Please note: it appears you are using an older browser, prior to IE9. Not all of the features of our site will work, but you can benefit either by upgrading your version of Internet Explorer for free, or using an alternative browser like FireFox, Chrome or Safari.

Eventsimage of events 01

Our aim is to offer a diverse range of activities for all our members at locations around the county.


Further to the government announcement of the road-map out of the current lock-down and how restrictions will be lifted gradually after assessing the data at five week intervals we believe we can re-start our outdoor activities from around June 21st, 2021, subject to all going as planned.

You will find further updates forthcoming as the year progresses and confidence returns to allow small groups to gather for garden visits and indoor talks.

Our programme in 2021 includes a number of Zoom-based talks, details as shown below.

Our detailed programme through the rest of 2021 and further updates will be forthcoming over the coming weeks.

Update: 14/05/2021 

 

 

DEFINITE SCHEDULED EVENTS in 2021

 

Garden Visits 2021

Dates: Various

Title: Various Open Gardens via Bedfordshire NGS

Description: All noted at the NGS website

Note BGT are specifically supporting the following NGS Open Days in 2021 as follows:

June 6th: Southill Park [providing history information] - click link for more details

Further dates and venues will be added as they are confirmed

 

 

Thursday May 13th 2021

Title: Researching Gardeners

Description: An event for those interested in Gardens, Gardeners, Family History or Garden History. The talk will cover the lives and careers of some head gardeners from the history of the Luton Hoo Estate over several centuries as examples.

A free Zoom-based talk - booking essential to gain appropriate information regarding attendance.

This is the first part of our offering in the Greensand Country Festival for 2021.

Further details, click here

Thursday May 27th 2021

Title: Wellbeing in the Garden

Description: An event for those interested in Gardens, Landscapes and Wellbeing. Green outside areas are now recognised as very important for our wellbeing. Find out the details and see how Swiss Garden are implementing a Wellbeing Programme.

A free Zoom-based talk - booking essential to gain appropriate information regarding attendance.

This is the second part of our offering in the Greensand Country Festival for 2021.

Further details, click here

 Updated 23/02/2021

Prior Events[Retained For Tracking History]

2020 Details

Talks in 2020

Tuesday January 14th 2020

Title: Garden History in Bedfordshire

Description: An event for both new Garden Historians and BGT members.

A talk plus time for informal networking and discussion. To be held in Ampthill Chapter House.

Further details, click here

 


Wednesday March 18th 2020

Title: How To Trace Gardeners - CANCELLED

Description: An event for both new Garden Historians and BGT members.

A talk plus time for informal networking and discussion. To be held in Ampthill Chapter House.

Further details, click here

 


Friday April 24th 2020

Title: Gertrude Jekyll in Bedfordshire Postponed

Description: 2018 was the 175th anniversary of the birth of Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) who created some 400 gardens. Her influence on garden design has been pervasive. Although one of her brothers lived in Bedfordshire, Gertrude only produced plans for one garden in the county at the Old House in Ickwell.

Further details, click here

 


Wednesday May 6th 2020

Title: Glorious Greensands Gardens - CANCELLED TO MAY 2021

Description: Garden History in Bedfordshire.

Further details, click here

 


Wednesday May 20th 2020

Title: Glorious Greensands Gardens CANCELLED TO MAY 2021

Description: Historic details of great Gardens on the Greensand Ridge. An amazing amount of historic parkland!

Further details, click here

 


Prior events in 2019

Wednesday March 20th 2019

Title: Jane Austen and the Picturesque Landscape: Heroes, Villains and Mr Repton

Description:  A talk at Ampthill Church Hall 

Further details, click here

 


Monday May 6th 2019

Title: Humphry Repton in Bedfordshire

Description:  A talk at Ampthill Church Hall 

For further details Click Here

 


Tuesday May 21st 2019

Title: Gertrude Jeykll in Bedfordshire

Description:  A talk at Ampthill Church Hall 

For further details Click Here

 

 


Study Days

Date: April 10th 2019

Title: Impact of WW1 on Beds Estates

Description:  BGT and Luton Hoo Estates Study Day   

Booking Form click here


Date: June 22nd 2019

Title: The Designed Landscapes of Bedfordshire

Description:  BGT organised symposium on behalf of Bedfordshire Local History Association

For a high level list of speakers, click here  

For a list of what is being covered, click here

For a booking form and instructions, click here

For any further information, eMail:  treasurer@bedsgardenstrust.org.uk

 

 


Garden Visits

Dates: Various

Title: Various Open Gardens via Bedfordshire NGS

Description: All noted at the NGS website

Note BGT are specifically supporting the following NGS Open Days as follows:

June 2nd: Southill [providing history information]

June 8th: Howbury Hall [providing history information]

June 16th: The Hyde [providing history information]

August 3rd: Luton Hoo Walled Garden [providing history information]


Date: June 2nd 2019

Title: Moggerhanger Plant Fair

Description: All noted at their website

Note BGT are specifically supporting this event with guided garden tours


Guided Walks for 2019

Dates Being Planned - to be announced - see latest news

 


 


 

image of events 02

Some events are open to the public but members are the first to be notified. The cost is discounted to members whenever possible.

The programme of events varies from year to year.

Our 2021 programme of events is currently being planned.

Our 2020 programme of events was curtailed due to COVID.

Our 2019 programme included a series of talks in the spring, a co-hosted Study Day at Luton Hoo Estate and a full day symposium run in Poplars Garden Centre Learning Zone, Toddington on behalf of Bedfordshire Local History Association.

Our 2018 events included a study day "Repton in Bedfordshire" and a number of talks given across the county.

 

 Updated: 23/02/2021