16 October 2019 - A six week course

An Introduction to Garden History, led by Alison Moller

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At the Conference Suite, Writtle University College, Chelmsford, Essex, on Wednesday, 16 October from 2.00 – 4.00 pm and for a further 5 sessions at the same time and place until Wednesday 20 November.

UNCOVER THE DEVELOPMENTS IN ENGLISH GARDEN HISTORY FROM MEDIEVAL TO PRESENT TIMES

This course, run over six sessions of 2 hours (2 x 45 mins with a break between), will show how gardens have evolved over time, including a short session on research sources and on international garden making before the sixteenth century. It highlights the key factors that have influenced their design and identifies key individuals and gardens from different periods. Where possible, examples will be included featuring Essex gardens.  A reading list will be provided for further investigation.  

1                     Research Sources, Ancient and Medieval Gardens

2                     Gardens from the Tudor period to the Civil War c.1500-1640s

3                     Restoration and Baroque Gardens c.1660-1720

4                     The English Landscape Garden; including Chinoiserie and the Picturesque

5                     The Nineteenth Century Garden to 1st World War

6                     Twentieth and Twenty First Century Gardens

The course and syllabus is backed by The Gardens Trust, who have devised the sessions.

Alison is a member of EGT and has been teaching for over 45 years. She has a Masters in Garden History and is an active researcher.  

ITINERARY: Please arrive ready for a prompt start at 2.00 and bring notebook and pen if you wish. There will be a short break at 2.45 for refreshments (not included in the cost).

ACCESSIBILITY: On-site car parking with disabled parking adjacent to the Main Building. The Conference Suite is adjacent to the café at point 7 (download a campus map here) and both are on the ground floor .

COST AND BOOKING:  £45 total for all 6 sessions.  NB. Booking is essential for this course as tickets will not be available on the day.

Tickets are now available on Eventbrite, please click here to buy them.  Alternatively, send a cheque (payable to Essex Gardens Trust) to: Mr. S. Ogle, EGT Treasurer, Cobblestones’, Chelmsford Road, Felsted, CM6 3EP. Please include your name and address.


Saturday 19 October 2019

Essex Gardens Trust AGM

The Gibberd Garden, Marsh Lane, Harlow CM17 0NA, Saturday 19 October 2019, 10.30 – 4.00 pm

Bust of Sir Frederick Gibberd

Bust of Sir Frederick Gibberd

Sir Frederick Gibberd was the Master-Planner for Harlow New Town, and we will spend the day exploring what is acknowledged to be one of the most important 20th century gardens in the country, full of inspirational sculpture and decorative objects, the garden is a work of art in itself. A light lunch will be provided, and we will be given an illustrated talk about this important twentieth century figure as well as a guided tour of his fascinating home. The AGM will be held in the Barn Tea Room.

ITINERARY:        

10.30 Doors open for Refreshments

11.00 Welcome

11.15 Talk ‘The Gibberd Garden’

11.45 Divide into groups for either guided tour of house or self-guided walk in grounds

12.45 Light lunch (soup and roll, and dessert) in 2 sittings depending on group

2.15   Continue with tours depending on group

3.00   Refreshments

3.15   AGM

4.00   Close

ACCESSIBILITY:  There is designated disabled parking outside the Barn tearoom.  There is a disabled toilet. The Garden was designed as a private garden and has uneven paths, steps, sloping banks and open water. Once in the House, access for wheelchair users is limited.

COST AND BOOKING:£20 including all refreshments.Booking is essential, as tickets will not be available on the day.Tickets are now on Eventbrite, please see here. Alternatively, send a cheque (payable to Essex Gardens Trust) to: Mr. S. Ogle, EGT Treasurer, Cobblestones’, Chelmsford Road, Felsted, CM6 3EP. Please include your name and address, and if you have any food intolerances.


Saturday 16 November 2019

The Changing Role of Plant Hunting  - A Talk by

Andrew Sankey

JOseph Banks, by Joshua Reynolds, 1773, NPG.

JOseph Banks, by Joshua Reynolds, 1773, NPG.

and EGT Annual Book Sale

At Room L60, Writtle University College, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3RR, on Saturday, 16 November from 2.00 -4.00pm

When Joseph Banks first sent out plant hunters from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in the late eighteenth century, it was with the remit to find new plants from across the globe that would benefit the British Empire; whether medicinally, commercially or for the garden.

Yet less than 100 years later the main emphasis of plant hunters was simply to discover plants to add to the collections of wealthy Victorians.

Today most botanic gardens, although show-casing beautiful plants, have three main aims - conservation, education & benefit-sharing.

This talk aims to show how the role of the plant hunter has changed since the time of Joseph Banks, and acts as an introduction to our theme for next year on Plant Discovery and Conservation.

ITINERARY:  2.00 Doors open for refreshments and to view EGT Book Sale

2.30 Talk

3.30 EGT Book Sale - 4.00 Close

ACCESSIBILITY:     On-site car parking with disabled parking adjacent to the Main Building. The two doors at the rear of the Main Building will be open - others will be locked. The doors are heavy, please contact us in advance if you require assistance.  Room L60 is on the ground floor at point 2 (please see our website for campus map).

COST AND BOOKING:         Members £7.00, Guests £10. NB. Booking is essential, as tickets will not be available on the day.  Tickets are now on Eventbrite, please see here.  Alternatively, send a cheque (payable to Essex Gardens Trust) to: Mr. S. Ogle, EGT Treasurer, Cobblestones, Chelmsford Road, Felsted, CM6 3EP. Please include your name and address.


dates for your diary, details to be announced later:

18 March 2020 Talk by Saruhan Mossler