Date(s) - 28/07/2018 - 29/07/2018

Charleston, Firle

Friday and Saturday July 28 and 29

Tickets £12 per event/concs £10

What is it about a place that makes us like it? This question is addressed in a series of talks at Charleston, the home of the artistic Bloomsbury Group. It’s curated by landscape gardener Tom Stuart-Smith, an eight times Chelsea Gold medallist who is known for his work expressing cerebral conception through supremely beautiful execution. Over the two days, there will be eight talks by leading gardeners, designers, ecologists, campaigners and writers who will explore themes of 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, and how do we go about expressing ourselves through our gardens and outdoor spaces? On the programme is Wild Lands with Charlie Burrell, Landscape and Emotion with architect Kim Wilkie, John Watkins talking on Reviving the Past and Gardens as Living History, The Culture of Gardening with Tom Stuart-Smith, Faded Glories with photographer Rachel Warne, The Magic of Dixter with Fergus Garrett, Gravetye Manor: The Development of an Historic Garden with Tom Coward. Hidden Nature with Alys Fowler, The Garden at Charleston with Peter Owen-Jones, Dr Darren Clarke and Mark Divall, and Poetry in the Walled Garden with Andrew Wincott and Emerald O’Hanrahan. 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.

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