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May Lecture – Urquhart & Hunt and Jimi Blake

Rodmarton Manor Rodmarton Manor Rodmarton Cirencester Gloucestershire GL7 6PF

Buy Ticket via The Generous Gardeners website - £125

Note: This event is organised by The Generous Gardener and is not an EBTS UK event

Rodmarton Manor Lecture Days

Our Garden Lecture Days will be held in the historic Arts and Crafts Manor House at Rodmarton. Each day begins at 10.30am with coffee and tea before the first talk at 11.00am. A delicious two course lunch with wine and elderflower will then be served with time to explore the garden before the second lecture starts at 2.00pm. The days will end at around 3.30 to 4.00pm with tea and homemade cake.

Landscape Design and Flourishing Biodiversity

Urquhart & Hunt

Lulu Urquhart and Adam Hunt will speak about their approach to landscape design in order to increase biodiversity, creating connections between our gardens and the wider natural world.

Having been in practice together for 18 years, their talk will draw on a selection of their projects, with a focus on the challenges posed by both small scale gardens and broader estate management, restoration and land healing. Their talk will explore how their work aims to connect us with nature, as well as provide networks for wildlife. They will discuss how their ‘A Rewilding Britain Landscape’ garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 represents this ethos and for which they won Best in Show. Adam and Lulu will discuss the role of gardens as key habitats across the wider UK landscape.

This lecture is a must for anyone interested in the rewilding movement and how to adapt it to your own garden.

Urquhart & Hunt are a landscape design practice which specialises in garden design and ecological restoration. Previously they collaborated with renowned designer Piet Oudolf at Hauser and Wirth, Somerset as well as designing the expansive gardens at Babington House.


A Colour Tapestry

Jimi Blake

Colour plays such an important role in Jimi’s planting design. In this lecture he shares his love of colour and how he uses it to maximum effect in his garden at Hunting Brook in Ireland, creating bold and unexpected tapestries of colour combinations throughout.

Your plant wish list will be much increased after you’ve had an insight into his incredible plant knowledge.

Jimi is a true plantsman and self confessed plant nerd! Leaving school, there was only one career he wanted to pursue. He trained at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, based in Glasnevin, Dublin before creating the famous gardens at Hunting Brook, Co. Wicklow. He now teaches and lectures around the world.