Garden Visits and Talks

In summer 2020 it has not been possible to organise our normal programme of visits because of the spread of coronavirus and the  resulting restrictions, particularly on group visits. However the team is hoping to be in a position to start visits once again in the summer of 2021, restrictions permitting.  

As well as the garden visits, a series of talks have been held each year over the winter months. At the moment we will not be able to have talks in village halls but we can provide online talks. We are very pleased to provide details of our programme for this coming winter, starting on 9th November, as follows:

Monday 9th November,  David Cash, An Architect’s Dozen

Monday 23rd November Ed Bennis: A Factory Garden

Monday 11th January Simon Gulliver, John Claudius Loudon, botanist and garden designer, and his wife Jane Webb 

Monday  22nd February Martin Fish, Behind the scenes as a RHS Judge at Chelsea and other important garden shows 

Monday 15th March, Margie Hoffnung, The Gardens Trust's work and its on-going development 

All these talks are free and will be held virtually through the medium of Zoom, starting at 2pm and lasting for about an hour and half.  

If you would like to attend one or more of these talks, please email us at or use the link on the CONTACT US tab. Please indicate which events you wish to attend and you will be sent the zoom link in advance of the appropriate meeting. We look forward to hearing from you. 

With all best wishes from The Events Team

Monday 11th January, 2pm
John Claudius Loudon and his wife, Jane Webb Talk by Simon Gulliver 11th January

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Online via Zoom

Following Simon’s excellent talk on Ernest Wilson in spring of 2019, Simon was due to return to share his enthusiasm for a Victorian gardening double act of a lady gardener and science fiction novelist and her Scottish landscape gardening husband. Unfortunately this talk scheduled in March had to be cancelled due to COVID and the resulting lockdown. We are pleased, however, that Simon is willing to deliver this talk virtually.

Loudon designed Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and Derby Arboretum the first public park and published the first gardening periodical. He was influential in many ways and established the accepted norm of modern gardening. Jane continued his publishing enterprise, wrote the first book for lady gardeners and began the tradition of influential women gardeners.
Cost: Free
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Monday 22nd February, 2pm
Martin Fish, Behind the scenes as an RHS Judge at Chelsea and other important garden shows

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Online via Zoom

Martin Fish has worked in horticulture for over 40 years and shares his broad gardening knowledge through TV, radio, writing and talks. He sits on RHS committees and is an advisor at Harlow Carr.
As an experienced accredited RHS judge, Martin can be found at most of the RHS shows.  He is going to share his enjoyment of this and tell us about the process of judging both nursery exhibits and show gardens by taking us behind the scenes.
Although Martin likes to speak to a live audience he is happy to give us a zoom presentation and would be pleased to answer questions on any aspect of his work and gardening knowledge.                                                                                                                                    
Cost: free
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Monday 15th March, 2pm
Margie Hoffnung, The Gardens Trusts' work and their on-going development

Online via Zoom

Margie Hoffnung is Conservation Officer and Historic Landscape Project Support Officer with the Gardens Trust. She has a horticulture degree from Writtle College. She has worked at Westonbirt Arboretum and at Highgove, and with Rosemary Verey and Lady Mary Keen. 

She completed an MSc in the Conservation of Historic Gardens and Cultural Landscapes at Bath, and joined the Garden History Society in 2013 as Assistant Conservation Officer. 

She has recently given a talk to the Gardens Trust about Rosemary Verey and also one on Westonbirt, which some of our members may have seen, on Zoom of course.
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