Garden talks at Hidcote

From January to April, we will be hosting a series of talks about Hidcote and gardening. From understanding plant names to the creator of Hidcote himself, you are sure to leave Hidcote with an abundance of inspiration for your own garden.

Lawrence Johnston: The creator of Hidcote, Friday 26 January 10.30-11.30am

Graham Pearson, the archivist at Hidcote, will give an illustrated talk drawing upon new research carried out over the past ten years about Lawrence Johnston and how he created Hidcote, one of the most beautiful gardens in the world, which was in its heyday in the 1930s.

Planning the vegetable garden, Friday 2 February 10.30-11.30am

During this talk, given by Gillie one of Hidcote's senior gardeners, choosing what to grow, how to grow and successional planting so vegetables can be harvested throughout the year will be discussed. Come prepared to leave Hidcote full of ideas and inspiration for your own vegetable garden.

Planting for colour in the herbaceous border, Friday 16 February 10.30-11.30am

This talk presented by Sarah, Hidcote's assistant head gardener, will fill you with inspiration as you learn about how to use colour to enhance, add drama and interest to any border or area in your own garden.

The creation of Hidcote, Friday 23 February 10.30-11.30am

Hidcote is one of England's finest Arts & Crafts style gardens. This fascinating talk, given by Derek one of Hidcote's Garden Guides and Speakers, will look at how it was created and how it is being restored to it's 1930s heyday.

Garden design fundamentals, Friday 9 March 10.30-11.30am

This talk will give you the opportunity to go home full of ideas to start thinking about different design elements in your own garden. Garden Design Fundamentals will take a look at some of the fundamental principles of garden design, examples in real gardens (including examples at Hidcote) and how to apply them in your garden at home.

Understanding plant names, Friday 13 April 10.30-11.30am

If you've always been confounded by plant names then come along to this informative talk to learn the language of botanical Latin. You'll discover why a water lily isn't a lily but a tulip is, and that understanding the names of plants can teach you how to be a better gardener.

These talks will take place in our chapel with teas and coffees on arrival (from 10am) and will start promptly at 10.30am. All tickets are £30 each. Please note the gardens will only be open for the talks in March and April.

To book your place on any of these talks please ring 01386 438333.