Visits, Walks and Talks

Welcome to 2020! 
Happy New Year and welcome to a new decade! Hope you have had a lovely time over the festive season and kept well. 
We have just held the third in the series of six talks of Ed Bennis’ Garden History Course. The talks have been fascinating and a report on the first two is to be included in the next edition of the Newsletter, to be circulated shortly. The remaining dates for the course are 20th January, 3rd and 17th February. There are still a few places left on the course, held at Wilmslow Library at 1.30pm. If you would like to attend one or more of the remaining dates, you would be very welcome. Please contact Margaret Blowey  by e-mail, , or mobile 07808 297465 
We have also two remaining talks organized for the spring months. The first one is on Saturday 29th February at the Quaker Meeting House in Chester, where we will welcome as our speaker, Jonathan Pepler, retired Cheshire County Archivist. I understand that Jonathan with his many years’ experience as Archivist speaks with enthusiasm and authority. On this occasion he is to focus on maps of local estates.  
We conclude the current series of talks on Saturday 21st March at Marthall, Hall near Knutsford. The talk will be on John Claudius Loudon, botanist and garden designer, and his wife Jane Webb, writer and creator of the first gardening manuals. We are pleased to welcome back the experienced horticulturist, Simon Gulliver. Last year many of you will recall the excellent talk given by Simon on Ernest Wilson. 
Shortly after Easter we will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 22nd April. We are privileged to have secured Margie Hoffnung to speak about the work of the Gardens Trust and its on-going development.  This event is to be held at Worleston and District Village Hall, Worleston, Nantwich, CW5 6DN (please note new venue). It is proposed to start the event with a welcoming buffet served around 5pm, followed by Margie’s presentation. The AGM itself will follow the presentation, including an update on the CGT bursary with students at Ness Gardens. The event will conclude around 8pm. Booking details will be available in the next Events Listing to be circulated in early March. We hope you will reserve this important date in your diaries. 
And as spring arrives, we will be starting our garden visits from May onwards. The following visits  have been arranged for late spring / early summer: 
Tuesday 19th May, Manley Knoll, Manley, Frodsham, WA6 9DX  
Thursday 4th June, Tattenhall Hall, Tattenhall, Chester, CH3 9HE 
So, some exciting events ahead!  And as we always say, do book early to avoid disappointment. 
All best wishes from the Events Team

Monday 7th October, 1.30 - 4.30
Garden History Course in a series of six lectures by CGT Chair, Ed Bennis

Monday 7<sup>th</sup> October, 1.30 - 4.30<div style='margin: 5px 0px;'><span>Garden History Course in a series of six lectures by CGT Chair, Ed Bennis<span></div>

Wilmslow Library, South Drive, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 1NW.

Dates remaining:

Monday 20th January 
Monday 3rd February 
Monday 17th February 

Venue:  Wilmslow Library, South Drive, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 1NW. 
Parking:  An extensive pay & display car park is adjacent to the library. The charge is £2.20 for three hours.  
Time:  1.30pm - 4.00pm on each day

As reported in the January edition of the Events Newsletter, Ed Bennis, our Chair, has kindly offered to repeat a series of lectures that he gave to Cheshire Gardens Trust members some years ago. Many people are new to the Trust since then and would probably appreciate the opportunity to learn a bit more. There are still a few places remaining on the last three sessions of the course. To book a place please contact Margaret Blowey  Content of the six week course will be as follows as previously indicated :
Session 1         
a. When Landscape became Garden  
b. The Gardens of Dal-al-Islam

Session 2         
a. Hortus Conclusus: The Medieval Garden
b. Italy: The Renaissance Garden

Session 3         
a. France: The Renaissance Garden
b. Tudor Britain 

Session 4         
a. The House of Orange and the English Renaissance
b. The 18thCentury Dichotomy: The Beautiful and the Picturesque

Session 5       
a. Horticulture Excess in the 19thCentury 
b. Allusion and Illusion in the Chinese Garden

Session 6        
a. When Garden became Landscape                     
b. Summary and questions

Each session of the six week course will be 2.5 hours in two parts, with a break for refreshments in the middle
A comprehensive summary of the course, written by Ed, can be found on the Cheshire Garden Trust web site- look for the downloadable PDF under 'Discover' and 'Garden History'.                                       
Cost: £50 member/£65 non-member/£40  student and/or under 30
Event Contact: Margaret Blowey

