Since mid-March, the impact of coronavirus has become more serious and widespread. Our planned events and visits are inevitably affected, therefore the lecture and garden visits arranged from May until August have regrettably been postponed. Later events will be reviewed and bookings accepted when it safe to do so. We will post further news as soon as we are able.
Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust: Free Autumn Zoom Lecture
Sunday 29th November 2020 at 2.30 p.m
by Francesca Murray
‘An Absolute Passion: The Rothschild’s orchid collections at Gunnersbury Park, Tring Park and Exbury Gardens.’
Dear Members and Friends
Just to let you know that due to our being unable to hold Francesca Murray’s talk: ‘An Absolute Passion: The Rothschild’s orchid collections at Gunnersbury Park, Tring Park and Exbury Gardens’, ‘live’ on Saturday 7 November at St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury, as planned, Francesca has kindly agreed to give her talk by Zoom on Sunday 29 November at 2.30pm.
If you would like to hear Francesca’s Zoom talk on Sunday 29 November at 2.30pm, please could you be kind enough to email Rosemary Jury, the Events Organiser at email@example.com who will send you an invitation to the zoom lecture.
Francesca Murray, is a gardener and garden history enthusiast. After designing gardens for ten years she decided to ‘turn gamekeeper’ and find some historical context of British gardens and gardeners of the past, with a particular interest in the 19th century and early 20th century. She has a Masters in Garden History from the University of Buckingham and is currently studying for a PhD at Queen Mary University of London on Philanthropy in Horticulture. She has co-written a history of Exbury Gardens with Lionel de Rothschild which – Covid allowing – might be published in 2021.
Regarding the talk: Francesca says: “The Rothschild’s exceptional talent for collecting exquisite items is as legendary as their scientific endeavour and love of gardens. Their glorious orchid collections in the glasshouses of their country residences held a special fascination for the family and whilst orchid cultivation was a pleasurable distraction from the business of banking, it also led to exciting scientific discoveries, an unusual laboratory and a race against time.”