MARYLYN ABBOTT, who has a sensational garden in her native Australia, has organised a series of summer lecture days at her English home, West Green House in Hampshire. This Thursday, Dr James Broadbent, adviser to the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, will talk on agaves, oleanders and verandahs. Throughout the world, English colonisers struggled to establish gardens in unfamiliar territories, bringing seeds of English plants with them wherever they travelled. Dr Broadbent examines what became of the gardens made by early settlers and shows their influence on British horticulture.
The lecture days at West Green are on Thursdays until 24 June, when Rosemary Alexander of the English Gardening School considers the importance of the colour green in a garden. Each lecture day costs pounds 50. For further information contact Marylyn Abbott at West Green House, Thackham's Lane, West Green, Nr Hartley Wintney, Hants RG27 8JB (01252 844611).Reuse content