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June 2018

Garden Visit to Suffolk

June 12 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Coffee and cake will be served on arrival at Fullers Mill, West Stow. This enchanting 7 acre garden, created over 50 years by its owner, Bernard Tickner, is managed today by Perennial - The Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society. The garden is situated on the banks of the River Lark and comprises woodland and a plantsman’s collection of unusual shrubs, perennials, lilies and marginal plants. Following a drive to Moulton, where we shall have a light lunch at The Packhorse Inn,…

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A Guided Walk around St Albans Abbey Precincts – ‘In the footsteps of Medieval Gardeners’

June 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Meet at 2.00pm at The Old Fighting Cocks Inn Walk to be led by Sally Pearson This walk will require imagination! Very little remains of the mediaeval monastery buildings in St Albans, let alone the garden areas which we know lay between them. But, as with other historic landscapes, by walking the ground, and hearing contemporary accounts of the features which were once there, it is possible to build a picture of what one of the most important monastic institutions…

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Garden Visit to Northampton and Rutland

June 27 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Our first visit is to Deene Park in Northamptonshire, the home since 1514 of the Brudenell family, whose most famous member was the 7th Earl of Cardigan, who led the Charge of the Light Brigade. The contents and furnishings of Deene Park are exceptionally interesting, so after coffee we start the day with a private conducted tour of the house. Deene Park’s grade II historic gardens, which enjoy extensive views over the lake and parkland, include a parterre designed by…

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July 2018

A Guided Walk around the Jellicoe Water Gardens

July 9 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Meet at 10.30am at the Jellicoe Water Gardens, Hemel Hempstead Walk to be led by Kate Harwood This walk will take in the restored Water Gardens designed by Geoffrey Jellicoe as the centrepiece of Hemel Hempstead new town. The influences behind its final shape, the changes in the design and concept, the dereliction into which it fell, the restoration and ongoing involvement of the Friends and the local community will all be addressed. The role of HGT in this will…

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Garden Visit to Buckinghamshire

July 11 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Our first visit will be Hillesden House, the home of Mr and Mrs Faccenda. With five acres of formal gardens and eighty acres of deer park, there is room for carp lakes, fountains and waterfalls, in addition to rose, alpine and herbaceous borders. Coffee/Tea will be taken on arrival. After lunch at The Old Thatched Inn at Adstock, we shall move on to Kingsbridge Farm at Steeple Claydon, belonging to Mr and Mrs Aldous. The house sits low and mellow…

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Herts Gardens Trust AGM 2018

July 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thundridge House, Cold Christmas, Ware, SG12 0UF, Thundridge House
Cold Christmas, Ware, SG12 0UF United Kingdom
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This year’s AGM will be held on Thursday, July 12th 2018 at Thundridge Hill House, by kind permission of Christopher and Susie Melluish. The garden will be open from 6.00pm when a glass of wine will be served. The meeting will start at 7.00pm and members are invited to stay for picnics—please bring tables and chairs (and umbrellas if wet). A copy of the examined accounts will be published on the HGT website from the end of June. Agenda Welcome…

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August 2018

A conference on the work of Humphry Repton, in association with the Gardens Trust

August 10 - August 11
Ashridge House HP4 1NS + Google Map

Further details from Sally Rouse at Ashridge. Tel. 01442 841028 or sally.rouse@ashridge.hult.edu

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October 2018

Champagne and Sparkling Wines: talk and tasting

October 8 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Village Hall, Woolmer Green, The Village Hall, Hall Lane, Woolmer Green SG3 6XA United Kingdom + Google Map

An evening for members and their guests with Alison Moller, HGT's wine expert: the history of Champagne; the way it is made; followed by a 'blind' tasting of 6 wines - 3 Champagnes and 3 sparkling rivals. Reservation and payment for places should be made to Alison Moller, using the ‘flyer’ which accompanies the Newsletter

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November 2018

Repton Discoveries Symposium: to be chaired by Prof. Tom Williamson and Stephen Daniel

November 5
The Garden Museum, 5 Lambeth Palace Road
London, SE1 7LB
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Further details will be available from the Gardens Trust: kateharwood@thegardenstrust.org The Garden Museum, 5 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB

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Orchards East and Historic Orchards in Hertfordshire – Professor Tom Williamson

November 19 @ 2:15 pm - 4:30 pm
The Village Hall, Woolmer Green, The Village Hall, Hall Lane, Woolmer Green SG3 6XA United Kingdom + Google Map

Tom Williamson, Professor of Landscape History at the University of East Anglia, directs HGT’s Research Group Orchards were for centuries a ubiquitous and essential feature of the rural landscape. They were also an important part of many garden designs, valued for their aesthetic and symbolic qualities. The last half century has seen a catastrophic decline in their numbers, in Hertfordshire as elsewhere, with important impacts on biodiversity, as well as on our cultural heritage. This talk will explain what we…

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