Explore English gardens with ADFAS Fleurieu

Examining English gardens: Carrick Hill in Adelaide was built in the style of an English manor. Photo: Facebook.
Examining English gardens: Carrick Hill in Adelaide was built in the style of an English manor. Photo: Facebook.

The English love their gardens and this September, the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) Fleurieu branch will welcome guest speaker Richard Heathcote to present a lecture on English gardens, great and small.

The discussion will take attendees through the world of English gardens from Sissinghurst Castle in Kent to Great Dixter in Sussex and on to gardens in the Cotswolds; then off to the East of England for Ruston Old Vicarage privately owned property and Houghton Hall in Norfolk, plus Suffolk's Somerleyton and Beth Chatto's Garden in Essex.

Richard Heathcote is a past director of Carrick Hill historic house and garden in Adelaide, and recently completed the fundraising campaign 'Carrick Hill Reimagined'.

He previously spent a decade managing the National Trust's flagship property in Melbourne and presented for ABC TV's 'The New Eden' - a six part series tracing the evolution of the Australian garden.

Heathcote has also broadcast and published on heritage buildings, art and gardens.

The fine collection of British and Australian paintings at Carrick Hill has provided rich material for Heathcote to create exhibitions and associated publications, using his particular talent of making art accessible to everyone.

Lecture Topic: In an English Country Garden ... from the grand landscape to the cottage garden.

When: Monday, September 6, 2021. ADFAS Fleurieu lectures begins at 10.30am.

Venue: Gospel Centre, 2 George Main Road, Victor Harbor.

ADFAS Fleurieu is one of 38 ADFAS groups across the country that organises an exciting, interesting and diverse lecture program each year on a wide range of topics relating to the arts.

It also supports local arts and artists. All lecturers are experts in their fields.

For information about membership or lecture bookings email: fleurieu@adfas.org.au phone 04 5255 6193.