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Gwen Miles
06
Mar

International Women’s Day 2021 – Maud Grieve herbalist 80th Anniversary

2021 marks the 80th Anniversary of the death of Maud Grieve The inspirational herbalist, writer, teacher and gardener ‘Now let me tell you about that wonderful plant’* Maud Grieve was born in London in 1858. She spent her early married life in India, on their return at the end of the 19th century the couple...
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06
Mar

International Women’s Day 2021 – Margery Fish

Margery Fish (1892–1969) Plantswoman and garden writer ‘Margery Fish, virtually single-handedly, was responsible for the renewed popularity of the ‘cottage garden’ style of planting in the second half of the twentieth century’ (Catherine Horwood). Margery Fish (née Townsend) has a very tenuous link with Buckinghamshire: although she probably visited her family in Chalfont St Peter...
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06
Mar

International Women’s Day 2021 – Valerie Finnis

Valerie Finnis (1924–2006) Photographer, lecturer and gardener Although Valerie Finnis did not live in Buckinghamshire, the Bucks Garden Trust has much to be indebted to her for. The Finnis Scott Foundation makes grants to horticultural and art history projects and was established in accordance with the will of Lady Montague Douglas Scott (Valerie Finnis) in...
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04
Mar

Restoration of Brick Kilns Great Linford

Nineteenth Century Brick Kilns to be restored at Great Linford.    The Parks Trust are about to begin a restoration project on two Brick Kilns located at Great Linford, by the Grand Union Canal. Brick making had been a local industry in Milton Keynes for hundreds of years. The site where the kilns can be...
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03
Mar

6th, 13th, 20th & 28th March – How to Read a Designed Landscape with John Phibbs – free lecture series

How to Read a Designed Landscape with John Phibbs ‘Point Blank & Pollards’– Saturday 6th March at 2.00 pm ‘Horses & Hedges’– Saturday 13th March at 2.00 pm ‘Farms & Follies’– Saturday 20th March at 2.00 pm ‘Vallies & Varlets– Sunday 28th March at 5.00 pm     Spring is coming but Covid is still...
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28
Feb

Weeding Women: Shaping England’s Gardens

In Stephen Switzer’s Practical Husbandman and Planter (1733), he recommends wide paths between beds for ease of access and as we can see from this quote, weeder woman and boys to pick off and destroy snails and slugs every morning! Who does the weeding in your household and that of your family, neighbours and friends?...
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14
Feb

Buckinghamshire Cemeteries

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE CEMETERIES Cemeteries and their designed landscapes have long been of interest to our volunteer Sarah Rutherford. As Head of Historic England’s Register of Parks and Gardens she led a project to assess the significance of cemeteries across England, and since then as a consultant she has worked on various other cemetery assessment projects for...
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08
Feb

Warwickshire GT – The Story of Britain’s Three Tree Cathedrals, Dr Camilla Allen, 15 April

Warwickshire Gardens Trust Date: April 15 Time:5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Booking: Matt Fattorini Email: mattfattorini@gmail.com http://warwickshiregardenstrust.org.uk/event/lecture-the-story-of-britains-three-tree-cathedrals-dr-camilla-allen/ There are three tree cathedrals in Britain – places where trees have been planted to emulate the spatial form of medieval gothic cathedrals – yet these special and eccentric groves are little-known and understood. Camilla Allen has been...
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08
Feb

Warwickshire GT – Recent Archaeological Discoveries at Stowe, Steven Wass, 17 March

Warwickshire Gardens Trust Bookings: WGTWebsite:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stephen-wass-recent-archaeological-discoveries-at-stowe-tickets-133231459883 Date: March 17 Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Cost:£4 – £5 Event On Line Talk Stephen has been undertaking a series of archaeological investigations in the Stowe Landscape, including the Cascade, The Doric Arch and the approaches to the Rotunda (see images). He will be updating us on these,...
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31
Jan

Great Linford Park Project -February 2021 update

Image: Great Linford Manor looking beautiful in the January snow.  Parks Trust The National Lottery Heritage Fund project at Great Linford Manor Park is progressing well despite Covid-19 restrictions. The Water Garden and pond dredging works have now been completed and the silt is drying out around the edges ready to be spread across the...
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