7th March 2017

Spectacular South Africa

Rosemary Legrand

A horticulturist and former nursery owner, I come from a horticultural family. My late father, George Hyde, was a hybridist of azaleas and rhododendrons.   He raised many award winning plants which can be seen at the Royal Horticultural Society’s gardens at Wisley, Surrey, the de Rothschild’s rhododendron gardens at Exbury, Hampshire, and the National Trust Gardens at Kingston Lacy in Dorset and Nymans, Sussex.

In 1996, I had the honour at Chelsea Flower Show of presenting H M The Queen with a collection of my late father’s azaleas named after Her Majesty’s former Head Gardener, Fred Nutbeam. In 2011 four of my father's homebush deciduous azalea hybrids, named after our four grandchildren, were launched on my behalf at Chelsea by David Millais of Millais Nurseries of Surrey.

I am on the RHS Speakers Register, a NAFAS Area Speaker and I have written a number of contributions for the book ‘1001 Gardens you must see before you die.’  Currently I am enjoying being a Guest Speaker for Noble Caledonia on several of their garden tours.

The Society meets at the Hull Royal Hotel, 170 Ferensway, Hull HU1 3UF

All lectures are presented in the Royal Suite and start at 7.30pm prompt.


Doors are normally open at 6.45pm but access may be delayed if lecture preparations are not complete.


The audience are requested to please be in their seats before 7.25pm

The Hull Literary & Philosophical Society is registered as a Charity No 507226