A few Horticultural Events to think about in Nov–Dec ’23

As we’re approaching the end of the year, I thought it might be beneficial to share some upcoming events to add to the Horticultural calendar.

We’ve of course just past one of the most influential events to us gardeners at this time of year… The clocks have gone back! The days are getting shorter, the nights are drawing in… Despite this, there still seems to be a few important events going on across the country which I think our fellow PGG members might find interesting. 

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A PGG tree event

First, the PGG is once again holding the ‘Management of mature and ancient trees in the landscape’ workshop with Head Forester Pete Glassey in Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire on November the 11th. The workshop was postponed last year alas, and the opportunity has come around again for our PGG members to get some fascinating insight. You can book online by following this link :  https://www.pgg.org.uk/event/management-mature-ancient-trees-landscape/ 


The 2023 Historic Houses National AGM will mark the start of their 50th anniversary celebrations this year. Established as an association in 1973, Historic Houses plans to kick start a year-long programme of anniversary-themed celebrations and events at their AGM held alongside The Historic Buildings Parks & Gardens Event (14th November). This important event will be held at The QEII Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London. Entrance to the event is free of charge. Worth a visit! Especially considering we’ll be having a PGG stall there!


Grow Careers Scotland is back for 2023. It’ll be taking place both online and at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh on Wednesday 15th November. The day of seminars by a range of horticulturists covers a broad range of topical subjects. The event is aimed at anybody who is interested in a career, or further developing their career in horticulture. The PGG will also have a stall at this event! https://www.horticulture.org.uk/events/grow-careers-scotland-3/ 

Also, on the topic of careers, from the 6th of Nov until the 11th of Nov is green careers week. Green career week promotes real opportunities for young people to have a green career that will genuinely make a difference. www.greencareersweek.com 


An event that I think resonates with all of us who are passionate about sustainability in Horticulture is the RHS transition to peat-free and sustainable growing conference. It is being held at Lindley Hall on the 20th of November. The conference is free to attend, but limited to 200 places, and those places will be prioritised for growers looking to make the transition to peat free. 


Although it’s too soon to be talking about Christmas, it’s worth mentioning that some of the larger gardens are currently transforming themselves for nighttime light displays to encourage Winter visits. The lost Gardens of Heligan are running their nighttime displays from the 17th of Nov; Chatworth is holding it’s Christmas in the garden displays until the 7th of Jan; Blenheim Palace will be holding their Christmas light trail from the 17th of November; and various RHS gardens will all be hosting RHS Glow nighttime displays from mid-November onwards. 

Hope the PGG members will find this useful and look forward to seeing you at some of the events! Please do get in touch with me if you ever have any stories you’d like to share in the newsletter.

Best wishes, 

Jack Llewellyn BSc(Hons) Horticulture 



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