Talk on Cottage Ornes, presented by the Dorset Gardens Trust

Date: October 19, 2021

Time: 2.30pm

Location: Cerne Abbas Village Hall

The term ‘cottage orné’ suggests to many people Marie Antoinette and her make-believe rural ensemble in the grounds of Versailles. It is in fact an English invention of the earlier 18th century, and arguably the only architectural style that covers the whole social spectrum. It originated in simple buildings for the rural poor and gradually ascended the social ladder, becoming ever more fanciful, until it was adopted not just by aristocrats but also royalty: George IV inevitably had the largest (Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park), while the Tsar had his oxymoronically-named Cottage Palace outside St Petersburg. Roger White, author of the definitive book on the subject (Yale University Press 2017) describes the architecture and social background of the style, with particular reference to surviving examples in Dorset and adjoining counties

Talk on Rousham Gardens

Date: October 12, 2021

Time: 19.00 -20.00

Location: Online

A talk at the Garden Museum, Lambeth, London , also available online

How I Built My Folly – by Alan Terrill

Date: May 23, 2021

Time: 14.30 -15.30

Location: Online

This is a repeat of the talk I gave to the FF last December, but this time for the Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust. The talk is free but you must email the Bucks Trust in advance to get on the list. If you missed the talk first time round, here's your chance to catch it again.
If you would like to book, please contact Rosemary Jury: events@bucksgardenstrust.org.uk

Rivington Terraced Gardens: Past Present and Future , a talk by Graham of the Friends of Rivington Garden.

Date: May 27, 2021

Time: 19.00

Location: Online

Unforgettable Gardens, Wales – Plas Cadnant by Anthony Tavernor

Date: April 14, 2021

Time: 19.00 -20.30

Location: Online

Just across the Menai Suspension Bridge that connects Anglesey to the North Wales mainland. lies Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens which under the ownership of have Anthony Tavernor have undergone a dramatic transformation over the last quarter of a century takings the near-derelict property back to their breath-taking former glory. The gardens containing contrasting formal and picturesque elements and extend to some 10 acres. Journey with through Plas Cadnant’s history from the early 19th Century, through to its decline and to the rediscovery and restoration of the gardens over the last 25 years. Also learn about the Boxing Day flood of 2015; Royal visit in 2017; and plans for the future of the gardens.

Stephen Wass – Recent Archaeological Discoveries at Stowe

Date: March 17, 2021

Time: 17.00

Location: Online

A talk by Warwickshire Gardens Trust

Follies of Gloucestershire

Date: March 8, 2021

Time: 19.00

Location: Online

Online talk by Jonatahn Holt on behalf of the Gloucestershire Landscape and Gardens Trust

Unforgettable Gardens – The Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth

Date: March 17, 2021

Time: 19.00 - 20.30

Location: Online

Online talk by Corinne Price on behalf on the Gardens Trust

Dinosaurs, Italian Terraces and Future Sustainability: Crystal Palace Park

Date: March 8, 2021

Time: 18.00 - 19.00

Location: Online

An online talk by Kathryn Whitmore on behalf of the London Gardens Trust