A full programme of visits, walks and talks to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust has been published and members can book through the on-line booking system http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/buckinghamshire-gardens-trust
She diverged into the world of garden history, making the works of the landscape gardener W S Gilpin the topic of her DPhil study at the University of York. Now based in The Cotswolds she divides her time between gardening and giving garden advice, undertaking historic landscape research, and leading garden tours for Boxwood Tours.”
This talk will examine the work of the extraordinary woman who developed Eythrope, the Buckinghamshire estate adjacent to her brother Ferdinand’s Waddesdon Manor, as a ‘showpiece’ garden.
“Alice de Rothschild (1847 – 1922) was a member of the immensely rich European banking family of that name. Brought up on the continent, she developed Eythrope, the Buckinghamshire estate adjacent to her brother Ferdinand’s Waddesdon Manor, as a ‘showpiece’ garden. She also had a large property in Grasse, on the French Riviera, where she laid out a garden amongst the olive groves, adapting the paths especially to accommodate Queen Victoria’s donkey carriage on the latter’s various outings.
After her brother’s death, Alice inherited the Waddesdon Estate, running all three properties with ‘an unusually strong power of will and inflexibility of purpose […], looking after every detail of her estate, undeterred by any opposition that she might meet with’. This is borne out by a unique series of letters, sent from Grasse back to her head gardener at Waddesdon, which contain detailed instructions for the garden.
Still adhering to the original High Victorian bedding schemes of the late 19th century, Alice de Rothschild also developed a close friendship with Ellen A Willmott who advocated the much more informal style of gardening of William Robinson.
2022 is the centenary of Alice de Rothschild’s death which is being marked by various exhibitions at Waddesdon Manor and at Eythrope.”
See Alice’s Wonderlands and Coach House exhibition at Waddesdon, and tours of Eythrope.
Tickets still available