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

  • Lecture: Graham Gough – The Icing on the Cake

    Following a short career in classical music as a gifted tenor, Graham was inspired to change profession as a result of a cathartic trip to Sissinghurst Castle in Kent where his eyes were opened to the creative process of gardening at its highest level.

    In 1998, he established his own nursery, Marchants Hardy Plants, at Laughton in Sussex.

    As a hands-on man and with the help of his staff, he loves to raise and select new varieties, and enjoys playing and painting with plants.

    Graham’s life as a nurseryman is further enriched by garden design, consultations, photography, talks, writing and travel to observe plants in their native habitats in countries such as Armenia, China, South Africa and Turkey. In spite of all this, he still finds time to warble the odd note.

    Join us on Tuesday 10th March at 7.30pm at The Alverton, Tregolls Road, Truro.

  • Lecture: Graham Gough – A Miscellany of Plants

    Graham Gough will join us on Wednesday 11th March at 2.30pm at the Penventon Park Hotel, West End, Redruth where he will share his lecture, ‘A Miscellany of Plants‘.