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

The Golden Afternoon of Gardens and Artists

The decades before the First World War are often referred to as the Golden Afternoon of gardening. They were also the Golden Afternoon of garden painting. Over five weeks David Marsh and Caroline Holmes will celebrate artists such as Gertrude Jeykll and the Essenhigh Corkes, and those lesser-known painters whose vivid depictions of traditional formal gardens, vibrant cottage gardens, and even memorial gardens so evocatively bring to life the colours, scents and moods of the gardens of the early 20th century.

Tuesdays, from 2 March, 10am. Tickets: £5 for a single talk, or £20 for all five. See

Dorset GT and the GT: Plant-hunting in the Himalayas

Mark Bobin, Head Gardener at Minterne House in Dorset, will tell the fascinating story of his expedition to North-East India to study rhododendrons and the surroundings in which they thrive. The aim was to climb the hills of Mipi in the Himalayas, an area famous for its unexplored natural lakes, and its wild fauna and flora. Mark describes the many twists and turns of his adventure and reveals how not everything went according to plan.

Saturday, 13 March, 10.30am. Tickets: £5. See

Essex GT and the GT: Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Improvement Garden at Stockwood Park, Luton

Kate Harwood will talk about the myths and classical references that inspired Ian Hamilton Finlay's Improvement Garden at Stockwood Park. It is not a garden of horticultural extravagance but of ideas and subtle hints, blending planting, architecture and sculpture to extraordinary effect. Today it is widely considered to be the most important example of Finlay’s work in England.

Saturday, 20 March, 10.30am. Tickets: £5. See

Ticket holders for these talks will have access to a recording of the talk for seven days after the live session.

England’s Post-war Designed Landscapes: Rediscovered and Revalued

Friday, 19 February, 10.30am - Housing Landscapes: An Abundance of Green and Open Spaces with Dr. Luca Csepely-Knorr and Karen Fitzsimon
Friday, 26 February, 10.30am – Post-war Gardens: Structure and the Pretties, their Recognition and Care with Deborah Evans
Friday, 5 March, 10.30am – Late 20th Century English University Landscapes with Hal Moggridge

London GT and GT: Transatlantic Slavery's Long Reach: The Impacts of Direct and Indirect Slavery Connections on Eighteenth Century Estate Gardens and Parks in Britain.

Monday, 22 February, 6pm - Dr Susanne Seymour will look at the range of direct and indirect economic, social, political and cultural impacts of slavery connections on landed estates, with a particular focus on Moccas Park in Herefordshire, and Welbeck and Thoresby Parks in Nottinghamshire.


Portraits, Politics and Passion

Tuesday, 16 February, 10am – Winston Churchill at Chartwell
Tuesday, 23 February, 10am – Cedric Morris at Benton End

Unforgettable Gardens

Wednesday, 17 February, 7pm – Charles Hamilton at Painshill
Wednesday, 24 February, 7pm – John Aislabie at Studley Royal

The next series of talks on Unforgettable Gardens starts on 10 March with Monet’s garden at Giverny and how its meticulous restoration provides the canvas to explore the man, his paintings and his garden. Other talks in the series are on the Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth, a rare example of a late Regency landscape, and the gloriously timeless Heale Garden in Wiltshire.

Please keep an eye on our website or follow the Gardens Trust on Eventbrite for further information on this series and to book tickets.

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