Talks & Lectures 2019/20

If members wish to hear a particular speaker please let us know via the contact page and we will see what we can do.

11th  November 2019

Michael Lear of Lear Associates, landscape architects based in Oxford, a trustee of Kew and this year’s Robert Penson lecturer will discuss how a knowledge of plants can inform garden history.

9th December 2019

Dominic Cole OBE and President of the Gardens Trust will talk about the garden at Kingcombe (near Chipping Campden), designed and built by the furniture designer and maker Gordon Russell. As a teenager Dominic was taken on an annual visit by his godmother and shown round by Gordon Russell who explained his most recent activities in the garden. Dominic will also discuss his work with the National Trust on a conservation and management plan for Woodchester Park. He promises an evening of illustrations rather than lots of facts and figures!

Dominic is designer of the Eden Project, in recognition of which he was awarded the Landscape Institute’s Peter Youngman Award in 2006 and Fellowship of the Institute of Horticulture. In 2015 he was received an OBE for his work on landscape conservation and two years later the RHS Veitch Memorial Medal. When the Gardens Trust came into being in 2015 Dominic became its first President.  Since the establishment of Dominic Cole Landscape Architects in 2012 the firm has been involved in numerous high-profile landscape design and management projects in both the public and private spheres. These include advising the National Trust and Buckinghamshire County Council on their response to HS2, landscape management on Hampstead Heath, working with the National Trust at various properties an researching the original landscape designs for Churchill Gardens, the iconic post-war housing estate in Pimlico.

16th March 2020

Vanessa Berridge in conversation with Anne Chambers about the development of the garden at Kiftsgate Court in the care of three generations of the same gardening g family.

20th April 2020

One of our members, Sue Spielberg, will talk about the new garden that she and her husband have made and the house that they have designed in the Whiteway Colony.

Talk Details

  • Doors open 7pm. Start time is 7.15pm.
  • Tickets: £4 (members), £6 (non-members). Includes refreshments.
  • Dedicated parking for around 25 cars.
  • A bigger better room for all.
  • New audio visual equipment improving visibility of the screen and microphones for the speakers.



All talks are held at:

St Luke’s Church Hall
St Luke’s Place
GL53 7HP