Horticultural Expert Shares Experience of Some of UK’s Greatest Gardens

The Cornwall Garden Society’s (CGS) December lectures will be delivered by Alan Power who has managed some of the most beautiful gardens and estates in the country – notably Mount Stewart in Northern Ireland, Hidcote Manor in Gloucestershire and Stourhead in Wiltshire.

Mount Stewart is the 19th century house and garden that was formerly the Irish seat of the Marquesses of Londonderry, which is now owned by the National Trust. The garden is unique and of rare quality, being one of the few late compartmentalised Arts and Crafts-like gardens. It has been voted one of the top ten gardens in the world.

Hidcote Manor is also a National Trust-owned Arts and Crafts garden. Created by the American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston, its colourful and intricately-designed outdoor ‘rooms’ are full of surprises.

When Stourhead first opened in the 1740s, it was described as a living work of art with its magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, mystical grottoes and rare and exotic trees. It has been part-owned by the National Trust since 1946.

As a result of his impressive career in horticulture and arboriculture at these distinctive locations, Alan has collaborated with the Gardeners’ World team on many occasions. He has also presented on BBC Radio 4, co-presented British Gardens in Time on BBC4, and has lectured across Europe and North America.

In 2016, Alan was presented with an Honorary Doctorate by Writtle University for his outstanding contribution to horticulture.

Stourhead will be his topic on Tuesday 10th December at 7.30pm at The Alverton in Truro whilst My Journey Through Great Gardens will be his focus on Wednesday 11th December at 2.30pm at the Penventon Park Hotel in Redruth.

These lectures are free for CGS members. Non-members are welcome to attend and donations are gratefully received.

A local nursery will offer high quality plants for sale and refreshments will be available.

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Upcoming Events

  • Self-drive visit to Bonython, Helston and Cross Common Nursery, The Lizard

    At Moyclare, planting began in 1927 by Moira and Louis Reid. Meandering paths lead through woodland shrubberies, herbaceous borders and sunny corners. The pond and lawns are surrounded by camellias, rhododendrons, mature trees, shrubs and many rare treasures from the Southern Hemisphere.

    Penmilder is a 2.5-acre south-facing garden with delightful bluebell woods and an apple orchard, which is particularly pretty with primroses and daffodils in the spring. 

    Sisters, Adrienne and Trish, are developing South Bosent with wildlife in mind. It comprises several themed gardens, woodland plantings, large mixed borders and a four-acre meadow. Other features include a mini-lake, waterfall and rill on the terrace, and several plant collections, all designed to provide year-round interest. Along with thousands of planted bulbs throughout the garden, a bluebell wood runs alongside the stream pathway.

    A booking form for this self-drive visit will be available in March 2021.

  • Garden Holiday to Highgrove and the Cotswolds

    Join us on this tailor made CGS group holiday to Highgrove and the Cotswolds.

    This gardens holiday made by Brightwater Holidays will include a guided tour and lunch at Highgrove, visits to the gardens of Hidecote Manor, Kiftsgate Court and Eastleach House.

    Dinner, bed and breakfast at the 4* Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel.

    If you would like to join us on this garden holiday, please click here to download a booking form.