Lenox, MA--Berkshire Botanical Garden's Winter Lecture with Tom Coward--Restoring the Wild Gardens of Gravetye Manor in Sussex, England

Feb 07 2020

Lenox, MA–Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Winter Lecture with Tom Coward–Restoring the Wild Gardens of Gravetye Manor in Sussex, England

February 22, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
Duffin Theater at Lenox Memorial Middle/High School
197 East St
Lenox, MA 01240

Tom Coward has worked as a gardener from the age of 15 at various gardens, but it was at Great Dixter (as Fergus Garrett’s assistant) that he believed he really honed his horticultural skills and style. In 2010, Coward joined Gravetye Manor in Sussex, England and set about the restoration of the garden, a project that has been extremely rewarding for him as a gardener.

The historic gardens of Gravetye Manor were established in 1885 by writer and gardener William Robinson. Situated in the Ashdown Forest of Sussex— the basis of A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh books— this would become Robinson’s inspiration for the creation of the English natural or wild gardens. The English Flower Garden and The Wild Garden were Robinson’s most notable books on the topic. The meadows of Gravetye’s wild garden are composed of naturalized bulbs and perennials mixed with native wildflowers.

Building on his experience restoring the wild gardens of Gravetye, and drawing from the inspiration of North American meadows, Coward will describe his process of how he continues to develop the wild garden at Gravetye and how the concept might translate to our own gardens.

Copies of the newest version of The Wild Garden will be available for sale along with other horticulture books and gifts. In case of inclement weather, the Lecture will be held on Sunday, February 23 at 2 p.m.

Advance registration for Winter Lecture is highly recommended, but walk-ins are welcome, space permitting.