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New book on Repton now available!Posted: 12th Oct 2018

Our book about Repton

We are delighted that our new book about the work of landscape gardener, Humphry Repton, is now available. Copies will be on sale at the Repton study day on 22nd October. You can also buy a copy online by going to the Publications page at www.kentgardenstrust.org.uk/publications/ The book costs only £8.00 for members (£10 for non-members). When ordering online you need a special member code to get the member discount. This was emailed to members in our recent mailshot or you can email our secretary, Lynn Phillips at lynn.phillips@kentgardenstrust.org.uk or phone her on 07432 633697. Happy reading!



New book to be published soon!Posted: 18th Aug 2018

The front cover of our book about Repton

As part of a country-wide celebration of the work of the 19th century landscape gardener Humphry Repton, the Kent Gardens Trust research team have produced a beautifully illustrated book describing Repton’s five commissions in Kent, with a short introduction to his life and artistic principles. Humphry Repton in Kent is a companion volume to Capability Brown in Kent. It is 140 pages long and will interest not only garden historians but anyone keen to know more about the social history of the county and the lives of the leading figures of the time. Our research has revealed fascinating and hitherto unknown contemporary letters and drawings and has made extensive use of Repton’s famous Red Books. Copies will be available soon - you will be able buy a copy online from our website - details will be posted shortly - as well as from good bookshops. It will cost £10 (£8 for Kent Gardens Trust members). Watch this space!



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.