Mid Century Modern Gardens and Landscapes

Mid Century Modern Gardens and Landscapes

Our spring course organised by Kate Harwood and Alison Moller will run from 19th May for 5 weeks. The one hour lecture series will take place on Thursday mornings at 10am via Zoom.

You may purchase a ticket for the entire course of 5 lectures at a cost of £15.00 for HGT members and £30.00 for non members via the Eventbrite link here.  Purchasing this one ticket provides access to the entire course of 5 lectures as well as access to the recording of each lecture.

You may prefer to purchase tickets for individual lectures at a cost of £3.00 for HGT members and £6.00 for non-members via the Eventbrite links below.  Purchasing a ticket for an individual lecture also gives access to the recording of that lecture.

Attendees will be sent an email containing a Zoom link 2 days prior to the date of each lecture, and a reminder 2 hours before the lecture. A link to the recorded lecture (available for 1 week) will be sent shortly afterwards.

The first 2 weeks of this 5 week course go beyond the normal parameters for HGT courses in that they focus on the new concepts for the designed environment in diverse locations. Starting with the ideas showcased at the Festival of Britain, some inspired by the Space Age, the course will examine how these were applied in the new towns, universities, sub-urban and industrial sites. The next 2 weeks chart the influences on and careers of the most influential designers of the era, while the final lecture focuses on Plantspeople – both amateur and professional.  Each of the 1 hour lectures will be fully illustrated and although united by the timeframe, will be stand-alone entities.

Week 1:  May 19th with Kate Harwood – A Tonic for the Nation – Festival of Britain and Festival Gardens with Peter Shepheard, Frank Clark, Russell Page, Maria Shepherd etc. Festival activities elsewhere.  Brave New World – New Towns, Span housing and provision for children’s playgrounds.  Tickets for this individual lecture are available for £3.00 for HGT members and £6.00 for non-members via the Eventbrite link here.

Week 2:  May 26th with Alison Moller – Training the Nation – The new Universities and revamped campuses of the mid century.  White Heat of Technology – The input of landscape architects: Brenda Colvin, Sylvia Crowe, Geoffrey Jellicoe and others into landscaping power stations, roads, factories and other industrial sites.  Tickets for this individual lecture are available for £3.00 for HGT members and £6.00 for non-members via the Eventbrite link here.

Week 3:  June 9th with Kate Harwood – The Modernist Art Movements of the 1920s – The influence of art movements such as abstractionism, cubism, expressionism on post war landscapes and the work of Philip Hicks, Frederick Gibberd, Geoffrey Jellicoe, Richard Sudell and others.  The Room Outside – John Brookes’ room outside and courtyard designs.  Preben Jakobsen and others.  Tickets for this individual lecture are available for £3.00 for HGT members and £6.00 for non-members via the Eventbrite link here.

Week 4:  June 16th with Kate Harwood – The Garden Designers – Private gardens by Geoffrey Jellicoe, Brenda Colvin and Sylvia Crowe.  Tickets for this individual lecture are available for £3.00 for HGT members and £6.00 for non-members via the Eventbrite link here.

Week 5:  June 30th with Kate Harwood – The Plantsmen and Women – The amateur gardeners who were gifted plants people and developed gardens in the mid-century, some of which have been added to the Historic England Register.  The Spencer family, Beth Chatto, Joyce Robinson, Margery Fish, Christopher Lloyd and others.  Tickets for this individual lecture are available for £3.00 for HGT members and £6.00 for non-members via the Eventbrite link here.

Ticket sales start on 14th April 2022 and finish at mid-day on 17th May 2022

For any questions or concerns, please email zoomevents@hertsgardenstrust.org.uk

25th Anniversary of the Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust

This is the 25th Anniversary Year of the Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust.  They have an extensive programme of events throughout the year at venues across Buckinghamshire which are open to all.  Please go to: https://bucksgardenstrust.org.uk/events/

The Links to the news and events of our other adjacent Gardens Trusts (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, London and Surrey) may be found under “Useful Links” via the “Parks and Gardens” page of the website.

HGT 30th Anniversary Walks

HGT 30th Anniversary Walks

To celebrate our 30th anniversary, HGT have put together two new walks in Hertfordshire. The first tracks the path of the Gadebridge river in Hemel Hempstead, passing through the newly renovated Jellicoe Water Gardens. The second takes in the landmarks of Letchworth Garden City. View them both here.

Enticing Paths – A Treasury of Norfolk Gardens and Gardening

Enticing Paths – A Treasury of Norfolk Gardens and Gardening

The Norfolk Gardens Trust is delighted to announce the launch of their latest publication. Enticing Paths, edited by Roger Last, looks at aspects of gardens and gardening in Norfolk over five centuries. It ranges across the whole spectrum of gardens and garden design and history, including the Bishop’s Garden and Carrow Abbey in Norwich, the work of Thomas Jeckyll and George Skipper, lost gardens such as Brundall Gardens and Didlington Hall, aspects of Sandringham and Blickling, the plant collections of Maurice Mason, the Snowdrop breeding of Heyrick Greatorex, Lakes in Norfolk Landscape Parks, Norfolk Gardens as seen in Art, and much more. It is lavishly illustrated with 480 pages and over 500 pictures. Anyone with an interest in Norfolk will enjoy this book, which will also make the perfect Christmas present. Price £30, including free delivery by post. To obtain a copy: please either send a cheque for £30, payable to Norfolk Gardens Trust, along with your address, to R Lloyd, 57 St Leonards Road Norwich NR1 4JW. or email Roger Lloyd at rogerlloydngt@gmail.com giving him your address and confirming that you have paid £30 by BACS NGT bank details: sort code:206253 account number:70659096 reference: EP Your book will be posted to you immediately or, if you are buying it as a gift, we can post it to another address. Please note that there is a special price for NGT members.

New HGT Chairman – Sue Flood

It was a chilly and drizzly evening when we met at Benington Lordship for our AGM in early September.  Thank you to all who attended.  It was an honour and a real pleasure to be elected as your next chairman.  There have been two lovely people previously in this role, Bella Stuart-Smith and Roger Gedye, who will be very hard acts to follow.  Sadly, I knew Roger for so short a time, but I sincerely hope that together we can build on his legacy.  I have a lot to learn and I am looking forward to increasing my knowledge of the Trust and its work and meeting many more members in the future.  This year has been very strange for all of us – who knew what holding a meeting via Zoom meant before the summer?  For me, and I suspect for you too, our gardens have been our life-line over these past months.  As a committee, if circumstances allow, we hope to plan a complete programme of talks, visits and walks for us all to enjoy next year.

Our Garden Galleries

Our Garden Galleries

We do hope you have stayed well, enjoyed the weather and your gardens and managed to remain positive in these strange times.

HGT would by now have visited our first garden in Essex and been on the first walk to Forty Hall. If you are missing these and a fix of other gardens, we have organised something slightly different and new for our members.

We now have some pages here on the website for photographs of members’ gardens or a favourite Hertfordshire view that you have encountered on a walk. To view our gardens, click on the Parks and Gardens link above. You will then see in the drop-down menu, a link to Members’ Gardens.

If you would like to offer photographs of your garden which you would be happy to share with other members, please send digital images to membership@hertsgardenstrust.org.uk. Please send a maximum of six in the first instance.

Here is a link to the National Gardens Scheme website www.ngs.org.uk where some members have done a virtual tour of their garden in place of opening to the public. 

With best wishes,
The Executive Committee