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Festival of the Garden

Festival of the Garden: The Culture of Place

Friday 28 & Saturday 29 July

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:

£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.

Visit our online shop 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.

The Cafe is also serving a special afternoon tea that you can book ahead for.

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