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Saturday 29th February, 10.15 for 10.45
Estate maps, their origin and development, a talk by Jonathan Pepler , Saturday 29th February

Saturday 29<sup>th</sup> February, 10.15 for 10.45<div style='margin: 5px 0px;'><span>Estate maps, their origin and development, a talk by Jonathan Pepler  , Saturday 29<sup>th</sup> February<span></div>

Chester Quaker Meeting House, Union Walk, Frodsham Street, Chester, CH1 3LF

Jonathan Pepler, retired County Archivist, is to speak about the origins and types of estate map, and their development from the 16th to 19th centuries. Drawing on his extensive knowledge and experience, Jonathan is to demonstrate how these maps inform us of the nature and content of the estates, illustrated with many examples. !
Please note that you will be welcomed at 10.15 am with coffee and biscuits. Jonathan will start his talk at 10.45 am to enable the event to conclude by 12.30pm.  

Non members are very welcome too our events. Members from other Gardens Trusts will be charged at the same rate as Cheshire Gardens Trust members.
Cost: £8 member/£10 non-member/£6  student and/or under 30
Event Contact: Jackie Cawte

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Saturday 21st March, 10.30 for 11am
John Claudius Loudon and his wife, Jane Webb Talk by Simon Gulliver

Saturday 21<sup>st</sup> March, 10.30 for 11am<div style='margin: 5px 0px;'><span>John Claudius Loudon and his wife, Jane Webb  Talk by Simon Gulliver<span></div>

The Hall at Marthall, Sandlebridge Lane, Marthall, Knutsford, WA16 7SB

Following Simon’s excellent talk on Ernest Wilson last spring, he is returning to share his enthusiasm for a Victorian gardening double act of a lady gardener and science fiction novelist and her Scottish landscape gardening husband.  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. 
Non members are very welcome too our events. Members from other Gardens Trusts will be charged at the same rate as Cheshire Gardens Trust members.
Cost: £10 member/£8 non-member/£6  student and/or under 30
Event Contact: Janet Horne (n.b. underscore)

