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Turn End Trust: 2019 Programme

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Turn End Trust, set up to care for the house at Turn End and its listed garden in Haddenham, has announced its programme of events for 2019.

The season begins with Inside/Outside — in conversation with Turn End's creator Peter Aldington (Saturday 13th April 2019).

Peter, an architect and plantsman, renowned for his ethos of linking building to landscape, house to garden, inside to outside, will speak about the cluster of three houses on the Turn End estate in relation to their outside spaces. He will also talk about other examples that have brought him the greatest number of listed buildings of any living architect.

New to the programme this year is Design Lessons in the Garden, (a course held over four mornings during May and June commencing on Tuesday 14th May 2019 at 10.00-12.30) led by garden designer Deborah Lewis.

Using Turn End as an illustration, Deborah will highlight what happens when inside and outside integrate and elevate the success of each other. Each week, part of the time will be spent looking at different areas of the garden in relation to the garden design plans in order to 'live' the dynamics of good design.

The course is designed to free limiting preconceptions about a garden and to open creativity, whilst giving a clear understanding of the enabling principles of good design.

Partnering again with neighbours Waddesdon Manor, this year's Turn End tour includes a private visit to Flint House, a visit to the show home of Golden Mede (the residential project led by the Rothschild Foundation) with a talk from Golden Mede's architect Rolf Nielsen on contemporary British housing, followed by an afternoon's visit to Turn End house and garden (Wednesday 5th June 2019).

Also new for this year are two Architecture and Landscape Design Tours to Jellicoe Water Gardens (Wednesday 3rd July 2019) and a Cultural Tour of Harlow (September — date to be announced).

Jellicoe Water Gardens are a significant example of post-war modernist landscape and are Grade II listed on the Register of Parks and Gardens. With expert guidance from garden historians and the landscape architects responsible for their restorations, partakers will be given special insight to the important features of the site and the restoration challenges.

The Cultural Tour of Harlow will comprise a morning's guided tour of Harlow's town and its sculpture, lunch, an introductory talk at The Gibberd Garden with an afternoon free to explore Sir Frederick's own enchanting and extensive gardens and selected rooms in his house.

Philip Oostenbrink, Head Gardener at Canterbury Cathedral will be hosting this year's annual Turn End talk on Canterbury Cathedral, gardens and grounds through time (Saturday 21st September 2019) in Haddenham Methodist Church and then tea and homemade cakes in Turn End garden.

Philip will show archive material of the gardens and grounds of Canterbury Cathedral (Mother Church of the Church of England), beginning with 12th Century and Mediaeval plans, Victorian photographs and ending with 20th century images that will show how the gardens and grounds developed throughout the 1,500 years of history of the site.

Philip will also show what the gardens look like at present, any projects that are being undertaken and discuss the plant collections held at Canterbury Cathedral. A talk not just for people interested in gardens, but also for those who enjoy history.

Back by popular demand are two Turn End House and Garden Open Days (Saturday 1st June 2019 and Bank Holiday Monday 26th August 2019) and the popular Midsummer Night's Tour with Jackie Hunt, Turn End's gardener (Summer Solstice, Friday 21st June 2019).

To find out more about Turn End, the events programme, Friends Scheme or Volunteer appeal, see the website.