Roddy Llewellyn, landscape gardener and journalist, will be talking about "Architectural Plants" at the Museum of Garden History on 27 September at 7pm (Tickets pounds 6). Gardens featured in his talk will include Mount Stewart in Northern Ireland and Nymans in Sussex, as well as less famous venues - Parque Guell in Barcelona where the architect Antonio Gaudi left his esoteric mark. Next month on 10 October at 7pm, Alistair Martin, head gardener at Holker Hall, Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria, will talk about the problems of gardening in an area of high rainfall, strong westerly winds and low winter light (Tickets pounds 6). To book in advance for either lecture, phone 0171-261 1891.
Tomorrow at 10.30am, Dr Gordon Beakes of Newcastle University and Stephen Anderton, head gardener of Belsay Hall in Northumberland will lead a Fungus Foray round the gardens and grounds of the hall. Some mushrooms are deadly, some delicious. Tickets pounds 3. For further information, phone 01661 881636.
Last week's dramatic photograph of the gardens at Villa Lante, Bagnaia, Italy, was taken by Hugh Palmer.Reuse content