Events From Previous Years

This is our archive of past events, many with links to other sites.

Programme of Visits & Events 2020


Wednesday 16 September 2020
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Event now closed
Zoom lecture: Dr Sue Stuart-Smith will present ‘Gardening for the Mind’. Combining contemporary neuroscience, psychoanalysis and compelling real-life stories, Sue 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. Sue currently teaches at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London and, with husband Tom, has created the wonderful Barn Garden in Hertfordshire.

Wednesday 30 September 2020
Self-guided visit from 2:00pm
Event now closed
Visit to The Gibberd Garden, Marsh Lane, Harlow, Essex CM17 0NA. Created by Sir Frederick Gibberd, master-planner of Harlow New Town, between 1957 and 1984. Streams, pools, glades, lime avenue, wild garden, moated castle – fulfilling his ambition to create a work of art. Gardens now open 2:00pm-5:00pm for self-guided visits only. Tea and cake to take away. NB the Henry Moore Studios and Gardens are 8.3 miles away at Perry Green, Much Hadham SG10 6EE (online booking required).

Thursday 15 October 2020
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Event now closed
Zoom lecture: Prof. Tom Williamson will present the inaugural Margaret Helme Memorial Lecture using material from his new book on Repton, one of England’s most prolific landscape designers. Renowned for his innovative work and distinctive ‘before and after’ images, captured in his famous ‘Red Books’, Repton’s astonishing career forms the link between the simple parklands of his predecessor ‘Capability’ Brown and the more elaborate, structured and formal landscapes of the Victorian age. Drawing on a wealth of new research, Tom reinterprets Repton’s life, working methods and designs, and why they were so popular in a rapidly changing world.

Saturday 7 November 2020
12:00noon – 1:00pm
(following AGM starting at 11:30am)
Event now closed
Zoom lecture: Dr David Marsh, garden historian, will present the guest lecture during the Annual General Meeting. David’s talk will share the joys (and problems) of creating his own five-acre garden in France, a project that he and his partner have undertaken over the past 15 years. 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 French friends, neighbours and the local press reacted! The garden was opened to the public for the first time in 2015.

Thursday 10 December 2020
11:00am – 12:00noon
Event now closed
Zoom Christmas lecture: Gillian Hovell graduated in Latin and Ancient History from Exeter and spent several years at the BBC in a wide variety of programmes. She then moved to North Yorkshire where practising and communicating archaeology became her new career. Her persona as the ‘Muddy Archaeologist’ sums up her hands-on enthusiasm for the subject and her zest in presenting it. In our Christmas Lecture she explores what Romans did in their gardens, what they did for British horticulture and their impact on modern garden design.

EVENT POSTPONED
Visit to Newnham College, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DF. Herbaceous borders, sunken rose garden, woodland nutwalk, knot garden, wildflower garden. Meet in the Iris Cafe of the college at 11:00am for own selection of tea/coffee etc, ready for a guided tour of the gardens by the Head Gardener at 11.30am. Further details to follow.

EVENT POSTPONED
Visit to Moggerhanger Park, Park Road, Moggerhanger, Bedford MK44 3RW. Tour of Soane house and of 33 acres of parkland and woodland, originally landscaped by Repton and extensively restored, with Head Gardener Tim Kirk. Details to follow.

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