Saturday 7 November 2020 12:00noon-1:00pm
Follows the AGM, starting at 11:30am
Event now closed
Title Garden history in the making? The story of my garden.
Abstract My partner and I have had a house in France for around 25 years, and for the last 10 have lived there for about half the year. We moved house in 2006, buying a rambling ruin with mediaeval foundations, two overgrown fields and a lake.
Since then we have been designing, clearing and planting a garden of about five acres. Almost everything, apart from the hedging and some of the trees, is home grown from seed or cuttings, and this is the story of how it was done… and how our French friends, neighbours and the local press reacted! The garden was opened to the public for the first time in 2015.
Our Speaker After a career in teaching and ending up as a head teacher in inner London, Dr David Marsh took early retirement to go back into full-time education on his own account. He took a four-year diploma course in Garden History that led to an MA in Historical Research at Birkbeck College, University of London in 1999 and went straight on to do a PhD on The Gardens and Gardeners of Later Stuart London. David taught at Birkbeck in the Faculty of Continuing Education, on the history of London, and archival research. He now works with a small group of colleagues organizing and teaching courses about garden history at City Lit in central London and independently at the Institute of Historical Research.
David is a trustee of The Gardens Trust, co-chairs their education and events committee and writes a weekly blog for them which you can find at thegardenstrust.blog.