25 July and/or 5 Aug 2019

Private Visit and Introduction to the Sculpture Exhibition 2019 at Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum, Coggeshall

Marks Hall Sculpture

Marks Hall Sculpture

A private, summer’s evening drinks reception at Marks Hall followed by a walk led by Ian Chandler, Senior Arborist, who will introduce the sculpture exhibition and talk to us about their special trees, vistas and future plans for the site.  Two evenings have been planned as demand for tickets, which are limited, will be high.  Do book early.

DETAILED ITINERARY

6.00:  Members and guests to meet at the Coach House, (NOT the Visitors Centre).

Drinks reception (glass of red or white wine or soft drink).

6.30:  Guided tour with Ian Chandler who will introduce us to the Sculpture Exhibition and talk about the plans for Marks Hall.

8.00:  Return to the Visitors Centre for tea or coffee.

8.30:  Depart.

DIRECTIONS: Look for the brown tourist signs from the A120 between Braintree and Marks Tey. Drive through the white gates and continue straight forwards until you see the Barns.  Parking on the grass is signposted.

ACCESSIBILITY: The sculptures are placed within the landscape and can generally be viewed from the path network. The path network is generally level with the exception of the path to the old mansion house site which has a reasonably steep incline - alternative level routes are available. Paths in the wider arboretum are generally grass rides and the woodland walks are mostly on surfaced paths.

COST AND BOOKING: Members £12.50, Guests £15.00

Tickets are now available on Eventbrite: For 25 July click here. For 5 Aug click 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 date preference.


6 September 2019

watercolour of Rivenhall Place by Humphry Repton, courtesy Essex Records Office

watercolour of Rivenhall Place by Humphry Repton, courtesy Essex Records Office

Private Viewing at Essex Records Office, Chelmsford

We are excited to offer a strictly limited number of members the opportunity to view the recently renovated Humphry Repton drawing of Rivenhall Place – sponsored by Essex Gardens Trust - in the possession of Essex Records Office.

We will hear about the work involved in the restoration by its conservator and view other Repton documents. Additionally the senior conservator will give us a privileged glimpse behind the scenes of the ERO conservation room.

Details and booking instructions to be confirmed.


28 September 2019

Garden History in 10 Objects, led by David Marsh

At the Main Hall, Writtle University College, Chelmsford, Essex, on Saturday, 28th September from 2.00 -4.30 pm.

DISCOVER CENTURIES OF GARDEN HISTORY IN AN AFTERNOON

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This study afternoon provides an interactive review and introduction to garden history.  The session begins with a fun hands-on investigation of some garden-related objects. Some you’ll know but might not realise their history or significance, others you definitely won’t, but they should all get you thinking and talking.

This will be followed by a lively illustrated lecture that puts the objects into a broad chronological and social context with ideas of what you can do next.

The afternoon is suitable for everyone, whether an experienced researcher or a complete newcomer to the subject- so why not bring along someone you think might be interested in knowing more?  It provides a perfect introduction for our garden history course in the autumn, or as a stand-alone session.

ITINERARY: Please arrive ready for a prompt start at 2.00. There will be a short break at 3.00 for refreshments.

ACCESSIBILITY: On-site car parking with disabled parking adjacent to the Main Building.  The Main Hall is on the ground floor at point 2 (download a campus map here).

COST AND BOOKING: Members £10, Guests £15.  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.


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.


dates for your diary, details to be announced later:

19 October 2019 AGM at The Gibberd Garden

16 November 2019 Talk by Andrew Sankey, and EGT Annual Book Sale

18 March 2020 Talk by Saruhan Mossler