The women who shaped the gardens at Kelmarsh Hall will be the subject of a talk taking place this autumn.
Guest speaker Kristina Taylor, a garden historian, will deliver the talk on Sunday 4th October entitled ‘Norah Lindsay and Nancy Lancaster, Gardening at Kelmarsh – Their Inspirations and Influences’.
Former resident Nancy, who is credited with creating the English country house style, enlisted the help of the garden designer of her day, Norah Lindsay, to develop the gardens, which have since been listed as Grade II* by English Heritage.
Ms Taylor, a regular contributor to publications including Garden History Society Journal, Historic Gardens Review and Country Life, will examine what inspired Nancy and Norah and what shaped their style.
Money raised from the talk will go towards the Kelmarsh Garden Fund and will enable the ongoing restoration and maintenance of these historic gardens. Since 1997, the Kelmarsh Trust has delivered a programme of restoration works to ensure that Nancy and Norah’s original designs and influences are maintained. The main herbaceous borders have been replanted in the spirit of the two women and, with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the vinery in the walled kitchen garden has been restored. The Trust wants to continue with restoration projects such as these, along with the refreshment of older plantings and on-going maintenance, to make sure these special gardens can be enjoyed by future generations.
The fundraising event on October 4th will begin with coffee in the Great Hall at 11.30am, followed by the talk in the Ballroom at midday. There will be a buffet lunch in the Saloon, after which there will be a chance to explore the hall and gardens. Tickets are £45 and must be booked in advance – for more details call 01604 686543.