Lecture by Peter Edwards 'The History of the Morrell Estate in Oxford', 12th April 2019
OGT member Peter Edwards talks about the history of the estate and its transformation from neo-aristocratic park and garden to public education, parks and recreation.
Visit to Turn End Garden, Townside, Haddenham HP17 8BG, 4th May 2019, 10 30-12 30am
Owners and designers Mr and Mrs Aldington introduce us to this Grade II-listed, post-war garden, after which you are free to explore its courtyards, pools, woodland, curved glade and series of garden rooms. Heather Hunter’s print studio will be open. Plants and a book about Turn End for sale (cash/cheque only). £10 members, £15 guests; minimum 10, maximum 50.
Visit to Meadow Farm (10 30am-12 30pm) & Morton Hall Gardens (2 00pm), Worcs, 16th May 2019
MEADOW FARM, 33 Droitwich Rd, Feckenham, B96 6RU Introduction from the owners, Rob and Diane Cole, followed by a tour of the garden, a walk in the meadow and the opportunity to buy plants. MORTON HALL GARDENS, Morton Hall Ln, Redditch B96 6SJ Guided tour of the Charles Cheshire-designed garden, by the owner, Mrs Olivieri, followed by tea and cake in the orangery. £22 members, £27 guests. Min 20; max 28.
AGM & visit to Foxcombe Hall, Boars Hill, Oxford OX1 5HR, 8th June 2019
10am AGM (free). 11am: Talks from James Mackintosh, Heritage Consultant, on Foxcombe’s history and Anthony Pettorino, architect for Peking University projects, on its restoration and expansion, followed by tours of house and garden. Max 30. £15 members, £20 guests, inc. sandwich lunch and glass of wine/juice.
Visit to Thame Park, Thame Park Rd., Thame OX9 3PU, 21st June 2019
6pm. FULLY BOOKED. Rescheduled visit from 2018: Bookings retained from previous year; please check website nearer the date for any returns.
Visit to Green & Gorgeous Cutting Garden, Little Stoke, OX10 6AX, 9th July 2019
2.30–4.30pm. Fabulous cutting garden, which in summer will be filled withroses, sweet peas, stocks, delphiniums and campanula, with meadow flowersin the field. Introductory talk, tea/cold drink and biscuits; plant/flower sales. £12 members, £17 guests.
Visit to Crockmore House, Henley-on-Thames RG9 6HY, 7th September 2019
Visit to Crockmore House, Fawley, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 6HY 2.30-4.30pm. Short talk followed by guided tour by the owner, Julia Kirkham, of this Christopher Bradley-Hole-designed garden, when the grasses for which it is known are at their best, followed by tea and cakes. Max 40. £15 Members, £20 guests.
Lecture by Helen Langley 'Cliveden and Ditchley: a case of relative values?' 20th September 2019
Helen Langley, historian and curator, reveals the connections between these two great estates, both worked on by architect Paul Phipps and planter/designer Norah Lindsay.
Lecture by Dame Ottoline Leyser 'Thinking like a vegetable – how plants think what to do', 18th October 2019
Dame Ottoline Leyser, the Professor of Plant Development and Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, reveals how plants adjust their growth and development to suit their environmental conditions and nutrient supply.
Lecture by Professor Sir Roderick Floud 'Purchasing Paradise: the money that financed great gardens', 15th November 2019
Economic and social historian Professor Sir Roderick Floud talks about gardening as an economic activity – the labour and time it consumes, the trades that provide for it, the output of flowers and vegetables, as well as the origins of the money that financed many great gardens.
Lecture by Fiona Stafford 'The long, life of trees – and the brief lives of flowers', 6th December 2019
Fiona Stafford, Fellow & Tutor in English Literature (Somerville) and Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford, will speak about the diversity of trees and their cultural and natural history and about the subject of her latest book, The Brief Life of Flowers. This lecture is preceded by OGT’s Christmas Party.