Annual Lecture – 2015

Saturday October 17th, 3pm – The Friends Annual Lecture
The landscape architect and former Chairman of the Garden History Society Dominic Cole called his lecture Theatre of plants and people – gardens as stories.
He stressed the idea that telling a story was the inspiration behind his designs, whether these were the stories of the plants and their origins or the people responsible for creating the gardens and landscapes. In a long and distinguished career Cole has worked on projects with cultural and educational institutions that include the Horniman Museum, Southbank Roof Garden for the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oxford University, and more recently with the National Trust on assessing the impact High Speed Rail (HS2) will have on the landscape and nearby NT properties. But perhaps Cole is best known for the work he did in Cornwall at Heligan where he was largely responsible for restoring the “lost garden” and as the landscape architect for the Eden Project.
The lecture was followed by questions from a large audience and the afternoon concluded with a splendid tea of wonderful homemade cakes that included chocolate cakes (various), fruit cakes and Victoria sponges.
The event cost £12 Friends went free!

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