Thursday Supper Talks

The Garden’s lecture series, Thursday Supper Talks, will feature a range of fascinating and intriguing speakers while also offering the  opportunity to enjoy a supper at the Tangerine Dream Café before or after each talk.

  • These events begin at 6 pm – giving you the time to arrive, claim your drink and wander in the Garden (or eat).
  • The actual talks begin at 7 pm and cost £17 including a glass of wine or soft drink of your choice as well as Garden entry.
  • This event takes place in our lecture room up some stairs with no alternative access. We apologise if this causes any inconvenience.
  • Supper: An additional £16.50 ( for a 5.45 pm or 8.30 pm sitting).
    Buffet includes mixed salads, meat or vegetable dishes and a delicious dessert. You can choose which sitting at the time of booking.

You can book on the individual event pages or at the bottom of this page.

Thursday Supper Talks Programme 2017:

September 21st, 6.00-8.15pm

‘It’s not all about the Flowers’  with Matthew Wilson
Join Matthew for his fascinating gardening talk on fabulous foliage for your garden. Includes great garden advice hints and tips. More information on this event.
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Matthew Wilson is best known as a regular on Radio Four’s Gardeners Question Time, and winning The People’s Choice award for his Chelsea Flower show garden 2016.

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October 5th, 6.00-8.15pm
‘How to Eat Better’ with James Wong – FULLY BOOKED
James will be talking about some of the revelations and discoveries featured in his new book which strips away the fad diets & superfood fixations to give you a straight-talking scientist’s guide to making everyday foods measurably healthier (and tastier) simply by changing the way you select, store and cook them. There will be a chance to purchase the book and have it signed by James too. More information on this event.
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James Wong is a Kew-trained botanist, science writer and broadcaster based in London, England. Graduating with a Master of Science degree in Ethnobotany in 2006, he has pursued his key research interests of under-utilised crop species, ethnopharmacology and traditional food systems through field work in rural Ecuador, Java and China.

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October 19th, 6.00-8.15
‘The Joys and Powers of Herbs’ with Judith Hann

Join Judith Hann to hear about her passion for growing and cooking with herbs. Although she is known as a science broadcaster, and as a respected presenter of Tomorrow’s World for 20 years, Judith has always been interested in food. Her real interest in using herbs started in the late 80s, while presenting the BBC series The Taste of Health, cooking with famous chefs like Raymond Blanc, Antonio Carluccio, Madhur Jaffrey and Claudia Roden.
Judith moved to the Cotswolds, created a herb garden with over 150 different culinary herbs, and soon found that they totally transform food. Judith’s new book Herbs: Delicious Recipes and Growing Tips to Transform Your Food takes you on a seasonal journey to discover the importance of herbs in the garden and kitchen and how they have taken over her life.


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November 2nd, 6.00-8.15pm
Grandma’s Herbal Remedies, Fact and Fiction – with Jekka McVicar

This entertaining illustrated talk will explain how herbs have been used throughout the ages , some with dire consequences, but many  have been, and  still are, of great benefit to man. ‘Plants can survive without us, we cannot survive without plants’.

Jekka McVicar is an organic gardening expert, author and broadcaster, particularly on the cultivation and use of herbs.
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December 7th, 6.00-8.15pm
‘Fashioned from Nature’ with Edwina Ehrman, Curator of Textiles and Fashion at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Drawing on research for the Victoria and Albert Museum’s forthcoming exhibition about the relationship between fashion and nature, curator Edwina Ehrman will discuss the role of several plants in clothing and decorating the body from flax,  cotton and pineapple fibre to rubber and vegetable ivory. The talk will explore the histories of these plants, their role in fashion and the social and environment impact of their use for clothing.Edwina Ehrman Edwina Ehrman is a Senior Exhibition Curator at the V&A and a specialist in 19th century fashion and the history of London fashion. She is the Curator of Fashioned from Nature which will open at the Museum in April 2018. Her previous exhibitions include Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear and Wedding Dresses 1775-2014. From 2009 – 2013 she was the lead curator for The Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion, the V&A’s fashion archive at Blythe House in West Kensington. Her publications include Undressed: a brief history of underwear (V&A Publications, 2016), London Couture 1923-1975: British Luxury (V&A Publications, 2015) of which she is co-editor and a contributor, and Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashions (V&A Publications 2011, 2014).


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