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Devon Garden History Forum

Date & Time of Event: 
Saturday, 21 March, 2015 (All day)


Saturday 21st March 2015  |  Rowe Hall, The Mint Methodist Centre, Exeter, EX4 3AT

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The Devon History Society in conjunction with the Devon Gardens Trust would like to invite you to this inaugural conference at which we hope to see the formation of a Devon Garden History Forum for those interested in the history of gardens, gardeners, designers and plants in Devon.

The aims of the Forum are:

  • To co-ordinate historical research among the members
  • To share information about research in progress
  • To develop skills and expertise in garden history research
  • To identify priorities for future research topics (e.g. icehouses, nurseries)
  • To design and undertake research on priority topics.

Participation in the Forum is open to any individuals and groups with an interest in Devon garden history including those working in historic properties as gardeners, curators or archivists and planning and conservation officers. We hope that future informal meetings will follow this Forum.

Provisional Programme for the Day

10.30 ~ Registration and Coffee
11.00 ~ Introduction
11.10 ~ Keynote Speaker - Tim Richardson

Tim RichardsonTim Richardson will give a talk based on his recent book ‘The New English Garden ‘which covers 25 gardens ‘’made or remade within the last 10 years’’ He will concentrate on trends and themes in naturalistic planting design, including work by Piet Oudolf, Tom Stuart-Smith, Dan Pearson and the Sheffield School, bringing the story right up to date.

Tim is a garden writer, historian and critic and the author of a number of books. He writes regularly for the Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, Garden Illustrated, Country Life and other publications. He is a council member of the Garden History Society and sits on the gardens advisory panel of the National Trust. He is also founder-director of the Chelsea Fringe Festival.

12.15 ~ Linden Groves – The work of the Gardens Trusts
1.00 ~  Buffet Lunch
2.00 ~ Current Garden History Research in Devon – brief presentations by groups and individuals on work in progress
3.00 ~ Plans for the future – how we would like to see a Devon Garden History Forum develop (discussion)
4.00 ~  Finish

Cost:  £18 to include lunch, refreshments and conference papers.  Download a booking form here.

Enquiries to: Clare Greener, 26 Linden Road, Dawlish EX7 9QA  claregreener@talktalk.net    01626 867700
Julia Neville, 18 Summer Close, Exeter, EX4 8BX  j.f.neville@btinternet.com  01392 461157