Repton Study Day - Book now!Posted: 3rd Aug 2018
Our Repton study day on Monday 22nd October promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable and informative day. Humphry Repton was commissioned by the Earl of Darnley in 1790 to advise on improvements to the grounds of Cobham Hall and he continued to work there for 25 years. He was proud of his achievements at Cobham, writing “the house is no longer a huge pile standing naked in a vast grazing ground…. its walls are enriched with roses and jasmines on every side.… all around is neatness, elegance and comfort.” The day features a keynote talk from Repton scholar Professor Stephen Daniels, author of Humphry Repton and the Art of Landscape, who will show that Repton believed landscape gardening was one of the arts: a new kind of art at the bright beginning of his career, and one of the lost arts at the end. He will survey the repertoire of Repton’s artistic vision in relation to the wider culture of the period, including that of theatre and architectural design. He will also look at other commissions in south-east England, as well as his work with John Nash and his son John Adey Repton. Other speakers will include members of the Friends of Cobham Hall Heritage Trust, and individuals who have been involved with the restoration of the garden. After lunch, there will be a guided tour of the grounds with the option of visiting the Mausoleum designed by James Wyatt in 1783-4. Go to our events page to book now! www.kentgardenstrust.org.uk/events/book/
Roses at Mount EphraimPosted: 18th Jun 2018
Rose garden at Mount Ephraim
June is clearly the month for roses at Mount Ephraim (see last item) as you can see from this image
Successful event at the Edwardian GardensPosted: 5th Jun 2018
The sequoia avenue at Doddington
We have had a highly successful start to this season's events. The latest event was an enchanting visit to Mount Ephraim and Doddington Place on Thursday 31st May. Despite the threat of thunder storms, it didn't rain. Everywhere was looking fresh and green with the summer colours starting to appear. Overall, it was an ideal time to visit with plenty of interesting information from our guides. The image shows KGT guests admiring the sequoia avenue at Doddington. Hopefully, you will have received our email newsletter about forthcoming events - there are still places available at some of them!
Archbishop's Palace garden given new lifePosted: 10th Oct 2017
Visitors enjoying the garden in September
Over the last few years the Archbishop's Palace garden in Maidstone has been refurbished and replanted by the Trust. You can read more about the work we have done on the Conservation page of the website. The photograph shows members of the public looking round the garden on the Heritage Open day in September this year when the Archbishop's Palace was also open. All Saints Church is in the background. The garden is open on most days so do pay a visit and take a look!
Great reaction to 'Capability Brown in Kent'!Posted: 6th Jun 2016
Valence in the early19th century
Many of you will have now read our new book 'Capability Brown in Kent' which was published towards the end of April 2016. We are delighted that many mainstream bookshops as well as most National Trust properties have agreed to sell the book. Sales are looking good so far. We are also really pleased that many eminent commentators have made very favourable comments about the book. Here are just two examples:
Professor Tom Williamson of University of East Anglia said 'What a wonderful book! Nice text, scholarly yet readable and beautifully produced. Congratulations to all concerned'.
Professor Michael Mullett of Lancaster University said 'This is a superb example of a collaborative production and you are all to be warmly congratulated - a lovely book in every sense, with beautiful illustrations on nearly every page and all at under £10. It will be well received'.
Go to our Capability Brown page for details of how to buy your copy.