Friday 18th May 2018 Introduction to Garden History Workday with Dr Twigs Way
We are holding a fun, informative and informal day at Little Easton Village Hall & the Gardens of Easton Lodge to learn more about garden history and research. The morning will be spent examining maps, plans and other historical artefacts and documents with the afternoon in the gardens of Easton Lodge. No previous experience necessary! Cost is just £6,50 per person which includes the all important morning refreshments and afternoon tea and cake. Meet at Little Easton Village Hall (with packed lunch). All proceeds from the day will go to The Gardens of Easton Lodge Preservation Trust.
Trips for 2018
Tuesday 24th April 2018 Hatfield Forest, Essex Join us for a morning guided walk into the forest to look at this magnificent woodland, its flora and fauna, and find out about how it is managed in the 21st century. Members £5.00, guests £7.50 inc. refreshments on arrival. National Trust car park charge applies (free to NT members).
Tuesday 19th June 2018 Trip to Painshill Park, Surrey Coach trip to this wonderful 18th century landscape garden. Cost includes transport, refreshments (coffee and lunch), a talk by garden historian Cherrill Sands, guided walk around the Walled Garden and tour of the landscape gardens. Members £46.00, guests £48.50.
Thursday 12th July 2018 RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex We offer the opportunity to visit Hyde Hall gardens in the evening, on a guided tour of the gardens with Curator Robert Brett to hear about the latest developments within the gardens and wider estate. Members £5.00, guests £7.50 inc. refreshments.
To book your place at any of these events, send your cheque, (made payable to ESSEX GARDENS TRUST), to Michele Freeman, 36 Chitts Hill, Lexden, Colchester, Essex, CO3 9ST or telephone 01206 560557.
Our day spent at Barnards Farm Gardens on Saturday 14th October was very enjoyable. After meeting for coffee, the AGM was chaired by Lord Petre and a new chairman, Thadian Pillai, elected. Minutes will be available on the Board Publications page once they are completed. Members and guests enjoyed walking around the gardens in mild and sunny conditions, a light lunch was provided, followed by an entertaining and interesting talk by Xa Tollemache, garden designer. Her work can be seen during two of our trips next year - the recently opened Global Growth Vegetable Garden at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex and her own garden at Helmingham Hall, Suffolk.
Previous visits 2016 & 2017
Coach trip to Peter Beales Roses and East Ruston Old Vicarage, Norfolk: Morning visit with lunch at Peter Beales Roses, followed in the afternoon by East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden
Workshop at Writtle University College with Charlotte Power: Identifying trees in the landscape
Kings Seeds, Kelvedon: Talk and guided tour by Peter Miller at Kings Seeds, Monks Farm, Kelvedon, Essex
Dragons, Boyton Cross: An exclusive visit to a plants woman's ¾-acre garden which is surrounded by farmland and planted to encourage wildlife.
Warley Place near Brentwood: Guided tour of this once very famous Edwardian garden belonging to Ellen Willmott.
Audley End House and Gardens, Saffron Walden: As well as entrance to the house & gardens, included is an exclusive 1.5 hour tour of the grounds with Head Gardener Alan North explaining the challenges of managing Lancelot 'Capability' Brown's historic landscape in the 21st century.
Thenford Arboretum, Banbury: Visit to the private gardens of Lord & Lady Heseltine.
Lancaster House, Maldon: Private opening for EGT of this recently created private garden surrounding the renovated Grade II listed 19th century house (not open).
RHS Hyde Hall Gardens: Afternoon access to gardens followed by behind the scenes tour at 7pm with Curator Robert Brett explaining the major development plans for the site inc. the Global Growth Vegetable garden (designer Xa Tollemache).
Past events include:
Anglesy Abbey: Managing and developing the garden - Richard Todd, Head gardener
Arrival of Exotic Trees in England & the Impact on our Gardens - Hugh Johnson
Before Kent & Brown - the formal & geometric garden - Caroline Holmes
Capability Men: Lancelot Brown in context - Prof Tom Williamson
Challenges of managing historic landscapes
Copped Hall, bringing the gardens back to life - Alan Cox
Discovering the History of Thorpe Hall Gardens - Jan Michalak
Dowsing: A controversial tool for the garden researcher - Dr Clive Beale
Give the Guests a Good Soaking: Use of water in Italian gardens - Helena Attlee
Given Landscapes: Gardens in trust - Michael Thompson
Green Architecture - George Carter
Hatfield Forest - Hatfield Forest through the centuries. Simon Cramner, Operations Manager, National Trust Hatfield Forest
In Japan - Prue James
New Audiences: Being historic is not enough - Jill Raggett
Painshill, the restoration story - Cherrill Sands, garden historian
Plant Hunters - driven by nurserymen or the allure of the wild? - Ailsa Wildig
Recreating Eden or Landscaping with Llamas - Dr Twigs Way
Reflecting on Great Landscapes: The use of water in medieval residences - Dr Robert Liddiard
The Point of Grass - John Phibbs
Understanding the Gift - Oli Neave & Emma Cannell
Warley Place: the history of a garden that is now a Nature Reserve - Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson
Warrens - Professor Tom Williamson of University of East Anglia
Water in the Orient: From cracked ice to Monet’s water lilies - Dr Jill Raggett
With Excellent Contrivance & Much Cost - the pre-Brownian Landscape - Dr Twigs Way
Widening Horizons: An island with a secret - Essex nurseryman Isaac Bunting
Bromptons - private tour
Chippenham Park, Cambs - tour around the water gardens with owner Anne Crawley
Fanners Farm garden, Great Waltham - guided tour with owners Caroline & Peter Lee
Feeringbury Manor, Feering - guided tour
Fudlers Hall - informal visit
Harvey's Garden Plants - informal visit
Marks Hall winter planting and snow drops - guided tour with Curator, Jonathon Jukes
Marks Hall, Coggeshall Garden and Arboretum - tour with Curator, Jonathan Jukes
Otley Hall - guided tour with Head gardener Simon Nickson and owner Catherine Beaumont
Peacocks, Margaretting - guided tour by owners Phil and Carol Torr
The Place for Plants, East Bergholt - guided tour by the owner Rupert Eley
Ulting Wick garden, Maldon - guided tour by the owner Philippa Burrough
Trees at Warley Place, Brentwood - guided tour by Ailsa Wildig
The Joys of Garden History Research: Study day