Saturday 28 January 2012

Date for the Diary: 28 April, Garden History at the Dower House

 This event is organised by Women Returners to Amenity Gardening Scheme (WRAGS) offers training opportunities to Women Returners who are seeking a career in horticulture.

The Dower House is in Morville, Bridgnorth, Shropshire and gardened by Katherine Swift left the world of academia and set about transforming a garden of one and a half acres in the grounds of Morville Hall. Her aim was to relate the history of English gardens in a sequence of separate features, from a medieval cloister garden, 17th century plants and flower beds through to a 19th century wilderness and an ornamental fruit and vegetable garden.

This workshop is designed to inspire every gardener interested in creating an historical garden and Katherine will present a history of gardening through the ages, with a slide presentation.  Then she will turn to the garden she created at the Dower House and talk through the decisions featuring research, design and planning, before moving onto the structure of the garden.

During the afternoon the group will tour the garden to look at the use of authentic planting and construction techniques used in the development of an historical garden and the day will close with a discussion over afternoon tea.

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