Events and Outings

There are two newsletters a year (Spring and Autumn) to bring Members up to date with the Trust's work.
Download the 2017 Spring Newsletter and Annual Report.


Bridge Day and Lunch at Annabels Farm, Kinsbourne Green, Harpenden on Wednesday 15th March, 2017. Bring friends to make up a table. Event complete.

A Conference "Not in my Back Yard?" at the Riding School, Hatfield House on Saturday April 22nd, 2017 from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Further details and a programme for this event may be found in the 2017 Spring Newsletter. Event complete.

A Study Day at Mayflower Place, Hertingfordbury with Friends of Panshanger Park on Tuesday May 2nd, 2017. Further details and a programme for this event may be found in the 2017 Spring Newsletter. Event complete.

A Garden outing to Essex on Wednesday 3rd May, 2017. Further details for this event may be found in the 2017 Spring Newsletter. Event complete.

An afternoon with Friends of Jellicoe Water Gardens at the Carey Baptist Church, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead on Friday June 9th, 2017. Event cancelled owing to the renovation not being completed in time.

A Garden outing to Rutland and Leicestershire on Tuesday 27th June, 2017. Further details for this event may be found in the 2017 Spring Newsletter and a booking form can be downloaded here.

A Garden outing to Norfolk from Tuesday 4th to Thursday 6th July, 2017. Further details for this event may be found in the 2017 Spring Newsletter and a booking form can be downloaded here.

The 2017 AGM will be held on Thursday 13th July at Garratt's Farm, Benington, by kind permission of Mrs Sarah Bott. Further details for this event may be found in the 2017 Spring Newsletter



2016 was the Tercentenary of "Capability" Brown's birth and there were celebrations all over the country. HGT put together a programme celebrating not only Brown but others such as Richmond, Woods and Lapidge who worked in the Brownian landscape tradition. The special Lancelot 'Capabilty' Brown editon of the Spring Newsletter gave further details of all the year's events.

Painting the Modern Garden Exhibition - Lecture and visit to the Royal Academy on Friday 8th April, 2016.

Study Day on Saturday April 16th - THE CAPABILITY MEN: Lancelot Brown and his Associates.

Garden visits to Rutland, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk in June and July.

Hertfordshire Gardens Trust AGM 2016. Held in July at "Youngsbury", a 1760 "Capability" Brown designed Park. The 2015/2016 Accounts may be downloaded here.

Capability Brown from an Artist's Perspective. A lecture by Tim Scott Bolton on Tuesday 25th October.

The Digswell Landscape: Change over Time. As part of the CB300 celebrations, HGT put on an exhibition on the changing face of the landscape around Digswell - from the 1599 map to the New Town. A selection of the Posters may be downloaded below:

1 Overview
2 The Early Landscape
3 Capability Brown
4 Brownian Landscape
5 Digswell Regency
6 Digswell Lake
7 Coming of the Railway
8 Digswell House Gardens
9 Panshanger Sale
10 The Garden City
11 Trees and Woods
12 The New Towns
13 New Town 2
14 WGC New Town

Hertfordshire Landscape Parks - Ten walks devised to celebrate the Tercentenary of Lancelot Brown. The HGT CB300 Committee has created a series of guided walks. The background to the choice of walks is described in the short document which may be downloaded here. A Map of the landscape walks may be downloaded here. The walks leaflets may be downloaded below:

Brocket Park
Digswell Park
Kimpton Hoo
Woodhall Park

For those requiring additional information about the sites in the walks leaflets, there are links below to the Parks and Gardens database for each of them.

Kimpton Hoo:
Newsells: no entry as yet

Other UK events - see Parks and Gardens events calendar
The link to the Parks and Gardens UK database events calendar is

Recent visits to gardens for Members and Guests have included
Tythrop Park, Red Kites, Castor House, Titchmarsh House, The White House Denham, Kayalami, Chiswick House, Ousden House, Denston Hall, The Windmill Impington, Madingley Hall, Oliviers Colchester, The Manor House Ayott St Lawrence, Tofte Manor, Glebe House Southill, Steane Park Brackley, Tile House Farm Finmere, Hill Grounds Evenley, Thorp Lubenham Hall Leics, Kelmarsh Hall Northants, Marks Hall and Glen Chantry, Essex, Blewbury Manor, Rofford Manor, Rycote Park and Garsington Manor in Oxon, Feeringbury Manor and Spencers Gt Yeldham Essex, Coton Manor Northants, Great Fosters Surrey, Waltham Place Berkshire, Fermyn Woods Hall Northants, Rousham Gardens and Pettiers Banbury in Oxon.

Fundraising events
We hold various fundraising events including regular bridge days in the winter months.

Lectures and talks are given at least once a year – at Ashridge near Berkhamsted and at other Hertfordshire locations with some exceptionally distinguished speakers:-

Tony Kirkham, "Trees, a cut above the rest"

Tim Cutler FRCP FLS, "Medicinal Herb Gardens and their Relevance to Modern Medicine"

Peter Inskip, Conservation Architect "Strawberry Hill Revaled". The story of this Heritage site and its restoration

Jennifer Potter, Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund King's College London and Reviewer for The Times Literary Supplement, "The Curious Gardeners: The lives and times of the John Tradescants"

Anna Pavord Gardening Correspondent of the Independent, "The Tulip"

Tom Stuart-Smith, Award winning Landscape Architect (seven times gold winner at Chelsea and designer of the Queen's Jubilee Garden at Windsor Castle, "New Gardens Historic Landscapes. Articulating between old and new with inspiration from music, cell biology and cultural history to create new gardens that are contextual and modern"

James Bolton, Garden Designer and Historian, "From the Picturesque to Paxton: The Changing Style of Gardens in the early 19th Century"

Dr. Peter Burman, Director of Conservation & Property Services, The National Trust for Scotland, "New Art, Old Landscapes. The Role of Contemporary Craftsmanship in Historic Gardens and Designed Landscapes"

Jane Roberts, Librarian and Curator of the Print Room, The Royal Collection Windsor Castle, "Royal Landscape: The History of the Royal Parks at Windsor"