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Talks & Visits 2017-10-23T11:08:21+00:00

Contact details:   Richard Cain, Wern Rhos, Newchapel, BONCATH, Pembrokeshire SA37 0EN     

Tel: 01239 842260 or 07857 675312   or  Email: info@penlanperennials.co.uk

My speaking fee is variable, according to distance travelled, but starts at £50.  Travelling expenses are 30p per mile. Any distance considered, but overnight accommodation is required where an evening talk venue is more than 75 miles from my home. All equipment is provided.

Richard Cain is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and after a 25 year career as a teacher and school inspector in the UK and overseas, left education to develop a specialist Plant Nursery in West Wales. Penlan Perennials opened in 1999 and quickly established itself as a leader in the field of environmentally friendly, peat free plant production. The nursery sells through its online web shop, supplying enthusiastic gardeners, Botanic Gardens, the National Trust, Local Authorities, landscape and garden designers, as well as successfully exporting plants to over 35 countries. When he is not busy at the nursery Richard is a keen photographer and lectures and writes professionally on all aspects of horticulture.

TALKS FOR 2017-2018   To book a talk please telephone or email to check that a suitable date is available.  Please note that I shall be retiring on 30 September 2018 and will not be accepting talks after that date.

Hardy Geraniums          1hr 15mins           All Year
An illustrated talk on this popular genus of plants. Practical demonstration on methods of propagation and a digital presentation of many of the 150 varieties we sell. Plants used for demonstration purposes are available for sale at the end of the talk.

Colourful Shade          1hr 15mins           March to October
There can be more than green in a shade garden. This talk is illustrated with plants which can give colour throughout the year in shady areas. Plants used for demonstration purposes are available for sale at the end of the talk.

Hardy Plants for Wales          1hr 15 mins          All Year
Trees, Shrubs and Perennials that grow well in Wales. A digital presentation showing many well known and other rarer plants that thrive in a Welsh climate. Winter talks are a digital presentation.

Easy Plants for Difficult Places          1hr 15mins           All Year
What can you plants in those difficult places where nothing seems to grow? A variety of easy to grow plants for all the awkward places, wet moist areas, windy spots, dry shade, banks and frost pockets. Plants used for demonstration purposes are available for sale at the end of the talk in summer. Winter talks are a digital presentation.

Flora and Fauna of the Falkland Islands          1hr 15mins           All Year
An illustrated digital travelogue on the plants and animals of these wild and beautiful islands, off the South American coast. The speaker lived and worked there for seven years and spent much of his spare time photographing the flora and fauna.

The Eden Project & Gardens of Cornwall          1hr 15 mins          All Year
An illustrated talk on the development and construction of the Eden Project together with visits to ‘The Lost Gardens of Heligan’, ‘Trewithen’, ‘Trebah’ and other famous Cornish Gardens.

An Introduction to Ferns          1 hr 15mins          March to October
Using Ferns in the garden. A look at both common and unusual varieties of ferns, their complex sex lives, their versatility, likes and dislikes. Ferns used to illustrate the talk are available for sale at the end of the talk.

Aquatic, Bog and Waterside Plants          1 hr 15 mins         March to October
Plants for ponds, lakes and water features. A look at many of the plants suitable for planting up your pond, including water lilies, aquatics and marginals and those others which can enhance the surrounding area. Plants used for demonstration are available for sale at the end of the talk.

The Environmental Gardener          1hr 15 mins          All Year
During the last ten years there has been a move toward gardening styles that are sympathetic to nature rather than an attempt to dominate it! Gardening tips on how to create ecological harmony in your garden without artificial sprays, chemical fertilisers and slug pellets. A digital presentation.

Spring Woodland Perennials          1hr 15 mins          February to June
A digital presentation of woodland perennials from around the world. We look at the native and the exotic, all of which can be grown in our own gardens. Colour from January to the end of May for shady spots and woodland locations.

Wonderful Welsh Gardens          1hr 15 mins          All Year
A tour round some wonderful Welsh Gardens, both public and private, the length and breadth of Wales, illustrating the wide diversity of plants that can be grown in Wales.

The Plant Hunters          1hr 15 mins         All Year
We take it for granted we can pop down to a nursery or garden centre and buy whatever plant takes our fancy. This talk explores where our garden plants have come from and the brave men who brought them back to Britain from all round the world.

Architectural Plants          1 hour          All Year
A look at some bold plants for the garden, ranging from the exotic and half hardy, which thrive in milder coastal districts to Bamboos and Grasses as well as some hardy and reliable perennials.


We have a three acre garden at Wern Rhos, together with the nursery and art studio, and normally accept afternoon or evening visits in May and June.  We are usually able to combine a visit to another local garden or nursery and have an excellent pub in the village for meals should you require one.  Please contact us for further information.  Please note that 2018 will be the last year we will be accepting groups for garden visits.