The price of the conference is only £25, since you can bring your own lunch or buy something in one of the many eateries within a short distance.  Oxford is very easy (and cheap) to reach by train or coach from most of the country, and there are convenient park and Ride facilities for motorists.

Booking is now OPEN for the conference.  Please use our booking form here.  You can download the programme here.
The transport recommendations, maps, eateries and picnic sites are available here.
Programme

10.00  Registration and coffee

10.25 Welcome and introduction from Steve Head
What are meadows? What are they not? Touching on perennial meadows (incl. water meadows), cornfield annuals, prairie style ‘meadows’ and other terms.

10.45 Jenny Steel, Ecologist and Wildlife Gardening Writer
Options for gardeners depending on resources and maintenance; from flowering lawns and mini-meadows to full sized meadows. What wildlife can you expect to attract?

11.30 Coffee

11.50 Stuart Ball, John Chambers Seeds
Wildflower seed mix choices, esp. mixes to attract wildlife. Cover specific flower species and suitability for different soils/sites. Site prep and maintenance.

12.15 James Hewetson-Brown, Wildflower Turf Ltd
Alternatives to conventional establishment techniques, incl. wildflower turf and wildflower earth.

12.40 ‘Troubleshooting’ panel session from all speakers.
Opportunity to chat with speakers and purchase books, seeds, etc in Auditorium Foyer.

13.00 Lunch (we will have to vacate the auditorium so travel light)

14.30 Group A – Meet with Helen Bostock at entrance to Oxford Botanic Gardens
14.45 Group B – Meet with Marc Carlton at entrance to Oxford Botanic Gardens
15.00 Group C – Meet with Adrian Thomas at entrance to Oxford Botanic Gardens
A brief talk will be given to each group by Steve Head on the prairie-style Merton Borders. Delegates are then free to look around the Botanic Gardens or go into the Magdalen gardens.

15.30 Close
Wildflower meadows in theory and practice

Wildlife Gardening Forum Conference   22nd June 2017   Magdalen College Oxford

This conference is about a very popular wildlife gardening concept - the "Wildflower meadow".  Many people would love to create a small patch of flower-rich grassland in their garden, but achieving this isn't at all easy.  In the morning we will hear about the nature of meadows, and different ways of achieving a great result, from some of the country's top practitioners.

There will be a substantial Q and A session in which you can ask for guidance on particular issues, or tell us of your personal experience.

In the afternoon we will be visiting the Oxford University Botanic Garden, the oldest in Britain, and one of the most remakable collections of plants you could see anywhere, including hot-houses and the National Collection of Euphorbia.  In particular, we will be looking at the Merton Beds, an extraordinary modern "Prairie" planting of drought-resistant perennials from three biogeographic provinces, which give a new twist to pollinator-friendly "wildflower areas".


Wildflower meadows in theory and practice

Wildlife Gardening Forum Conference   22nd June 2017   Magdalen College Oxford

This conference is about a very popular wildlife gardening concept - the "Wildflower meadow".  Many people would love to create a small patch of flower-rich grassland in their garden, but achieving this isn't at all easy.  In the morning we will hear about the nature of meadows, and different ways of achieving a great result, from some of the country's top practitioners.
There will be a substantial Q and A session in which you can ask for guidance on particular issues, or tell us of your personal experience.

In the afternoon we will be visiting the Oxford University Botanic Garden, the oldest in Britain, and one of the most remakable collections of plants you could see anywhere, including hot-houses and the National Collection of Euphorbia.  In particular, we will be looking at the Merton Beds, an extraordinary modern "Prairie" planting of drought-resistant perennials from three biogeographic provinces, which give a new twist to pollinator-friendly "wildflower areas".


The price of the conference is only £25, since you can bring your own lunch or buy something in one of the many eateries within a short distance.  Oxford is very easy (and cheap) to reach by train or coach from most of the country, and there are convenient park and Ride facilities for motorists.

Booking is now OPEN for the conference.  Please use our booking form here.  You can download the programme hereThe transport recommendations, maps, eateries and picnic sites are available here.

Programme

  9.30 on  Registration and coffee

10.25 Welcome and introduction from Steve Head
What are meadows? What are they not? Touching on perennial meadows (incl. water meadows), cornfield annuals, prairie style ‘meadows’ and other terms.

10.45 Jenny Steel, Ecologist and Wildlife Gardening Writer        
Options for gardeners depending on resources and maintenance; from flowering lawns and mini-meadows to full sized meadows. What wildlife can you expect to attract?

11.30 Coffee

11.50 Stuart Ball, John Chambers Seeds
Wildflower seed mix choices, esp. mixes to attract wildlife. Cover   specific flower species and suitability for different soils/sites. Site         prep and maintenance.

12.15 James Hewetson-Brown, Wildflower Turf Ltd
Alternatives to conventional establishment techniques, incl. wildflower turf and wildflower earth.

12.40 ‘Troubleshooting’ panel session from all speakers.
Opportunity to chat with speakers and purchase books, seeds, etc in Auditorium Foyer.

13.00 Lunch (we will have to vacate the auditorium so travel light)

14.30 Group A – Meet with Helen Bostock at entrance to Botanic Gardens
14.45 Group B – Meet with Marc Carlton at entrance to Botanic Gardens
15.00 Group C – Meet with Adrian Thomas at entrance to Botanic Gardens

A brief talk will be given to each group by Steve Head on the prairie-style Merton Borders. Delegates are then free to look around the Botanic Gardens or go into the Magdalen gardens.

15.30 Close
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Magdalen College and the famous deer herd on the fritillary-rich water meadows. Unfortunately the college grounds will not be open on the day of the conference.
Magdalen College and the famous deer herd on the fritillary-rich water meadows. Unfortunately the college grounds will not be open on the day of the conference.