Lecture by Rob Jacobs 26th October: Beatrix Havergal and Waterperry, their story and legacy

Lecture by Rob Jacobs, Garden Manager, Waterperry. In 1932 Beatrix Havergal founded Waterperry School of Horticulture, a residential horticultural college for women. She was a highly influential teacher and horticulturalist. Her influence lives on at Waterperry, 8 acres of beautifully landscaped ornamental gardens, that function as a teaching garden as well as a plant centre.

Lecture by Val Bott 16th November: Discovering West London Nursery Gardeners 1650-1850

Lecture by Val Bott MBE, an independent museum consultant and local West London historian. Her research on nursery gardeners has focused on Chiswick and surrounding areas between 1650 and 1850.

Lecture by Twigs Way 7th December: An Inducement to Early marriage? The Social History of the Allotment

Lecture by Twigs Way. This talk charts the rise and fall of Allotments (Shire Library), and the factors behind their most recent resurgence. Drawing on original documents and illustrations, Twigs Way explores the fascinating and surprising history of the allotment within the context of its social and political history.