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.