After working some years in the family business, Bev moved to inspecting production of oats, fruits and nuts, throughout Europe, for a major food manufacturer, for 10 years. Then, during a decade employed as gardener, guide, and garden guardian in a historic garden, she further developed her pruning skills on large wisteria, climbing roses and so forth and began to branch out on her own.

For the past 23 years Bev has been self-employed as a horticultural gardener, and over the last 17, specialising in wisteria and rose contract pruning and training. She has been lecturing on garden history and presenting talks on gardens, and plants for over twenty years.

This is the last in a series of seven online talks on the theme “Roses from the Arctic to Australia” in partnership with the Gardens Trust, with an international slant. Each talk is a live online presentation, chaired by Maeve Heneke, Hon Sec of the HRG, with tickets available at £5 each of £28 for the entire series of seven evenings. Talks start at 6pm and last approx. one hour, with an extra half hour for audience questions to the speaker.

You can buy a ticket here for the entire course of seven sessions for £28.

Or buy a ticket for this individual lecture here for £5.