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News Archive

January (3)
Start your year with a really good read - CGT January Newsletter is out now
Places are still available on the Garden History Course
Two New CGT Talks now open for booking
November (1)
A Unique Christmas Gift - Membership of Cheshire Gardens Trust
October (1)
Gardens Trust Meet-Up in Chester Wed 6th November 10.30-16.00
September (4)
Visit Middleton Hall Gardens & Park nr Tamworth Sat 5th Oct
Sharing Repton: Case Study Day Thursday 28th Nov Birmingham
The Elizabeth Ashbrook Memorial Lecture on 17th Nov at Arley Hall
Check your e-mails/post for CGT's New Autumn/Winter Talks
August (6)
Schoolchildren in Upstate New York offer information to CGT via the wonders of the Web
CGT September Tour of Lyme Park Cancelled due to Flood Damage
Check our Calendar for garden related events in Cheshire Including Ness on 26 Oct
A New Fundraising Record for Open Gardens Wilmslow Wells for Africa
10th September Lecture on the Future of Landscape Architecture
Request for information on Garden Designer James Russell
July (1)
An opportunity to study Heritage Horticulture
June (3)
Wembley Park wins TGT Sharing Landscapes competition
21st-26th June - Five Seasons: A film about The Gardens of Piet Oudolf
Ashton Grange & Lyme Hall Gardens Visits are Fully Booked so don't delay to add your name to the waiting lists
May (3)
Government Public Consultation on Garden Tourism
Gardens Day Sat 29th June - Wilmslow Wells for Africa
For more choice of Garden Visits this summer, don't forget to check Events run by our neighbouring County Gardens Trusts
April (3)
The National Trust are searching for a Head of Gardens
Two study sessions to Refresh and Increase your Parks & Gardens Knowledge
Memorial to James Joule
March (3)
The Sandstone Ridge Festival 2019 - 16th, 17th & 18th May
Book now for The Gardens Trust Annual Conference in Oxford 6th - 8th September
North West Parks Friends Forum - Regional Conference on Sat 13th April
February (3)
Welsh Historic Gardens Trust - 30th Anniversary Weekend — 10-12 May 2019
A Bluebell Walk, PLUS, at Tushingham Hall on Sunday 28th April from 2pm to 5pm
How to be a Landscape Detective - A Lecture on 25th February
January (3)
Nature's Champions: Portraits of Gertrude Jekyll, Roy Lancaster and more at Dunham Massey
Cheshire Gardens open for Snowdrops in February & March
David Austin Roses, its founder passed away at age 92
December (1)
Begin the New Gardening Year with a Free Members' Meet Up event on Tues 15th Jan 2019
October (1)
Discovering the Real Repton Symposium - 5th November 2018
September (2)
Meet in beautiful York for this year's TGT Historic Landscapes Assembly on Monday 19th November
Read the results of our Overseas Garden Tours Questionnaire
July (2)
Legionella bacteria
SOS for help with planting at RHS Tatton from Friday 13th - Monday 16th July
June (1)
Gardens Open on 30th June - Wilmslow Wells for Africa
May (1)
Your Personal Information and What We Do With It
April (4)
PLEASE NOTE: Corrections to visit dates stated in the April Newsletter
20th June & 4th July 'Repton Rides at Tatton'
On 6th July join Tatton Head Gardener in a Repton Walk
A REMINDER 26th April - AGM & Head Gardener's Guided Walk at Henbury Hall
February (1)
Don't miss the first Event of our Spring Season - The Heritage Gardens of Ireland
January (3)
Check the Events Tab to see our LATEST EVENTS LISTING for March to May
Hellebores Nursery - A timely reminder to visit
It's not too late to book for our Lecture on Helebores on Saturday 20th January
December (1)
RHS WISLEY Trees Petition Success but more work needed
November (2)
Members Meet-Up in Lancaster: 10.30-4pm, 1st December 2017
This Christmas, give a present to last a whole year
October (3)
Edward Kemp Symposium on 18 Oct at The Palace Room, Floral Pavillion, New Brighton
Results from Kemp's Anniversary Year Walks around Cheshire Parks
Learn about 'The 1737 New Cut of the River Dee' on 18th Nov
September (3)
The Woodland Trust say 'the biggest single threat from development to ancient woodland is HS2'
Look at the Events Tab for CGT's Autumn/Winter Programme
Book now for 2017/18 Leisure Courses at Reaseheath College
August (2)
500 Wisley trees under threat from A3 road widening proposals
New Photographs of Summer Events in our Gallery
July (1)
All Summer Events now fully booked
June (2)
Double Rosettes for CGT at the Royal Cheshire County Show
Final Summer Events - 15th July Fully Booked but still time to book for 16th August visit
May (3)
Dibleys' 28th Chelsea Gold
Make a Note/Lend a Hand - Cheshire Show Dates for your June Diary
Check your Post Now for our latest Events Mailing
April (1)
POSTPONEMENT of Fern Workshop at Henbury Hall
March (2)
Hot Off the Press! Kemp - CGT's Second Publication is available Now
Important Diary Date: CGT AGM on 27 April
February (4)
Kemp Walks in Cheshire Parks during 2017
Lecture Sat 18 March - Celebrating Edward Kemp Bicentenary
Reminder:- St Petersburg Lecture Sat 11 Feb
2015 Newsletters now added to the archive
November (2)
Memorial Service: Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor
Caldwell-Still Growing
October (2)
CGT phone number
Lottery Funding Secures Future of P&G UK Database
September (2)
CB 2016 Textile Trail exhibition
CGT Visit to Sweden in September 2016
August (1)
CGT visit to Somerford Garden raises £136.00 for the NGS
July (3)
CGT Member Mary Moxon in medal award at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show 2016
Donation to St Luke's Hospice
2016 Summer Fundraiser Success
June (5)
CGT at the Royal Cheshire Show and the Arley Garden Festival
Event on Wednesday 15th June is cancelled
Magnolia "Elizabeth" progress report
Places for Sweden Garden Tour 2016
Summer Social Event 4th June 2016
May (3)
Thanks to volunteers at the AGM
RHS Garden Bridgewater
Summer BBQ and Fundraiser
April (7)
Rhododendron Workshop 12th May
TGT Conference, 1-4 September
The Hyning, Lancs.
Sweden Garden Tour 2016 Update No 3
CGT AGM 14th April at Tabley House
2016 Cheshire Plant Fairs
CGT New Web Site
March (3)
Caldwell Book Published February 2016
New Home for King Canute
December (1)
Lord Ashbrook's 80th Birthday
November (1)
New RHS Garden
July (1)
CGTs & GHS: Latest merger news

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