Britain has a rich history of landscapes from the earliest period of the industrial revolution to the 21st century. Our talks this year will provide an opportunity to gain an insight into some of these gems.
Tuesday 5 December 2017. Talk. Kitty Lloyd-Jones – Pioneering Horticulturist. Alison Hodge, a member of WGT and a guide at both Upton House and Farnborough will outline the history of the gardens at Upton, demonstrating the legacy left by previous owners with a particular focus on the impact of Kitty Lloyd-Jones’s designs from the 1930’s. These were commissioned Lady Bearstead and the surviving correspondence demonstrates the close links between the two women. Kitty Lloyd-Jones was an early pioneer of female garden designers and successfully created several major gardens in both England and France.
Join us for a Christmas mince pie and a glass of non-alcoholic punch!
Thursday 25 January 2018. Talk. Tech Nirvana. Dr Helena Chance. This is the second of Helena’s talks on the theme of ‘The Factory in a Garden’. Having traced the development of factory gardens up to their zenith in the 1930’s, this second talk will develop the theme from the 1950’s through to the digital age and the rise of Tech Nirvana’. Why gardens at the office are good for you examines the rise of campus style landscapes favoured by tech companies such as Google and how they have reshaped the corporate environment in the 21st Century.
Tuesday 6 February, 2018. Talk. ‘Chinese’ Wilson. Simon Gulliver. Formerly the Plant Collections Manager at Birmingham Botanical Gardens and now a garden consultant to the NT. Simon has researched the early career of Ernest Henry Wilson in the Birmingham area, together with his expeditions to China on behalf of James Veitch & Son and his later work for the Arnold Arboretum in the US for whom he also collected in China. Simon, who is a WGT member, has used Wilson’s letters and journals to provide an insight in to the character and motivation of a man who is credited with the introduction of about two thousand plant species from Asia, some sixty of which bear his name today.
Tuesday 6 March, 2018. Talk. Archaeology & Garden Restoration. Dr. Stephen Wass. A return visit by archaeologist, Stephen Wass, who has been running his own project into the science of Jacobean gardens with the University of Oxford and has also been undertaking work for the National Trust in a four year programme to repair the dam at Packwood House. As part of this he has been studying the layout of the early water gardens there and is able to share some of the conclusions of his research. He will also be referring in his talk to recent work done at Croome and Ragley. The talk will provide a fascinating insight into how archaeology intersects with the essential repairs and restoration that goes on in our historic gardens.
Wednesday 25 April 2018. Packwood. Following his March talk, Stephen Wass will take us round the park and gardens at Packwood to show us some of his conclusions regarding the early water gardens there. Booking form
Wednesday 16 May. Stoneleigh and Humphry Repton. Study Day. Leamington Spa/Stoneleigh. Cost around £45. More information soon. Limited places; please send early expressions of interest to email@example.com.