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2019 Winter Lecture Series -
Head Gardeners and the Challenges of Maintaining Historic Gardens

Lectures are held at either (see details for location):
THE LEATHERHEAD INSTITUTE
67 HIGH STREET, LEATHERHEAD KT22 8AH

WILFRED NOYCE CENTRE
CROWN COURT CARPARK, GODALMING GU7 1DY

2.30PM (followed by refreshments)

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23 February 2019
Joe whelan
Nymans

£9 MEMBERS
£12 NON MEMBERS (IN ADVANCE)

historic garden management in the 21st century

Joe will explore some of the challenges and opportunities facing historic garden management such as increasing visitor numbers, climate change, garden restoration and maintaining spirit of place. Ludwig Messel acquired Nymans in 1870 and with the help of his head gardener, James Comber, transformed its gardens. Joe has worked in horticulture for 10 years in a range of disciplines including design, fruit and vegetable production and historic garden restoration. He was appointed Head Gardener at Nymans in April 2018.

Lecture at The Leatherhead Institute

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9 March 2019
David Standing
Selborne

£9 MEMBERS
£12 NON MEMBERS (IN ADVANCE)

discovering gilbert white’s garden

Selborne was the home of Gilbert White (1720-1793) parson-naturalist, ecologist and author of The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne in the County of Southampton (1789). David Standing’s talk follows his progress in unearthing (quite literally) the layout of Gilbert White’s 18th century garden which had been almost lost in the intervening centuries. David has degrees in both geography and environmental planning. He was the Head Gardener at Selborne for 38 years, retiring in 2017.

Lecture at Wilfrid Noyce, Godalming

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13 april 2019
russell dixon
great Fosters

£9 MEMBERS
£12 NON MEMBERS (IN ADVANCE)

the alchemy of gardening

Russell Dixon talks about his nearly three decades long involvement with the Grade II* listed gardens of Great Fosters Hotel. Great Fosters history encompasses links with Royalty and show business spanning from the 16th century to its creation as the first country house hotel in the 1930s. The current garden is based on the Arts & Craft design by W H Romaine Walker and Gilbert Jenkins in the early 1900s, extensively restored and extended by Kim Wilkie after the Great Storm of 1987. Russell began his career at Great Fosters as a gardener, soon becoming Head Gardener then Estate Manager.

Lecture at The Leatherhead Institute
 

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