The Gardens Trust – Join us this Autumn for two new online series:

• A pair of lectures on the extraordinary botanical art of Japanese graphic designer Hisui Sugiura, starting at 10am on 31st October (this Tuesday)

• Four talks on American Modernism in the garden, exploring how 20th century designers from the two continents looked for inspiration to the historical, political and cultural context of their sites. With Dr Katie Campbell, one of our most popular speakers. Tuesday mornings from 14th November

Our series on Head Gardeners at Historic Sites continues on Wednesdays at 6pm. This week (1st November) we are joined by Frances Tophill, head gardener at the Sharpham estate in Devon, and well-known for her appearances on BBC TV’s Gardeners World. In the following weeks, we’ll hear about the joys and challenges of the role from three more young head gardeners: Seamus O’Brien from Kilmacurragh botanical gardens in County Wicklow, Kate White from Branklyn Gardens in Perth and Debbie Crombie from Belsay Hall in Northumberland.

Our 13th annual New Research Symposium is happening online on Saturday 25 November from 5pm to 7pm. Tickets are FREE and give access to four short talks from international researchers, on the garden conservation of Mouton’s les Jardins in Lafayette, Louisiana; bucolic imagery in Polish theatre design in the eighteenth century; Luther Burbank and his Santa Rosa ‘garden of invention’; and an exploration of the work of ‘the first teacher of landscape architecture in China’, Sun Xiaoxiang.

Save the Date

We’ll be hosting a special Christmas lecture with Gardens Trust vice-president and former chair, Dr James Bartos, on his acclaimed new book The Ornamental Wilderness in the English Garden online on Wednesday 13th December. A recording of the lecture will be available for ticket holders to view throughout the Christmas period. Tickets available later this week!

Further Ahead

Join us in January for a sociable glass of wine and a lively debate on ‘Why Garden History?’ with a panel of historians, landscape architects and conservation and heritage professionals highlighting the inter-connections between research and conservation. On 29th January from 6.30pm on site at Cowcross Street in London – or follow the event live online via Zoom.

Please click  The Gardens Trust to see all talks and events


London Parks & Gardens

Our Winter Lecture Series returns in October 2023. Book the Full (ONLINE) Lecture Series before Monday 9 October (simply select each ONLINE Lecture) for a £5 discount (applied at checkout). Please follow this link for the full schedule.


Links to our neighbouring Garden Trust Friends

Warwickshire Gardens Trust

Northamptonshire Gardens Trust

Avon Gardens Trust

Berkshire Gardens Trust