Festival of the Garden 2017

Festival of the Garden: The Culture of Place

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What is it about a place that makes us like it?
Join us at Charleston, 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, known for his work which expresses cerebral conception through supremely beautiful execution.

What makes a place interesting and engaging? Can the garden, whether ancient or modern, tell a story, and if so what can this narrative mean for us? How do we go about expressing ourselves through our gardens and outdoor spaces? 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 by Pelham Plants in association with The Garden House, cream teas and free demonstrations by local craftspeople on the skills and traditional practices of hedge-laying, bee-keeping and green timber.

Festival of the Garden 2017 events:

  • Wild Lands with Charlie Burrell | Friday 28 July (12pm – 1pm)
  • Landscape and Emotion with architect Kim Wilkie | Friday 28 July (2pm – 3pm)
  • John Watkins, Reviving the Past, Gardens as Living History | Friday 28 July (4pm – 5pm)
  • The Culture of Gardening with Tom Stuart-Smith | Friday 28 July (6pm – 7pm)
  • Faded Glories with photographer Rachel Warne | Saturday 29 July (11am – 11.45am)
  • The Magic Of Dixter with Fergus Garrett | Saturday 29 July (12pm – 1pm)
  • Gravetye Manor, The Development of an Historic Garden with Tom Coward | Saturday 29 July (2pm – 3pm)
  • Hidden Nature with Alys Fowler | Saturday 29 July (4pm – 5pm)
  • The Garden at Charleston with Peter Owen-Jones, Dr Darren Clarke, and Mark Divall, chaired by Tom Stuart-Smith | Saturday 29 July (6pm – 7pm)
  • Poetry in the Walled Garden with Andrew Wincott and Emerald O’Hanrahan | Saturday 29 July (7.30pm – 8.30pm)

£12 per event/£10 concessions

Free Traditional Craft Demonstrations

Beyond the exciting events programme, Charleston Centenary Garden will play host to a varied programme of landscape-based demonstrations and talks. Funded by the Heritage Lottery, these talks by industry professionals will give great insight into the restoration and conservation of our barns, the Centenary building project and other local crafts relevant to Charleston’s history.

The following talks and demonstrations are free – but please book a place.

  • Hedgelaying and the South Downs | Friday 28 July (1.30pm – 3pm)
  • Conservation with Flint with David Smith from The Flintman Company | Friday 28 July (3.30pm – 5pm)
  • Bees and Beekeeping – helping bees with Amanda Millar, President of the Sussex Beekeepers’ Association (SBKA) | Saturday 29 July (1.30pm – 3pm)
  • Timber Building Conservation with Kyle Dumka (PG Dip, BSc Hons) from Manorwood | Saturday 29 July (3,30pm – 5pm)

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