29 June 2015 By Sam Duke
Each September sees the return of our annual lecture. It’s an event that has been part of Alitex tradition for over 15 years and this year we welcome respected garden designer, writer and broadcaster Matthew Wilson.
Alongside Matthew’s work as a landscape designer, he also writes for the media, is a regular correspondent for the Financial Times, as well as being a panellist on Radio 4’s Gardeners Question Time. 2015 saw Matthew design his first Chelsea Flower Show garden for Royal Bank of Canada which won him a silver gilt; the garden reflected his commitment to water conservation, sustainable garden design and his experience in creating urban gardens.
As well as the above, Matthew is Managing Director and Principle designer at Clifton Nurseries in Little Venice, the oldest horticultural business in London. Clifton designed the interior of our Scotney greenhouse at this year’s Chelsea, complete with a bath tub and fragrant Stephanotis; it was a huge talking point at the show.
The talk at our lecture this year will focus on the time Matthew spent at RHS Hyde Hall and Harlow Carr as curator and how these gardens helped shape his future. At Hyde Hall Matthew took on the impressive task of extending its 20 acres of cultivated garden and then a further 75 acres of woodland planting; at Harlow Carr he established the Winter Walk and stunning Main Borders.
"A Tale of Two Gardens – and what they taught me."
Alitex HQ, Torberry Farm, South Harting, Petersfield GU31 5RG
Thursday 10th September
7:15 drinks in the garden
Lecture starts at 8pm
Booking is essential for this event, please give us a call on 01730 826900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; tickets are £10pp.
We can’t wait to hear Matthew’s inspirational talk, we hope to see you at this year’s event. You will also get the opportunity to take a look around our showsite.