Events From Previous Years

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

Programme of Visits & Events 2021


Thursday 14 January 2021
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Event now closed
but you can download the list of species suggested by Philip and Richard here.
Zoom event: Philip Whaites and Richard Gant form the panel for an entertaining Gardeners’ Question Time, moderated by CGT Chair Liz Whittle. Bringing years of experience from their delightful estates at Wimpole Hall and Madingley Hall respectively, Philip and Richard will do their best to address your questions on any aspect of gardening. Please send your queries, with pictures if appropriate, to the usual admin email address. More…

Tuesday 23 February 2021
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Event now closed
Zoom talk: we are delighted to welcome back Dr Twigs Way, former CGT Chair and well-known writer, presenter and garden historian, to present her talk Ruins in the Landscape. Twigs advises owners of historic landscapes and works closely with stakeholders like Natural England and Historic England. Her talk will bring out the romance of gardens built around antiquarian sites and ruins in general.
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Cattle in the Ouse by Michael Monk
Wednesday 17 March 2021
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Event now closed
but you can download selected images and links from Alan’s talk here.
Zoom talk: while the pandemic may have temporarily slowed the pace of development, Cambridgeshire’s green spaces are increasingly pressured by the consequences of economic growth. There is likely to be more demand for CGT involvement in local planning decisions and so we have invited Alan James, Chair of the local branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England to give us his thoughts on Climate, environmental and planning challenges to our gardens and parklands.

Watermill at Euston Hall
Thursday 29 April 2021
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Event now closed
but access to a recording of the talk is available on application: click here
Zoom talk: longstanding CGT members Pippa and Steve Temple will jointly deliver a presentation topically entitled From one great plague to another – the history of the superb Euston Hall garden. The talk will include aspects of the hydrological engineering at Euston Hall and will surely whet our appetites for a possible return visit to Euston Hall later in the year.

Cosmic Speculation
Thursday 20 May 2021
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Event now closed
but access to a recording of the talk is available on application: click here
Zoom talk: CGT member Alison Moller will explore the background, influences and meaning of The Garden of Cosmic Speculation in southern Scotland. This important 20th/21st century garden is private and open to the public for only one day a year, but Alison was given rare access to explore it with her husband who took the photographs that illustrate this talk.
St Pauls Walden Bury garden
St Paul’s Walden Bury garden
Thursday 15 July 2021
10:45am for 11:00am start
Event now closed
Updated Visit to St Paul’s Walden Bury, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 8BP. Early 18C, Grade I listed garden with formal woodland, temples, statues, ponds, rhododendrons, magnolias and azaleas. Please meet outside main door to the house for refreshments on arrival at 11:00am, followed by an introduction to the garden and self-guided exploration of the grounds; cost £7.50, with maximum of 25 people. Sadly, no house tour is possible because of continued restrictions.

Prof. Beverley Glover, CGT patron
Thursday 23 September 2021
Event now closed
Social event and lecture at Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington Avenue, Cambridge CB3 1AA. Come and meet CGT members and guests over drinks and canapes (cash bar available). Trust Chair Liz Whittle, will update us on new CGT initiatives and introduce the evening’s speaker, CGT patron Prof. Beverley Glover, who will present The Cambridge Botanic Garden’s unique role in addressing global challenges. Tickets £8 members, £10 guests.

Tim Richardson
Thursday 21 October 2021
Event now closed
Zoom talk: CGT is delighted to welcome Tim Richardson who is our 2021 Margaret Helme Memorial Lecturer. Tim will talk about Cambridge College Gardens, drawing upon material from his recent book. The talk is free to CGT members; guest registration is £5. Further information at this link.

Glorious Fynbos flowers
Saturday 6 November 2021
Event now closed
Live talk: Following the AGM, we have a special lecture from CGT patron, Prof. John Parker, who will stimulate our desire to get back onto long-haul flights with Botanic Gardens of the Western Cape. Here 9,000 species, mostly endemic, are crowded into an area slightly larger than Scotland, displaying the richest flower show on earth. Further information at this link.

Gin Warren
Thursday 18 November 2021
Event now closed
Zoom talk: CGT member Gin Warren will present a talk: Ghastly Churchyards and Brave Men. The talk is free to members of CGT and Norfolk Gardens Trust. Further information at this link.

Kim Wilkie
Wednesday 8 December 2021
Event now closed
Live talk: The CGT Christmas Lecture will be given by Kim Wilkie, who will will reveal the deep surgery needed to restore the wonderful Garden Ghosts at Villa La Pietra, Florence. The talk will start at about 11:45am, after seasonal refreshments from 11:00am. Members £12.50; guests £15. Maximum numbers are 40, so please email admin by 1 December and preferably pay by BACS (see below), or by cash/cheque on the day. Further information at this link.

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.

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