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Petworth House

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Petworth House

Guests enjoy lunch outside the speakers' Green Room at last year's festival

Guests enjoy lunch outside the speakers' Green Room at last year's festival

Guests enjoy lunch outside the speakers' Green Room

A Friend, a Book and a Garden: A Festival of Garden Literature June 2014, at Petworth House

“Eclectic and inspiring” 

Country Living Magazine

Featuring:


Robin Lane Fox
Richard Mabey
John Brookes
Tom Stuart-Smith
Victoria Glendinning
Anna Pavord

We are delighted that our second festival of garden literature takes place in the private gardens of Petworth House, West Sussex – one of Britain’s greatest houses.

Taking inspiration from this spectacular setting our speakers will celebrate gardens in literature, history, art and life.

Join us for an intimate and celebratory weekend of discussion, contemplation and laughter in Lord and Lady Egremont’s secret gardens – and enjoy brass bands, poetry, croquet, sumptuous food, unbounded beauty, and sharing a love of all things literary and horticultural.

A garden lover’s dream weekend.

Click here to book now.

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The Festival is limited to 200 guests and talks are limited to 45 minutes, leaving with as much time for conversation, debate and relaxation as possible. The two day celebration of writing about gardens follows the success of our first Literary Festival in 2013.

Travel Information

Address

Petworth House

Petworth

West Sussex

GU28 0AE

NOTE: The postcode for the entrance gates (see below) is GU28 0QY

Driving

PLEASE IGNORE ALL NATIONAL TRUSTS SIGNS AS THEY WILL LEAD YOU TO THE NATIONAL TRUST CAR PARK

Drive to the centre of Petworth (A272/A283/A285)

From the centre of Petworth, drive along the A272 towards Tillington (the wall of the estate will be on your right).

Drive past one gate going into the estate on your right.

The entrance to the Festival is through the second gate into the estate on your right – called ‘New Lodge West’. This is directly after signs for the village of Tillington, with a 40mph speed limit marked. There will be Festival signs by the entrance, along with Festival staff.

Taxi

Ask your taxi driver to follow the above directions.

When you arrive at the gate, ask your driver to take you to the Festival parking area, as it is a long walk from the gate.

Train

Pulborough Train Station is 5 miles from Petworth.

Bus

The No.1 Stagecoach service between Worthing and Midhurst passes Pulborough Station, and stops in the centre of Petworth.

 

Festival Schedule 

Saturday 21 June

Morning: Gardens, nature and the wild

10.00

Gates open to the public

10.30

Welcome

10.45-12.15

Lady Caroline Egremont and Tom Moore

The Story of the Gardens at Petworth

George Plumptre

Capability Brown: Breaking boundaries in pursuit of English perfection

12.00-13.30

Tania Compton

On why she prefers meadows to a garden

John Brookes

Taming Nature versus the garden gone wild

12.30-13.00

BBC Archives: Great gardeners in their own words

13.00-14.30

Lunch

Afternoon: The artist and the garden

14.00-14.30

Jack Farthing reads garden poems

14.30-16.00

Tom Stuart-Smith

Space and enclosure

And 

Andrew Wilton

Turner’s Gardens

Professor David Ingram

Brantwood: John Ruskin’s Lakeland paradise

16.30-18.00

Richard Mabey

The Glass Ark: 40,000 years of plant enclosure

Chaired by Lisa Jardine

And

John Hubbard and Janet Boulton

The relationship between their life as artists and the gardens each have made

Andrew Lawson

Capturing the moment

Sunday 22nd June

Morning: Gardens influencing history

10.00

Gates open to the public

10.30

Welcome

10.45-12.15

Robin Lane Fox

Through the Garden Gate: early Christians and the Garden

11.00-12.15

Chris Mullin

My walled garden in Northumberland by a former Labour Minister, and diarist

12.30-13.30

Lord Max Egremont and Caroline Dakers

‘The fields of home' – A conversation around the Great War

12.30-13.00

BBC Archives: Great gardeners in their own words 

13.00-14.30

Lunch

Afternoon: What we say about gardens; what they say about us

14.00-15.30

Marella Carracciolo Chia

The Light In Between

Giles Waterfield

An English Garden on the French Riviera: The Long Afternoon

14.30-15.30

Jennifer Potter

Writing flowers: The joys and perils of floral (auto)biography

15.30-16.00

Jack Farthing reads garden poems

15.45-17.00

Mary Keen

How do we write about gardens?

Anna Pavord

Gardens in novels

16.00-17.00

David Sexton

The Afterlife of gardens: do gardens live longer in words, than in Nature?

17.00-18.00

Victoria Glendinning

What can gardens tell us about a person’s life?

 

Ticket Prices (Includes Lunch):

£125 Friend Day ticket, £150 Non-Friend Day Ticket
£230 Friend Weekend ticket, £280 Non-Friend Weekend ticket
£65 Friend ½ day ticket, £75 Non- Friend ½ day ticket
£50 Students day ticket

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