Latest online lectures...

The Gardens Trust and fellow county gardens trusts are seeking to entertain us during this latest period of lockdown

Garden Archaeology

Archaeology is the study of the past through its material remains, or as someone wittily put it: archaeology is rubbish. But that vital evidence on the ground is used to inform future restoration projects and conservation management plans.

The Gardens Trust are running an exciting new series of online talks exploring garden archaeology. Our distinguished and popular speakers Mark Newman, an Archaeological Consultant at the National Trust, and Stephen Wass from Polyolbion Archaeology will be reporting on current and on-going archaeology at various sites with a particular interest in the seventeenth century.

We will be discovering what garden archaeology is and how it is done, as well as looking at various sites such as the water gardens at Packwood House, Seaton Delaval and Beningbrough Halls and some lost wonders in Oxfordshire.

Join us for this series of 5 online talks which starts on Tuesday April 6th @ 10; £20 for the series, or £5 for an individual session. The talks will all be recorded and available for a week. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/garden-archaeology-tickets-145739700367

Unforgettable Gardens

April’s series is organised in partnership with the Welsh Garden Trust, who will present a handful of their most Unforgettable Gardens: Hafod, described as the finest example in Europe of a landscape designed purely in the style of the Picturesque; Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens, which have undergone a dramatic transformation taking the near-derelict property back to its former nineteenth-century splendour. The sixteenth-century cloister garden at Aberglasny, star of the 1999 TV series A Garden Lost in Time; and the Waun Las National Nature Reserve, a Regency period landscape created in the late 18th and early 19th century for William Paxton that is being restored by the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Wednesdays, 7pm, from 7 April. Tickets: £5 for a single talk, or £16 for all four. Ticket holders will have access to a recording of the talk for seven days after the live session. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unforgettable-gardens-wales-tickets-14476...

Other Voices in Garden History

The diverse range of topics and speakers in this series of illustrated lectures will celebrate some of the voices usually absent from the legacy of empire, colonialism and enslavement. It will offer a new range of perspectives on the history of gardens and landscapes that fill gaps in our collective knowledge, and explore new ways of engaging with the whole history of gardens, landscapes and horticulture.

Mondays, 6pm, from 12 April. Tickets: £5 for a single talk, or £40 for all ten (£15 for students). Ticket holders will have access to a recording of the talk for seven days after the live session. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/other-voices-in-garden-history-tickets-13...

The Essex GT and the GT: The University of Oxford Botanic Garden: 400 Years of Gardening and Botany

The University of Oxford can lay claim to the oldest botanic garden in Britain, now in its 400th year. Since 1621, the Oxford Botanic Garden has stood on the banks of the River Cherwell in the centre of Oxford. Timothy Walker will describe how it has evolved from a collection of medicinal herbs for seventeenth-century physicians into the most compact, diverse collection of plants in the world, where the 4,500 species that can be seen in its 4½ acres support teaching and research at Oxford and beyond.

Saturday, 17 April, 10.30am. Tickets: £5. Ticket holders will have access to a recording of the talk for seven days after the live session. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/university-of-oxford-botanic-garden-400-y...

The Dorset Gardens Trust and the GT: The Gardening Mind

The garden is often seen as a refuge, a place to forget worldly cares, removed from the “real” life that lies outside. In this talk, Sue Stuart-Smith, a distinguished psychiatrist and avid gardener, will offer an uplifting insight into the healing effects of gardening, and its ability to decrease stress and foster mental well-being in our everyday lives.

Friday, 23 April, 6.30pm. Tickets: £5. Ticket holders will have access to a recording of the talk for seven days after the live session. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-gardening-mind-tickets-142129905373?a...

The Kent GT and the GT: Why Our Gardens Should Change: Adapting Our Gardens for Insects.

Professor Dave Goulson will explain why insects are disappearing fast and will suggest how we can all help to tackle this crisis, by turning our gardens and urban greenspaces into oases for life. He will recommend the many things we should do, and the things we should avoid, to welcome bumblebees, butterflies, and a plethora of other wildlife into our gardens and into our lives.

Tuesday, 27 April, 7pm. Tickets: £5. Ticket holders will have access to a recording of the talk for seven days after the live session. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/why-our-gardens-should-change-adapting-ou...

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