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November 2018

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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April 2019

The Recreation of the Golden Age: Arts & Crafts Gardens

April 24 @ 10:00 am
The Village Hall, Woolmer Green, The Village Hall, Hall Lane, Woolmer Green SG3 6XA United Kingdom + Google Map

This will be 6 sessions: 3 lectures at Woolmer Green Village Hall and 3 visits. The first visit will be to Easton Lodge on Wednesday May 1st using own transport. Friends are welcome to join in for this visit at £6.50 per head which includes the guided tour and coffee and home-made cake. Entry for the course students is included in their fee. Duration: Wednesdays, 24th April - 29th May; 10 - 12 noon with a coffee break. Cost £45…

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May 2019

Garden Visit to Essex and Suffolk

May 29 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Departure from Stanborough Green, Welwyn Garden City at 9.00am Coffee and cake will be served on arrival at Green Island Gardens, Ardleigh. Set in 20 acres of mature woodland, this magnificent garden is a plantsman’s paradise. Professionally designed by its owner, Fiona Edmund, the land is laid out as a series of structured gardens displaying a huge range of unusual trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs. After lunch taken at Green Island Gardens we drive to Polstead Mill Gardens at Polstead…

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June 2019

A Guided Walk through the former High Leigh Estate, including Barclay Park

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

Walk to be led by Tina Rowland - Meet at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesden This walk will explore the former High Leigh Estate and Barclay Park in Hoddesdon to see evidence of the work done by the firm of James Pulham and Son of Broxbourne. Tina Rowland has recently researched this site and she will show us surviving features, including a grotto and cave, all believed to be by the Pulhams. High Leigh has been described as ‘probably one…

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The Historic Landscape of Panshanger Park Talk and Walk with Kate Harwood and Anne Rowe

June 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Panshanger Park Hertford, United Kingdom + Google Map

Morning talk and walk at 10.00am Afternoon talk and walk 2.00pm The landscape of Panshanger has been shaped by man over hundreds of years.  The illustrated talks will both cover its history and the people who shaped it, including owners like the Earls Cowper and the Desboroughs, and famous designers like Capability Brown and Humphry Repton who, in the terminology of the 18thcentury, attempted to improveon nature.  The opportunities for Panshanger in its latest guise as a Country Park for…

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