Zoom Lecture Season

Following quiet months enforced by lockdown, CGT is delighted to offer members and guests an opportunity to hear a series of excellent talks covering an eclectic mix of topics. These will be streamed live on-line using Zoom and details explaining how to install and operate Zoom can be found by clicking this link. An invitation mail will be sent out enabling you to participate from the comfort and bio-security of your own home. A brief calendar of talks follows below with links (where active) to further information on each lecture. We hope you will join us for these lectures, for which there is no charge, and that you will find them stimulating and enjoyable.

Date and timeSpeakerTitle
16 September 2020
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Sue Stuart-SmithGardening for the mind
15 October 2020
7:30pm-8:30pm
Margaret Helme
Inaugural Lecture
Tom WilliamsonNew light on Repton: unlocking a system of landscape design
7 November 2020
11:30am-1:00pm
(in AGM programme)
David MarshGarden history in the making? The story of my garden.
10 December 2020
11:00am-12:00am
Christmas Lecture
Gillian HovellHow Roman garden design changed gardens forever and provided the seeds for our modern garden design

ZOOM Talk: Sue Stuart-Smith

Wednesday 16 September 2020 7:30pm-8:30pm
This event has now passed. Please contact admin@cambridgeshiregardenstrust.org for access to the YouTube recording, available for two weeks from broadcast.

Title Gardening for the Mind

Abstract Combining contemporary neuroscience, psychoanalysis and compelling real-life stories, Sue Stuart-Smith will explain the remarkable effects that nature can have on our health and wellbeing and how vital gardening can be, both as an escape for the brain and to help our minds through movement as well as thought.

Our Speaker Sue Stuart-Smith is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author of The Well Gardened Mind, a Sunday Times bestseller. She studied English Literature at the University of Cambridge before qualifying as a doctor and working in the National Health Service for many years, becoming the lead clinician for psychotherapy in Hertfordshire. She currently teaches at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London and is a consultant at DocHealth, a not for profit, psychotherapeutic consultation service for doctors. She is married to Tom Stuart-Smith, the celebrated garden designer, and, over thirty years together, they have created the wonderful Barn Garden in Hertfordshire.

ZOOM Talk: Tom Williamson

Thursday 15 October 2020 7:30pm-8:30pm
The inaugural Margaret Helme Memorial Lecture
This event has now passed. Please contact admin@cambridgeshiregardenstrust.org for access to the YouTube recording, available for two weeks from broadcast.

Title New light on Repton: unlocking a system of landscape design

Abstract Humphry Repton is often characterized as a rather practical designer of gardens and parks, rather than as someone who thought in abstract terms about landscapes, or who developed any very rigorous and systematic approach to their creation or modification. But his overall approach to landscape was rooted in theory. His stated ambition was to ‘establish fixed principles in the art of laying out ground’. This lecture will explore those principles; how they operated in practice; and what they tell us about Repton and his world.

Our Speaker Tom Williamson is Professor of Landscape History at the University of East Anglia and has written extensively on landscape archaeology, environmental history, and the history of landscape design. His books on garden history include: Polite Landscapes: Gardens and Society in Eighteenth-Century England (1995); The Archaeology of the Landscape Park (1998); and Lancelot Brown and the Capability Men (2016). His latest book, Humphry Repton: Landscape Design in an Age of Revolution, will be published by Reaktion Books in October 2020.

Zoom Talk: David Marsh

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.

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Zoom Talk: Gillian Hovell

Thursday 10 December 2020 11:00am-12:00noon
CGT Christmas Lecture
Joining details will be sent out by invitation email nearer the time.
Zoom help can be found here.

Title How Roman garden design changed gardens forever and provided the seeds for our modern garden design

Abstract This engaging talk invites us to view our own modern gardens with fresh eyes. As we explore the Romans’ innovative attitudes to plants and landscapes, we discover how they created a new concept: town and country gardens! The surprising tales behind the plants they grew – as well as the how and why – add colour and life to plants we still grow today. Indeed, what the Romans used as herbal medicines, ceremonial and religious decoration, and what they enjoyed as tasty treats might be a little startling. Add to the blossoming mix, vistas, garden features and sculptural highlights and you have the beginnings of our stately home gardens. But, 2,000 years ago, they were all carefully selected for very special reasons; their private and public green spaces were fruitful in meaning and messages.  Decipher them with Gillian Hovell, the ‘Muddy Archaeologist’, and your own garden – its plants and features – will never look the same again.

Our Speaker After graduating in Latin and Ancient History from Exeter University, Gillian Hovell worked in BBC Television and went on to become an award-winning freelance writer and archaeologist, excavating local and international archaeological sites (including Roman Pompeian Oplontis and Neolithic Ness of Brodgar on Orkney). Gillian’s passion is to add colour and depth to our lives today by sharing the astonishing  ancient world in person, in publications, in the field and on line. She lectures on the ancient world and its archaeology nationally and internationally, as well as lecturing for York University and the British Museum. She has lectured on tours from Neolithic Orkney to the Eastern Mediterranean and covered all the civilisations of the Ancient Mediterranean. Her newly founded ‘Muddy Archaeologist Online Courses’ provide and share a friendly and vividly accessible sense of time and place.

