Dorset community groups have until 31 August to apply to host the 2020 free Knoll Gardens Foundation Annual Community Lecture. The Foundation is a Wimborne-based horticultural charity that researches the benefits of the naturalistic style of sustainable wildlife-friendly gardening, and provides practical advice on how to garden responsibly without sacrificing beauty.
Any local group whose members have an interest in gardens, conservation and wildlife can apply to host the free lecture which will be delivered by internationally acknowledged horticultural expert Neil Lucas.
Neil Lucas is in great demand as an entertaining and knowledgeable speaker. The UK’s leading ornamental grass specialist, he is also owner of Knoll Gardens, holds ten Chelsea Gold Medals, is the author of the best-selling book ‘Designing with Grasses’ and has been a Council Member at the RHS since 2012. His lectures normally cost over £500 plus expenses, but the Knoll Gardens Foundation Annual Community Lecture is offered completely free of charge, to a selected community organisation able to provide a venue, audience and projector screen.
Interested organisations or groups are invited to complete a short application form and choose from one of three lecture topics. The lecture will be presented free-of-charge, to one organisation selected by Knoll Gardens Foundation trustees.
Next year’s community lecture will be the second offered by the Foundation. The inaugural lecture, hosted by the Wimborne branch of the Dorset Wildlife Trust took place at the Allendale Centre in Wimborne, attracting an audience of around 150.
More information and an application form are available on the Knoll Gardens Foundation website www.knollgardensfoundation.org