The Evolution & Origins of Plants

Gardens Trust 12-week online course with a slant towards the questions ‘where did the plants in my garden come from and ‘why do they look this way?’, presented by Dr Mark Spencer, formerly at the Natural History Museum, and now the Hon. Botany Curator at the Linnean Society of London. 90-mins (max) sessions, Wednesday afternoons, 2pm – 3.30pm, starting on 9th September. £60  To book

Chelsea Physic Garden: Tree Identification Seminar: Fruits & Seeds

Friday 9 October, 10am-4pm, 66 Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4HS

Letta Jones seminar to help identify trees more easily and get to know more about special specimens within The Garden. It starts in the classroom with a practical session studying seeds, fruits and other details of trees helpful with identification, then there is a tree walk in the Chelsea Physic Garden to put into practice all you have learned. £100 inc. materials, lunch, refreshments and Garden entry.  To book

Chelsea Physic Garden: Get To Know Our Glasshouses

Tuesday 27 October, 2020 at 11:30am, £35, Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4HS Glasshouse Manager Jess Snowball leads a fascinating tour of the garden’s historic glasshouses, home to scores of exotic plants.  To book

Garden Museum: Oudolf vs Robinson: exploring styles in naturalistic planting

Tuesday 17 November, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Venue: The Garden Museum, London. £25; £20 Friends. Info and booking

Piet Oudolf’s ‘New Perennial Movement’ has had a huge impact on the way we garden in the West, with a ‘naturalistic’ planting style that has permeated stately homes and public spaces alike. The British Isles boasts their own rich tradition of naturalistic planting, pre-dating Oudolf and his cohort by a century or so and led by William Robinson (1838-1935) whose writings and gardening practice sought to showcase the natural grace of wildflowers and mimic their patterns of growth in the wild. Drawing on their own experience as gardeners and plantsmen Mat Reese and Rory Dusoir will undertake a lively discussion in an attempt to illuminate the key differences and similarities between the two traditions which both continue to have vital importance today.

Birkbeck Garden History Group: Monthly Covid 19 Garden Quiz

https://birkbeckgardenhistorygroup.wordpress.com/covid-19-gardens-quiz/

IHR History of Landscape and Gardens Seminar

Events yet to be announced. History and the Environment series of seminars planned.

Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR, North block, Senate House unless otherwise stated, Thursdays 18:00; Contact: gardenhistory.ihr@gmail.com

https://www.history.ac.uk/seminars/history-gardens-and-landscapes

English Heritage blogs on gardens:

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/inspire-me/historic-gardens/