The Barn Garden

The Barn Garden

The Barn Garden

The Barn Garden

The Barn Garden

The Barn Garden

Photographs by Andrew Lawson, The Barn Garden

A Friend, a Book and a Garden: A Festival of Garden Literature June 2013, at the Barn Garden

The first ever Festival of writing about gardens will take place in the Barn Garden created by Tom and Sue Stuart-Smith at Serge Hill in Hertfordshire. Tom and Sue will welcome the Garden Museum and guests for a two day celebration of garden writing on 29 and 30 June.

Spread over two days and acres of wildflower meadow, prairie planting and calm green rooms, Speakers will explore themes including gardens in biography and autobiography, and how Eden and Arcadia continue to haunt our imagination. Renowned garden writers, designers, and historians will share their thoughts on these rich and fertile subjects.

Should you need to contact during the weekend of the festival please call 07951 862480 or 07951 862494. 

Saturday 29 June 10.30-18.00

11.30 Lisa Jardine- Tent

11.30 Todd Longstaffe-Gowan -Dairy

13.00 Diana Athill and Sue Stuart-Smith - Shed

13.00 George Plumptre - Dairy

14.00 Hugh Cavendish - Tent

14.30 Cleve West - Dairy

15.00 Alex Mitchell- Shed

15.30 Tania Compton and Tom Stuart-Smith- Tent

16.00 Katherine Swift- Dairy

17.00 Piet Oudolf - Tent


Sunday 30 June 10.30-18.00

11.00 Antony Woodward - Tent

12.00 Dan Pearson - Dairy

12.30 Olivia Chaney - Performance

13.00 Adam Nicolson with Christopher Woodward - Tent

14.00 Hugh Johnson  - Dairy

14.00-17.00 Reading from Garden Memoir Writing Competition Shortlist- Shed

14.30 Anna Pavord and John Sales - Tent

15.30 Sarah RavenDairy

16.00 Penelope Hobhouse with Tom Stuart-Smith - Tent

17.00 Louisa Young - Dairy

17.30 Garden Memoir Writing Competition Prize winner announcement sponsored by Granta- Tent

Saturday 29 June 10.30-18.00

Sunday 30 June 10.30-18.00

Day tickets for Friends £125/ Non-Friend £150

Weekend ticket Friends £230/ Non-Friend £280

Half-day ticket Friends £65/ Non-Friend £75

Tickets are extremely limited.

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Location Map: The Barn Garden, Sergehill Ln, Bedmond, Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire WD5 0RZ

We are pleased to announce Olivia Chaney will be performing at A Friend, a Book and a Garden. Described as ‘A major talent’ (BBC MUSIC REVIEW) and ‘A star in the making (THE INDEPENDENT), this intimate performance at the Barn Garden will be sandwiched between showcases in New York and the Late Sir Harold Acton’s Villa La Pietra in Florence.

The Garden Cafe will be in residence with chef Sorrel creating gourmet pre-ordered hampers for two including a generous glass of Fortnum and Mason's wine each.

We also have caterers Squid and Pear, rated a Three Star Sustainability Champion by the Sustainable Restaurant Association, providing a fantastic menu of fresh fish, meats and salad, as well as an Oyster Bar.

The festival is kindly supported by drinks sponsor Bloom Gin. Bloom was created by Joanne Moore, one of the only known female Master Distillers in the world, whose inspiration came from her own English country garden. 

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Please note that there may be last minute adjustments to the line-up.   

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