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July 2018

Herts Gardens Trust AGM 2018

July 12, 2018 @ 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 2017/18 Accounts may be downloaded here. A copy of the Minutes of the AGM of 13th…

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August 2018

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

August 10, 2018 - August 11, 2018
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, 2018 @ 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 Daniels

November 5, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
The Garden Museum, 5 Lambeth Palace Road
London, SE1 7LB
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Discovering the Real Repton Chairs: Stephen Daniels and Tom Williamson A Symposium to highlight the work done by the County Gardens Trusts for Repton’s bicentenary DRAFT PROGRAMME 10.00 - 10.30 Coffee and registration 10.30 - 11.30 Dorset: Sarah Fitzgerald: Sans Souci, a ‘new’ Repton site discovered LPGT: Chris Sumner on Repton in London Lincolnshire: Steffie Shields Water in the Landscape: Rediscovered Red Book for Normanton Park 11.30 - 12.30 Hertfordshire: Toby Parker on Repton and East India Company Patronage Yorkshire:…

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Orchards East and Historic Orchards in Hertfordshire – Professor Tom Williamson

November 19, 2018 @ 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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December 2018

The Water Gardens of Geoffrey Jellicoe – Kate Harwood

December 3, 2018 @ 2:15 am - 4:30 pm
The Village Hall, Woolmer Green, The Village Hall, Hall Lane, Woolmer Green SG3 6XA United Kingdom + Google Map

Kate Harwood , HGT conservation team co-ordinator,member of the conservation committee of the Gardens Trust Jellicoe was commissioned in 1947 to develop the New Town of Hemel Hempstead following a landscape appraisal by Sylvia Crowe. His design was not accepted and another design just for the water gardens was accepted much later. The gardens opened in 1962. This talk will look at the influences behind Jellicoe's plans, his other water gardens and the Hemel Gardens in the New Towns context,…

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London Parks and Gardens Study Day – Nature’s Wonders at Fulham Palace

December 11, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:45 pm

The day offers a chance to learn about the intense interest in botany and plant collecting in London in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, including the pre-eminent collections of the Duchess of Beaufort at Beaufort House, Queen Mary at Hampton Court, and Bishop Henry Compton at Fulham Palace, where the event is hosted. Many of these collectors made herbariums, parts of which found their way into the collections of Sir Hans Sloane - and thus formed the basis…

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January 2019

The Pulhams in Hertfordshire – Kate Bannister and Tina Rowland

January 14 @ 2:15 am - 4:30 pm
High Leigh Conference Centre, Lord Street
Hoddesden, EN11 8SG United Kingdom
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Kate Banister and Tina Rowland are members of the HGT Research Group. Tina Rowland has recently researched the gardens and grounds at Presdales, Ware and High Leigh, Hoddesdon James Pulham and Son of Broxbourne in Hertfordshire were one of the most important firms of landscape designers in the 19th and early 20th centuries. They were one of the main manufacturers of artificial rockwork, known as ‘Pulhamite’. The Pulhams specialised in water gardens and rock gardens – building cliffs, ravines, waterways,…

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February 2019

The History of the Garden and Grounds at Wimpole Hall – Alison Moller

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

Alison Moller is a member of the HGT Research Group and recently completed an MA in Garden and Landscape History Situated near Royston in Cambridgeshire, the landscape and setting of Wimpole Hall are a fine example of how the evolution of the garden over many centuries can be traced on the ground in conjunction with archaeological and documentary evidence. Vestiges of the Medieval landscape survive, but it is the 17th and 18th century developments that are perhaps the most interesting.…

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HGT Bridge Day

February 13 @ 10:45 am
The Village Hall, Woolmer Green, The Village Hall, Hall Lane, Woolmer Green SG3 6XA United Kingdom + Google Map

A Bridge Day for members of the Hertfordshire Gardens Trust and their friends will be held at Woolmer Green Village Hall, near Knebworth, on Wednesday, 13th February, 2019. 10.45am for an 11.00am start A two course lunch with wine will be included and the cost of the day will be £90 for a table of four. Members who would be interested in taking part and would like to make up or join a table should contact Sally Pool for further…

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