• Clinton Lodge, Fletching
  • Coates Manor, Fittleworth
  • Isfield Place
  • The Oast House, Isfield
  • Pashley Manor
  • "Hot Bed of Unrest" at Turners House (left) and Old Vicarage (centre and right), both Nr Heathfield
  • Wakehurst Place
  • Clinton Lodge, Fletching

The 2017 Lecture Series has now concluded but we plan to arrange a further series in the aerly months of 2018.

For infomation, details of the 2017 series is shown below.

In 2016 our lecture series on Garden History proved very successful. For the early months of 2017 we have organised a shorter series of three lectures exploring the role of planting in garden design from the 16th century to the early 20th century, looking at the new plants coming into Britain from abroad and the impact of nurseries on the supply of plants. The speakers we have chosen are experts in their field and the lectures will appeal to members at all levels of interest. The lectures will take place at Clair Hall in Haywards Heath (which has good facilities, ample free car parking for attendees, and is close to the railway station).

£45 for all 3 lectures


  • Mon 6 Feb 2017 1.45-3.45pm.The plants and planting design of Gertrude Jekyll”. Lecturer - Richard Bisgrove

Richard Bisgrove, landscape designer, author of The Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll and William Robinson: Wild Gardener and former Course Director in Landscape Management at the University of Reading, will talk about the planting designs and favoured plants of Gertrude Jekyll, within the context of late Victorian and Edwardian gardens.

 Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll


  • Mon 27 Feb 2017 1.45-3.45pm. “Patent elms, pineapples and pears – nursery gardening in West London 1650-1800”. Lecturer - Val Bott

Val Bott has been studying the heyday of nursery gardening in the parishes along the Thames – Chiswick, Brentford, Isleworth – where garden grounds were well located for river and road transport. This community of gardeners shared their expertise and were linked by ties of business and marriage, but as London grew most nurseries became market gardens, supplying food rather than plants, until they disappeared under new suburban housing.

 James Scott Nursery web size


  • Mon 13 Mar 2017 1.45-3.45pm. “The Plant Hunters and their impact on British gardening”. Lecturer - Dr David Marsh

Dr David Marsh is a convenor of the History of Gardens and Landscapes seminar at the Institute of Historical Research and a Trustee of the Gardens Trust and of Parks & Gardens UK. Britain has only a few hundred indigenous plants, and most of the trees, shrubs and flowers we take for granted in our gardens have been imported from elsewhere in the world. This talk will explore the exploits of the plant hunters, their links with the nursery trade and the impact on garden design of the new plants being introduced from abroad.

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