TGT AGM & Conference

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The Gardens Trust welcomes you to our weekend conference in Oxford including visits to Oxford Botanic Garden, Christ Church and Worcester College gardens, Shotover and Nuneham Courtenay.

Please scroll down for the detailed programme and further information about ticket options. Places are limited so prompt booking is recommended.

The Conference opens on Friday afternoon with a guided tour of the Oxford Botanic Garden accompanied by a tasting of The Oxford Artisan Distillery’s Physic Garden gin and continues on Saturday with Christ Church and Worcester College’s private gardens (with a touch of both Alice in Wonderland and garden historian Mavis Batey), and our popular New Research Symposium, the AGM and the Conference dinner enlivened by Robin Lane Fox, the resident garden writer for the Saturday Financial Times. It ends on Sunday with Nuneham Courtenay’s iconic C18 landscape and the private gardens of Shotover Park House with its William Kent garden buildings. We are delighted to acknowledge, with grateful thanks, sponsorship for our exhibition and drinks reception on Friday evening from SDS Projects


Non-members are welcome to book any of the above options by selecting to pay the £50.00 non-members’ fee, which also gives one year’s membership of the Gardens Trust.

Twin room option: If booking this option, please advise us by email of the name of the person with whom you will be sharing (to assist with correct room allocation)

Please also advise us by email if you:

  1. Need a ground floor room or have any other disability requirements;
  2. Have any special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, vegan, gluten free etc.)
  3. Would like to have your County Gardens Trust affiliation on your Conference badge

Assisted places: We may be able to offer a very limited number of financially-assisted places for attendance at the Conference; please apply in person by email.

Email your information to The Gardens Trust and/or for further enquiries contact:

Virginia Hinze :

There will be no refunds; members are advised to take out appropriate travel insurance. We will operate a waiting list if the event is sold out before booking closes on 10 August

DETAILED PROGRAMME SUMMARY (may be subject to minor change)

Friday 6 September: Check in from 13.00 at Queens College porter’s lodge (High Street, OX1 4AW) from where you will be directed to the Tabarder’s room to register.

15.00 Meet at the entrance to the Oxford Botanic Garden (Rose Lane OX1 4AZ, opposite Magdalen College) for a guided tour and a tasting by the Oxford Artisan Distillery of their ’Physic Garden’ gin.

18.00: Drinks reception in The Queen’s College Magrath Room, Old Lodgings and Fellows’ private garden accompanied by an exhibition of Oxford college gardens’ historic archival material by SDS Projects, our sponsors.

19.30: informal buffet supper in The Queen’s College dining hall.

Saturday 7 September

9.00: Shulman Auditorium: Introductory talk by Toby Parker (archivist at Haileybury School) on Oxford’s college gardens and on his new research which references some of Mavis Batey’s work on the same subject.

10.00: A morning of gentle walks to Christ Church and Worcester Colleges via the Meadow, Broad Walk and back via High street, with a private guided tour of Christ Church gardens (including the rarely-open Deanery garden) with historic landscape consultant Sarah Couch and head gardener John James; Worcester College gardens with Toby Parker and (tbc) Worcester College’s archivist. Coffee to be bought as required en route.

13.00 Lunch back in The Queen’s College dining hall.

14.00 Shulman Auditorium: The New Research Symposium.

16.00 Tea and members’ registration for the AGM; all GT members are welcome to attend the AGM free of charge.

16.30 The Gardens Trust Annual General Meeting.

19.45 Conference dinner with wine in The Queen’s College dining hall with speaker Robin Lane Fox, Emeritus Fellow of New College Oxford and the Saturday Financial Times resident gardening columnist.

Sunday 8 September (check out for residents)

9.00: Coaches leave The Queen’s College (with delegates’ luggage) for Nuneham Courtenay.

9.30 Coffee and introduction to the estate from the new owners; self-guided walks to see William Mason’s iconic flower garden and the Palladian church and, via a private historic drive, to the Harcourt Arboretum. Its core Pinetum was laid out by W S Gilpin and it is now managed by the Oxford Botanic Garden.

12.00 Coaches leave Harcourt Arboretum for lunch at The Seven Stars, Marsh Baldon.

13.30 Coaches leave for a visit to Shotover Park House for a guided house tour and self –guided garden tour; this grade I house of 1715-20 was designed by William Townsend and its gardens with their surviving formal canal have two garden buildings by William Kent. Tea will be served during the visit.

16.15 Coaches leave Shotover to return to Oxford via Thornhill Park and Ride, The Queen’s College/central Oxford and the railway station.

To email your information to Conference organisers at The Gardens Trust and/or for further enquiries please contact Virginia Hinze:

Booking closes on 10 August



Twin and single rooms (all en-suite) are located in both The Queen’s College main quad building and the adjacent Carrodus Quad (in Queen’s Lane, out of the main College entrance and left along the High Street).Facilities include a lift (in Carrodus), a luggage store, full English breakfast, tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries and free Wi-Fi for conference delegates.

Please note that rooms will be held for the GT by The Queen’s College until Thursday 6 June 2019. After this date rooms may still be available but cannot be guaranteed. Conference booking closes on 10 August.

Additional nights: delegates wishing to stay in The Queen’s College on the nights of either Thursday 5 or Sunday 8 September (or both) should book directly with The Queen’s College: telephone Mrs Stephanie Wharf +44 (0)1865 279494 or and mention the GT Conference.

Please note that since booking opened, Queens College is now fully booked for the Thursday night (5th) before the conference so if you require accommodation for that night the College suggests either B & B/hotel or you could try a nearby college on University Rooms

Travel and Parking:

There is no parking on site or long-term in the City centre. Oxford City’s Park and Ride locations allow cars to be parked for up to 72 hrs/3 days. Thornhill OX3 8DP on the east side of Oxford is suggested as coaches will return via this location on Sunday. To park for up to 72 hrs (max allowed) the rate is £12.00, cash, card or on-line payment; bus journey into City centre is approx. 15 mins. For full conditions and services go to:

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Travel to and from Oxford: National Express coaches, buses and taxis stop immediately outside The Queen’s College. Oxford is served by GWR, the railway station is located in Park End Street OX1 1HS, walking distance to The Queen’s College is 1.5km/20 mins)