Events 2018

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.

AGM 2017

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:

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

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

Menageries - Cheryl Sands     

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Valentines Park