Social Evening at Madingley Hall

The sun-drenched terrace at Madingley Hall

You are warmly invited to join the Council of Management from 6:30pm on Thursday 3 September 2020 for an informal light buffet, on the beautiful terrace at Madingley Hall CB23 8AQ, to celebrate the contributions made to CGT by founder members

Richard Gant and Philip Whaites.

The gardens will be open before and after the buffet until dusk. The cost to members and guests is £10.00 but places are limited owing to CV-19 security and must be reserved by 26 August. In the event of rain, the event will be held in the elegant and airy Hickson Room. Members are advised to bring facemasks to comply with etiquette if the event takes place indoors. Social distancing will also be observed in the gardens and on the terrace, and hand sanitisers will be provided. See Programme for booking details.

Event Now Closed

Euston Hall Visit Confirmed

Image of Euston Hall gardens courtesy of Euston Hall website.

EVENT NOW CLOSED

We’re delighted to confirm that bookings are available for a self-guided visit to Euston Hall, Thetford, Suffolk IP24 2QH on Tuesday 25 August. The Palladian house and tearoom are closed but picnics are welcome in the landscaped gardens, ancient broadleaf woodland and pleasure grounds, laid out by John Evelyn and extended by William Kent and ‘Capability’ Brown. Meet (with social distancing) at any time between 11:00am and 2:00pm for a self-guided tour of the grounds. Members and guests £8; proceeds to benefit local charities. Booking deadline: Monday 17 August. Please click on the Programme page for details on how to make a booking. We hope to see you there!

Study Day 2020

The new garden at Schlumberger Cambridge, with the Michael Hopkins building behind.

Saturday 7 March 2020, at Hemingford Abbots Village Hall, 10:00am-4:00pm (Event now closed)

How Green Was My City

Our theme, paraphrasing Richard Llewellyn, examines the role, effectiveness and sustainability of green ‘lungs’ in an urban context. We are sure you will enjoy lively discussion with our eminent speakers and relax over a hearty lunch with speakers, members and guests. Full details may be downloaded by clicking here.

Programme

Dr Twigs Way

Dr David Brown
Prof Nigel Dunnett

Prof Sir Roderick Floud

Dr Simon Bittleston and
Bridget Flanagan

Who that has reason, and his smell;
Would not among roses and jasmine dwell?
Making place: Vision Park and elsewhere
Going beyond the garden: low-input,
high-impact urban landscapes
Palaces, parks, cemeteries and villas:
the cost of urban gardens
Case study: a new garden for Schlumberger

Members £25, Non-members £30, to include coffee and 2-course lunch

To register, please send a cheque payable to Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust to: Alan Brown, Foxhollow, 239 High Street, Offord Cluny, St. Neots PE19 5RT. Tel.: 01480 811947. E-mail: fox.239@btinternet.com. Or pay by BACS to Cambs. Gardens Trust,
sort code 20-29-68, a/c 30347639, quoting your name as reference, and email or telephone Alan to say you have paid by BACS.

Margaret Helme Legacy

We are sadly missing one of our longest-standing members since Margaret Helme passed away in June 2018, a well liked member and a firm CGT supporter. Charles Malyon recalls that Margaret ‘was a very generous, loyal, warm-hearted and supportive member of our Trust. A regular at so many visits, when good friendships have been made over these past 20 years, her absence always produced the question, “Where’s Margaret?” Regular attenders at our visits will miss the presence of such a cheerful, good-humoured and much-loved member.’ Margaret very generously left a legacy to the CGT and after a period of consultation and discussion, the Council of Management has decided to use the legacy to found an annual memorial lecture in her name; watch out for further news.

Christmas Lecture 2019

The cover of Kate Felus’ book, depicting the Secret Life of the Georgian Garden
Recommended parking for CGT Christmas Lecture is in Madingley Park and Ride, a 5-minute walk from Storey’s Field Centre.

Tuesday 3 December 2019 from 10:30am-12:30pm (Event now closed)

The Secret Life of the Georgian Garden

The CGT Christmas Lecture for 2019 will be given by Dr Kate Felus. Dr Felus is a garden historian and historic landscape consultant. She researches designed landscapes of all periods, but specialises particularly in 18th and early 19th century parks and gardens.

The lecture is at Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington Avenue, Cambridge CB3 1AA.
Recommended parking is in the Madingley Park & Ride, which is a 5-minute walk from Storey’s Field Centre. Click here to download a flyer with full details.
Entry £12.50 members, £15 guests, to include coffee and seasonal refreshments.

To register, please send a cheque payable to Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust to: Alan Brown, Foxhollow, 239 High Street, Offord Cluny, St. Neots PE19 5RT. Tel.: 01480 811947. E-mail: fox.239@btinternet.com. Or pay by BACS to Cambs. Gardens Trust,
sort code 20-29-68, a/c 30347639, quoting your name as reference, and email or telephone Alan to say you have paid by BACS.