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LAST FEW TICKETS REMAINING: Join us at Gravetye Manor, the home of pioneering Victorian gardener William Robinson, for talks with head gardener Tom Coward and garden historian and design critique Tim Richardson.
In terms of England’s gardening heritage, Gravetye Manor is key. There's a feature on the garden in the May issue (197), and now we are offering readers the opportunity to discover for themselves more of the garden’s history and its glorious restoration that places it as one of the up-and-coming ‘new English gardens’.
Tucked deep in the Sussex countryside, Gravetye’s most notable past owner was William Robinson, an established garden writer, whose ideas for a more naturalistic approach to gardening – although quite controversial at the time – were put into practice at Gravetye.
Your day begins with head gardener Tom Coward and writer Tim Richardson talking about William Robinson and his gardening legacy. You’ll then enjoy a champagne reception and delicious three-course lunch from the hotel’s award-winning kitchen, followed by a guided tour of the gardens in the afternoon to consider how Robinson’s ideas worked in practice and see how Tom is developing the gardens for the 21st century. The day finishes on the terrace for a cup of tea and slice of cake.
Date 21 September 2013
Held at Gravetye Manor, Vowels Lane, West Hoathly, Sussex RH19 4LJ
The Day 9.45am-4.30pm
9.45am Arrival and coffee
10am Talk by Tim Richardson on The New English Garden
11.30am Head gardener Tom Coward talks about Gravetye past, present and future
12.45pm Champagne Taittinger reception followed by lunch
2.30pm Garden tours
4pm Tea and cake on the terrace
Your guest speakers Tim Richardson and Tom Coward
Tim Richardson is a writer and garden critic. his new book The New English Garden looks at those gardens made – or remade – in the last decade that define England’s current garden style.
Tom Coward worked at Great Dixter before becoming Gravetye’s head gardener. His focus is to conserve Robinson’s work while progressing the garden in a continued spirit of experimentation.
Tickets cost £125 To book call 0844 815 5853* and quote 'GMANOR13'
Places are limited so early booking is essential.
Three-course lunch and champagne included in the price. Please advise of any dietary or special access requirements.
NOTE Guests are responsible for their own travel.
Gravetye Manor is offering Reader Day guests a special price on accommodation for stays of 1 or 2 nights prior to, or after the event. Contact the hotel for full details on 01342 810567 and quote 'Gardens Illustrated'.
* Calls to this number from a BT landline will cost no more than 5p per minute. Calls from mobiles and other providers may vary. Overseas readers should call +44 1795 412889.