Other Events

Other Events, mainly from other local organisations.

Online Lecture – The Beth Chatto Gardens, Past, Present & Future - Tuesday March 8, 2022 18:00 - 19:15


Online Speaker David Ward Organised by FOLAR – a lively Friends group dedicated to raising the profile fnd use of the Landscape Institute archive and library housed at The Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL)

Who was Beth Chatto and what inspired her to create a series of gardens and a perennial plant nursery?  David Ward has been working at these gardens for 38 years, and has witnessed and been hands on shaping the growth and development of the different garden zones – from wet to dry, open to exposed.  How will the character and dynamics of this garden continue without its original maker? What difference does it make to this garden having it on Historic England’s register?

Dr Chris Gibson states that Beth’s mantra of ‘Right Plant, Right Place’ is not just about the practice of gardening plants. It is also reference to the network of beneficiaries of the right plants in the right places – insects, birds, mammals, indeed the whole spectrum of biodiversity. All gardens support wildlife, but some are better than others, and he believe because of the steps we have taken towards sustainability, this garden is better than most. This talk will look at some of the wildlife surprises in our garden, and the steps we have taken to improve it still further.

David Ward is the Garden and Nursery Director at The Beth Chatto Gardens and Trustee of the Beth Chatto Education Trust. He trained at the Norfolk College of Agriculture and Horticulture and Merrist Wood College, studying nursery practice and worked on various wholesale and retail nurseries in the UK and Holland. He joined Beth in 1983 and became Propagation Manager. He assisted at four Chelsea Gold Medal exhibits and recently contributed extra chapters to reprints of Beth Chatto’s Drought-resistant planting, Beth Chatto’s Woodland Garden and The Green Tapestry revisited. 

Dr Chris Gibson is an experienced naturalist who worked his whole career in the statutory wing of nature conservation. Since taking early retirement, he has continued to promote wildlife, especially in Essex, and for the past year has been proud to act as the Beth Chatto Gardens Wildlife Advocate, advising and enthusing staff and visitors alike of the biodiversity riches to be found in a sustainably managed garden: showing the world what is possible is an important step to changing hearts and minds.

Part of a series of 21 online lectures, £5.00 Click the following link to buy a ticket. https://www.folar.uk/events/why-so-special-insights-into-21-iconic-post-war-designed-and-listed-gardens-and-landscapes

Online Event – Denman’s Garden - Tuesday March 15, 2022 18:00 - 19:15


Online Speaker Barbara Simms & Gwendolyn van Paasschen

Organised by FOLAR – a lively Friends group dedicated to raising the profile fnd use of the Landscape Institute archive and library housed at The Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL)

In 1980 John Brookes moved to Denmans, a West Sussex property that became not only his home but also his garden design school and experimental garden. The first part of this talk details the early history of the nineteenth-century site, once the home of the Denman family, and then the development of a market garden and later an ornamental garden by the Robinsons in the early post-war decades. Mrs Robinson’s innovative gravel garden formed the basis of Brookes’s garden, which introduced a stronger design, a pool to culminate the dry gravel streams and additional native and exotic plants. These experiments paralleled the design and planting concepts used in his clients’ gardens and those he outlined in articles, lectures and his books. In the four years before Brookes’s death in March 2018, Denmans went through a critical and potentially high-risk period. The second part of this talk focuses on the efforts to restore the garden starting in December 2017, how these efforts evolved after Brookes’s death and, looking to the future, what historic resources will be used to help create a conservation plan for the future.

Dr Barbara Simms is a garden and landscape historian, who has been Course Director of the MA in Garden and Landscape History at the Institute of Historical Research since its inception in 2014.  She was chair of London Parks & Gardens Trust (2002-8), a trustee of The Garden Museum (2002-14), and chair of Parks & Gardens UK (2012-18). She has been editor of Garden History, the journal of The Gardens Trust (previously the Garden History Society) since 2004. Dr Simms’s interest in the history, conservation and interpretation of gardens of the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries has led to the completion of research commissions on post-war landscapes, journal articles and the publication of two books, Eric Lyons and Span (2006) and John Brookes, Garden and Landscape Designer (2007).

Gwendolyn van Paasschen is a garden designer and writer. Having worked with John Brookes on a major multi-year project in Upstate New York, she helped him write his memoir, A Landscape Legacy (Pimpernel Press, 2018), and now is chairman of the John Brookes-Denmans Foundation (JBDF) which she co-founded in 2017. The JBDF is dedicated to perpetuating John Brookes’s design legacy and to the renovation and preservation of Denmans Garden, his garden in West Sussex. She currently owns and runs Denmans Garden, which includes a plant centre and retail space. She is also a contributor to the Georgetown Dish, a daily news and entertainment site, writing occasional articles about gardening and garden design.  Ms van Paasschen has compiled and edited How to Design a Garden, a forthcoming book of writings by John Brookes, published by Pimpernel Press (October 2021).

Part of a series of 21 online lectures, £5.00 each

Click the following link to buy a ticket.

https://www.folar.uk/events/why-so-special-insights-into-21-iconic-post-war-designed-and-listed-gardens-and-landscapes


Online Event – Shute House (tbc) - Tuesday March 29, 2022 18:00 - 19:15


Online Speaker Kate Felus

Organised by FOLAR – a lively Friends group dedicated to raising the profile fnd use of the Landscape Institute archive and library housed at The Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL)

Shute House – with Kate Felus.

Part of a series of 21 online lectures, £5.00 each

Click the following link to buy a ticket.

https://www.folar.uk/events/why-so-special-insights-into-21-iconic-post-war-designed-and-listed-gardens-and-landscapes