Park and garden visits will complement talks programme

Mount Edgcumbe gardens. Photo: By Nilfanion

The Gardens Trust annual conference will be held from 31 August to 3 September at the University of Plymouth, and will discuss the theme of sustainability.

‘Blest Elysium’ – Sustainable? will include talks and lectures asking how we can balance conservation with the need to ensure the relevance and sustainability of historic designed landscapes in the 21st century.

The highlight of the three days will be the programme of visits to a range of local, notable, gardens: recently restored Drakes Place, designed in 1910; Grade I-listed Mount Edgcumbe (reached via a boat tour of Plymouth Sound); National Trust-owned Saltram; Devonport Park; Geoffrey Jellicoe’s civic square; Humphry Repton’s garden at Endsleigh; Victorian Ford Park Cemetery; and Plymouth’s famous Hoe.

Tickets cost between £350 and £468, inclusive of three night’s accommodation, meals, entrance fees and transport for garden visits. Book here.

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