Matt Keightley on “The Chelsea Experience”

You may have looked out at your garden during the recent icy weather, and wondered whether anything will ever bloom again. The cold snap we had recently really looked like it might spell disaster for the lovely spring colour you can see in Dulwich. However, there are some gardening benefits to the colder weather.

show-gardens-at-rhs-chelsea-flower-show-2016-watahan-east-west-garden-G3NE5NFor the last decade, you may have noticed that spring flowers have come up over a relatively long period, lessening the impact of the traditional spring bloom. However, a prolonged cold period can have the effect of cooling the bulbs of snowdrops, daffodils and crocuses, causing them to flower at once in a riot of colour when the weather improves.

The cold weather also kills off many of the garden pests that thrive in Dulwich, such as aphids and whitefly. For advice on how to protect the parts of your garden that you would like to see next year, the RHS is a good source of information.

The main gardening benefit of this time of year though is to spend the dark chilly evenings, warm inside, poring over seed catalogues and dreaming of the long summer days in a garden filled with flowers and the buzzing of bumblebees.

The Dulwich Society is proud to announce a talk in March which will definitely provide gardening inspiration, by RHS Chelsea award winner Matt Keightley.


Matt was awarded a Silver Gilt Medal at the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show for his “Help for Heroes” Show Garden. Working with Prince Harry for his charity Sentabale, he was awarded a second Silver Gilt Medal at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show for his “Hope in Vulnerability” Show Garden. Matt also received the BBC People’s Choice Award for Best Show Garden for both gardens.

Matt’s talk will focus on “The Chelsea Experience”, telling us about his journey to Chelsea, getting show gardens just right, and life after Chelsea. After the talk, there will be the opportunity to meet Matt Keightley over a glass of wine.

Tickets are £8 each and can be purchased from Eventbrite or from Jeremy Prescott, 142 Court Lane, London SE21 7EB (cheques payable to “The Dulwich Society” and a stamped addressed envelope please). Non-members of the Dulwich Society are welcome.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Dulwich Society Spring Gardens Talk – Matt Keightley
Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 7.30pm
Lecture Theatre, Alleyn’s School, Townley Road, London SE22 8SU

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Hi, I’m Shapa Begum, Blog Editor. Born and raised in East Dulwich, I love what I do here at Dulwich OnView, I’m absolutely passionate about south London and reaching out to local communities – you can read about my favourite Dulwich spots on Time Out London and Completely London blog. My role goes beyond editing, I write, review, participate in conferences/events, attend local happenings and oversee the marketing. There’s no rest for the wicked! When not working, I love to read, write, visit museums and spend time with my loved ones.
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