Festival of the Garden: The Culture of Place

Friday 28 & Saturday 29 July

What makes a place?
Charleston is the perfect setting for a series of talks that seek to address this question.

Curated by landscape designer and eight times Chelsea Gold Medallist Tom Stuart-Smith

What makes a place interesting and engaging? Can the garden, whether it be ancient or modern, tell a story and how is that narrative framed? How do we go about finding an appropriate design language for a garden? 8 talks by leading gardeners, designers, ecologists, campaigners and writers will explore this fascinating territory over two days. There will also be a plant stall, cream teas and free demonstrations by local craftspeople on skills as diverse as hedge-laying, bee-keeping and green timber.













With events including:
Wild Lands with Charlie Burrell | Friday 28th July (12:00 – 13:00)
Landscape and Emotion with architect Kim Wilkie | Friday 28th July (14:00 – 15:00)
Faded Glories with photographer Rachel Warne | Friday 28th July (16:00 – 17:00)
The Culture of Gardening with Tom Stuart-Smith | Friday 28th July (18:00 – 19:00)
Gravetye Manor, The Development of an Historic Garden with Tom Coward | Saturday 29th July (12:00 – 13:00)
The Magic Of Dixter with Fergus Garrett | Saturday 29th July (14:00 – 15:00)
The Garden at Charleston with Peter Owen-Jones, Dr Darren Clarke, and Mark Divall, chaired by Tom Stuart-Smith | Saturday 29th July (18:00 – 19:00)
Hidden Nature with Alys Fowler | Saturday 29th July (16:00 – 17:00)
Poetry in the Walled Garden with Andrew Wincott and Emerald O’Hanrahan | Saturday 29th July (19:30 – 20:30)

£12 per event/£10 concessions

Vanessa Bell Floristry workshop with Carllson & Co | Friday 28th July (10:00 – 16:00)

£120 full price / £110 friends price


Photos by Marcus Harpur


Visit our online shop now for a range of garden related products, including The Garden at Charleston, a beautiful book by leading documentary and botanical photographer, Sue Snell, which captures the garden through the seasons.