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: Autumn 2020 Talk
Saturday 7th November 2020
by Francesca Murray
‘An Absolute Passion: The Rothschild’s orchid collections at Gunnersbury Park,
Tring Park and Exbury Gardens.’
Venue : Bucks Gardens Trust has organised for a talk to be held Saturday 7 November, 2.30 pm at St Mary’s Church, Church Street ,Aylesbury HP20 2JJ which lies just a short distance from the Museum our usual venue for talks.
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.”
Audience numbers: The number is limited to 46 so book early if you would like to attend? The seating will be arranged to respect social distancing – in singles or pairs etc., and the wearing of masks is required. There will be no tea and cake … but you could perhaps bring a flask … and possibly a rug for your knees?!
The charge will be £10 for members and it would be very helpful if you could pay by bank transfer to: Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust, Lloyds Bank plc, Beaconsfield Branch, Account Number: 00912179 Sort Code: 30-96-54 marking the payment ‘7 Nov Talk’. If you would prefer cash or a cheque on the day. Booking is essential email: email@example.com
The venue is currently used for church services and Thursday lunchtime concerts so has a proven covid track record.