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Spring 2013

Nature’s Theatre: The Glory of Welsh Gardens
Pamela Smith, National Trust Gardens Advisor, Wales

Orangery Terrace at Powis Castle
The Orangery Terrace at Powis Castle
Photo: © National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

The National Trust currently cares for 12 gardens across Wales comprising more than 30,000 plant varieties and 600 acres. From the Baroque terraced gardens and lavish herbaceous borders of Powis Castle, to the wildflower meadows and bluebell-filled woodlands at Colby, the dramatic nature of the Welsh countryside and its generous rainfall lends itself to the creation of spectacular gardens with incredible views and striking backdrops. Pamela Smith, the National Trust’s Garden Consultant to Wales and the Midlands, will explore the history of the Trust’s remarkable Welsh holdings and illustrate these magnificent and verdant landscapes. She will describe the plant hunters, industrialists and Lords who created such masterpieces as the world famous botanical collections at Bodnant—created by one family across five generations; the important surviving 18th-century walled garden at Erddig; and Plas Newydd with its spectacular views of Snowdonia and home of the Marquess of Anglesey. Ms. Smith will also talk about two recent garden acquisitions in South Wales: the early 20th-century Arts and Craft’s garden of Dyffryn, comprised of outdoor rooms within clipped yew hedges, and the historical garden curiosities at the 17th-century Tredegar House with its Orchard, Cedar, and Orangery Gardens. She will include in her lecture the work of the Trust’s Head Gardeners, who care for these important natural sites.

Pamela Smith is the National Trust’s Garden and Parks Consultant to Wales and the Midlands. She advises on restoration, new acquisitions, and design and innovation within the historic landscape and is particularly interested in the historic significance of the plant collections within National Trust Gardens. Ms. Smith trained in horticulture in York and before joining the Trust spent eight years as the Director of the University of Birmingham Botanic Garden. She is Vice Chair of PlantNetwork, the national network promoting botanical collections in Britain and Ireland as a national resource for research, conservation and education. In 2009, Ms. Smith was awarded a CABE Space scholarship and visited the United States and Canada to research community gardens.

Lecture & Benefit Dinner
To Support the Horan Prize
Lectures and Luncheons
New York, New York
Tuesday, April 23, 6:00 pm
Event Chairs: Ian & Madeline Hooper,
J. Rodney Pleasants & Steve Godwin and John & Phillis Warden

The Colony Club, 564 Park Avenue
7:00 pm Reception
7:30 pm Benefit DinnerFor all lectures, reservations are non-refundable and must be made by April 15. Formal business attire required.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Monday, April 22, 1:00 pm
The Union League of Philadelphia,
140 South Broad Street
11:30 am Reception | 12:00 pm Luncheon
Co-sponsored by The Union League of Philadelphia and The Pennsylvania Horticultural SocietyLake Forest, Illinois
Thursday, April 25, 11:30 am
The Onwentsia Club, 300 N. Green Bay Rd
11:00 am Coffee | 12:30 pm Luncheon

The Damaris Horan Prize was established in 2005 by the Mudge Foundation. These fellowships in landscape history and horticultural studies are awarded biennially to provide Americans in these fields with the opportunity to undertake on-site research at National Trust-owned gardens and landscapes across the UK and provide crucial support for these significant properties. Your support will ensure that we can continue and expand this program

To reserve your tickets for our Seeds for Thought lectures please visit our Lectures & Tours page or call 212 480 2889 x201


Spring 2011

FLOWERING OF TUSCANY: BRITISH GARDENS IN ITALY, 1900-1930
Anna Pavord, noted garden historian and best-selling author

anna pavordAnna PavordAnna Pavord is a well-known gardening correspondent for The Independent and the author of numerous books, including the bestselling The Tulip (1999). She contributes to a number of magazines, both in the U.S. and the U.K. and regularly fronts programs for BBC Radio 3 and 4. She chairs the Gardens Panel of the National Trust and sits on the Parks and Gardens Panel of English Heritage.

She lives in Dorset, England, where she spent 30 years restoring the garden of an old rectory. She has recently moved to a new house and started another garden. Her latest book is The Curious Gardener, published by Bloomsbury in November 2010.

a tuscan gardenAt the beginning of the 20th century, more than 40,000 people living in Florence were British expatriates. An important part of their lifestyle was restoring an Italian property and garden—preferably one with Medici connections—to create a glorious setting for entertaining. British émigrés brought with them their love for flowers, which brought a new sense of color and scent to the restrained Renaissance Italian garden tradition of evergreens, water, and stone.

In the hills outside Florence, the brilliant and enigmatic English garden designer Cecil Pinsent created exotic gardens for influential expatriates including Arthur Acton at La Pietra, Lady Sybil Cutting at Villa Medici and Lady Paget at Bellosguardo.

Anna Pavord will examine these magnificent gardens and explain how the British transformed Tuscan landscapes and garden design during the first part of the 20th century.

These lectures were given in Phildelphia, New York and Lake Forest during April, 2011. Watch this space for announcement of the Spring 2012 Seeds for Thought Lectures.