The winter series of lectures and trips for 2018 will be announced shortly.

The AGM is on 14th October - details to follow (& on home page)

PRE-BOOKING REQUIRED FOR ALL VISITS
Contact Michele Freeman
Enquiries:  01206560557      

For bookings: send your cheque made payable to ESSEX GARDENS TRUST to Michele Freeman, Dorma, 36 Chitts Hill, Lexden, Colchester, Essex, CO3 9ST

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, CO5 9PG.                                                                                            

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 19thC 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 have included:

Lectures

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

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

In Japan - Prue James

Menageries - Cheryl Sands     

New Audiences: Being historic is not enough - Jill Raggett

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

 

 

Visits

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

Other

The Joys of Garden History Research: Study day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentines Park

Valentines Park