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From The Gardens Trust and fellow county gardens trusts:

Unforgettable Gardens - June

This series of five talks, organised by the Historic Gardens Foundation in partnership with The Gardens Trust, explores international examples of Unforgettable Gardens, seen through the eyes of their owners, creators and restorers. Cost £20 for the entire course of 5 sessions or you may purchase a ticket for individual sessions, costing £5 - see (subscribers to Historic Gardens Review will be able to purchase a series ticket for £10)

Attendees will be sent a Zoom link 2 days prior to the start of the talk, and again a few hours before the talk. Please note the slightly earlier time for these talks of 6 pm. A link to the recorded session (available for 1 week) will be sent shortly afterwards.

Week 4. June 23: Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace, Boston

Week 5. June 30: The Indian influence on Renaissance Gardens of Portugal

The Darker Side of Plants

Find out about the marvels, mysteries, and murderous nature of the plant world - from fact to fantasy and fiction.

22 June – Permission to Poison - the Alnwick Garden Caroline Holmes talks about the poison garden which she was commissioned to design at the base of the Great Cascade behind the ornate inner gates at Alnwick.

29 June – Poisonous plants and Agatha Christie Kathryn Harkup talks about the toxic plants that feature in Christie's whodunnits. She was a keen gardener and combined her extensive knowledge of toxicology and passion for plants in several of her murder mystery plots.

Tuesdays, 10am. Tickets £5. To book see and

Unforgettable Gardens of the Northeast

Wednesday, 7 July, 6pm – Belsay Hall. Head Gardener John Hawley will lead us on a virtual tour of the Grade I listed gardens of Belsay Hall in Northumberland, famed for its nationally important picturesque landscapes and gardens as well as its diverse plant collection.

Wednesday, 23 June, 6pm – Cragside Clara Woolford, Property Curator at Cragside, talks about how Lord and Lady Armstrong transformed a bare moorside into a man-made paradise. They drove the development of the expansive gardens, which were intended to form a series of outdoor rooms inspired by landscapes from around the world.

Wednesday, 23 June, 6pm – Alnwick Garden Head Gardener Robert Ternant will give a behind the scenes account of caring for the 12 acres of meandering and magnificent gardens at Alnwick, now a huge visitor attraction, and explain the history and future plans for the garden.

Wednesdays, 6pm. Tickets £5 or all 3 for £12. To book see

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