ZOOM Event: Gardeners’ Question Time

Thursday 14 January 2021 7:30pm-8:30pm
An informal evening to pick the gardening brains of our new Life Members
Please send your queries in advance to admin@cambridgeshiregardenstrust.org.uk
This event has now passed but you can download the list of species
suggested by Philip and Richard from here

Title Gardeners’ Question Time

Summary Philip Whaites (left) and Richard Gant (right) have kindly offered to share the benefits of their experience as Head Gardeners at two of our most important Brown landscapes at Wimpole Hall and Madingley Hall respectively. Do you have a question that you would like to put to them? It doesn’t matter whether you want to know the best planting scheme for ornamental urns, or how to deal with thugs in your backyard – this is your chance to challenge the experts! Please send your query by email, prior to the event, to admin@cambridgeshiregardenstrust.org.uk You will be invited by our compere and chair, Liz Whittle, to put your question to our illustrious panel on the evening.

Our Panellists Having started out as a motor engineer, Philip Whaites began his gardening career in 1972, attending Lancashire College of Agriculture while working in a local parks department. He joined the National Trust as Gardener in Charge at Gawthorpe Hall and restored part of the gardens, designed by Sir Charles Barry. Philip joined Wimpole Hall as Assistant Gardener in August 1981 and became Head Gardener in 1987. Since then Philip has recreated many of Wimpole’s features, enabled by successful funding applications and many volunteers. Now retired, Philip is a volunteer gardener at The Susan Countess of Hardwick Almshouses and a Trustee of Ramsey Walled Garden. He is also collection coordinator for Cambridgeshire at Plant Heritage.

Richard Gant joined the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education at Madingley Hall in 1988 and, as a formidable plantsman and all round horticulturalist, he has overseen many changes and developments to the garden since then. The glory and beauty of the garden is testament to his hard work and dedication over the years, which have seen Madingley Hall host a number of CGT events, including the 2020 social evening in September. Both Richard’s and Philip’s contributions to their landscapes and their support for CGT over the years were recognised through the award of CGT Life Membership to each of them.

Further biographical details on our panellists can be found in the November 2020 newsletter on pp3-4.

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