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Bandstands: History, Decline and Revival Presented by Paul Rabbitts

The Village Hall, Woolmer Green The Village Hall, Hall Lane, Woolmer Green, United Kingdom

The Gardens Trust is interested in the conservation and use of public parks and gardens as well as private estates and in this talk, Paul Rabbitts discusses the origin and history of the bandstand and the development of its use throughout the Victorian and Edwardian periods. After a sad decline, there seems to be a […]

£5.00 – £8.00

The Well-Gardened Mind Presented by Sue Stuart-Smith

The Village Hall, Woolmer Green The Village Hall, Hall Lane, Woolmer Green, United Kingdom

Sue Stuart-Smith is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist who worked in the NHS for many years, becoming the lead clinician for psychotherapy in Hertfordshire.  She is married to Tom Stuart-Smith, the celebrated garden designer, and, over thirty years together, they have created the wonderful Barn Garden in Hertfordshire.  Her book, The Well Gardened Mind, was published […]

£5.00 – £8.00

Last Landscapes: The landscapes of British Cemeteries over the last 4 centuries Presented by Kate Harwood


The talk covers the development of cemeteries, and since 1902, of crematoria, and their differing landscapes addressing different purposes. The design of these, from Vanbrugh’s enthusiasm for the Indian cemeteries he had seen, to the modern natural burial, includes many overseas influences. Context from Buenos Aires to Surat, from Stockholm to Cape Town is provided. […]


William Wilshere, a Hitchin lawyer, and his garden 1790-1824 Presented by Bridget Howlett

The Village Hall, Woolmer Green The Village Hall, Hall Lane, Woolmer Green, United Kingdom

This talk is based on William Wilshere’s Farm and Gardening Memoranda, spanning the years 1809 to 1824, supplemented by information from his cash books, bills and a journal and planting book started by his gardener, James Bowie, in 1812. Bowie left Wilshere in August 1814 when he was sent by Sir Joseph Banks on a […]

£5.00 – £8.00

The Garden at Temple Dinsley: The genius of Sir Edwin Lutyens

The Village Hall, Woolmer Green The Village Hall, Hall Lane, Woolmer Green, United Kingdom

Temple Dinsley has a long and varied history from the settlement of the Knight’s Templar in the 12th century. It is at present being converted into private flats and dwellings. The highlight of the garden’s history is the work carried out by Sir Edwin Lutyens for the Fenwick family, starting in 1909. The planting may […]

£5 – £8

Visit to Luton Hoo Walled Garden

Luton Hoo Walled Garden Luton, Beds, United Kingdom

This stunning five-acre octagonal walled garden at the heart of the Luton Hoo Estate was designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in the late 1760s for John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute. Bute was a friend and briefly Prime Minister to George 3rd and a noted botanist. Over the intervening centuries the garden evolved and reflected the changing […]


Study Day – Charles Bridgeman: Pioneer of the Naturalistic Landscape

Hastoe Village Hall, Tring, Herts Hastoe Village Hall, Tring

Despite being a popular designer in the early 18th century, Bridgeman’s place in garden history and many of his landscapes remained neglected over time. Although not so well-known as his illustrious successors, Capability Brown and Humphrey Repton, Bridgeman can be safely claimed as the first landscape designer of note to adopt a more naturalistic style […]

£45 – £50

Cancelled The Swiss Garden

Swiss Cottage

Following a successful Zoom lecture for us during lockdown, we are very pleased that Corinne Price will take us on a guided walk round the Swiss Garden, belonging to the Shuttleworth Collection near Biggleswade. Created in the 1820s for Lord Ongley, this nine-acre site was designed in the in the ‘Swiss Picturesque’ style and is […]

£21 – £23

The Gardens at St Paul’s Waldenbury

St Pauls Waldenbury

The gardens, which contain several Grade 1 listed features were laid out in the early 17th century as woodland with temples and statues. The patte d’oie, or goose foot design of avenues with connecting allées, allow views which flow out into the surrounding countryside. Edward Gilbert bought the estate in 1700, building the house in […]

£15 – £17

AGM 2024

Greys Farm Therfield Road, Royston, United Kingdom

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