Spring Seminar 2022

                                              Thursday 24th March

                                          The Mariners Hall, Beer

                                            10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

.                                                                 Programme for the Day

                                    10:00     Coffee, Welcome & introductions

                                    10:15   “Gardening for the Neuro-Disabled.” A Journey            Josephine Spring

                                     11.00   Comfort break

                                     11.15   "Grey to Green - Making your Community Bloom"    Saul Walker

                                     12:30   Lunch in the Dolphin Hotel  Bar Available

                                     14.00   "It could only happen to a Bloom judge"                     Rae Beckwith

                                     15.00    Comfort Break

                                     15.15   2021 Pride in Parks Awards

                                     15.45  Question Time& Closing remarks

                                     Download a Seminar Booking form HERE

                                   Cost £20.00 per delegate.  Return to our home page Here

                              We have a very good programme for this years now Summer Seminar.


Saul Walker

I was born and lived a significant proportion my life in Plymouth, Devon and became besotted with plants and gardens in my teens.

After a short stint as an Archaeologist, I joined the National Trust at Antony House, nr Torpoint, as an apprentice sponsored by the live-in family, the Carew-Poles, finally working there for many years before being accepted to study and work at RBG, Kew where I fulfilled a life-long ambition and gained much experience in the world of Horticulture both within the gardens and abroad. 

After my time at Kew, I took a small detour from practical gardening to join the RHS as a Show Manager, firstly at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and then the Chelsea Flower show, commissioning and managing exhibits, gardens, and the floral marquee (among many other duties!).

However, the pull back to my native Devon was too great, as I moved back 7 years ago and started my current employment as Head Gardener of the 12-acre private pleasure garden at Stonelands House on the outskirts of Dawlish.

I also sit on the Trustee board of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, the Garden House, nr. Yelverton and the Devon Gardens Trust.

I am a member of the RHS Tender Plant Committee, a British Orchid Council judge and host a regular gardening podcast called Talking Heads with fellow Head Gardener Lucy Chamberlain

Rae Beckwith


Rae first began Judging when he was 13 years old and has judged something every year since..

He first became involved in RHS Britain in Bloom 41 years ago and has enjoyed the involvement and friendship every year since.

He currently judges both RHS Britain in Bloom and Shows and is a member of Council for the North of England Horticultural Society and is a past Chair of the Guild of Horticultural Judges.





Jose Spring

Josephine Spring read Nutrition at Queen Elizabeth College, University of London and did research in    Government and Industry interspersed with Research Management. To update her scientific knowledge, she studied Horticulture at the University of Reading. At the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, London, she undertook research into horticultural therapy for Fellowship to study garden therapy for neuro-disability in Scandinavia, applied the findings, upgrading the garden in London and auditing it for effectiveness. 

She is retired, assesses for South West in Bloom and promotes gardening for the disabled.