Kiftsgate Court Gardens: Three Generations of Women Gardeners

Hosted by the Royal Oak Foundation

Please note Pacific Time.

Perched on the edge of the Cotswold Hills, Kiftsgate Court is a family home and garden that has been loved and cultivated by the same family for over 100 years. Three generations of women gardeners have left their mark, each building on the legacy of the previous owner. When Jack and Heather Muir bought the Grecian-fronted Victorian house in 1919, Heather, without any horticultural training, started to layout the Kiftsgate garden straight away. Heather’s daughter, Diany Binny continued the family gardening tradition during the 1950s and quickly became an accomplished plants woman. Since the late 1980s, her daughter Anne Chambers and her husband Johnny have brought the garden into the 21st century. In this illustrated lecture Anne and Johnny Chambers will tell their personal tale of Kiftsgate, including family anecdotes and stories. They will show design features of this stunning garden and explain their plans for its future.

Anne & Johnny Chambers, Owners of Kiftsgate – Anne Chambers is the third generation owner and gardener at Kiftsgate in Glouchestershire. Although she was born and brought up there, she paid little attention to her horticultural surroundings until she married Johnny and they created their first little garden in London. Native to London, Johnny trained as an engineer and worked in international trade for 20 years. Over 30 years ago they decided to take the bold decision to move the family from London to Kiftsgate, and started learning their gardening skills from Anne’s mother Diany Binny. Since then they have been developing the garden into its preeminent position today. Johnny used his engineering skills in creation of new garden projects, while Anne has immersed herself not only in the gardening world but also in local life, being appointed High Sheriff of Gloucestershire in 2009. Johnny is also a trustee of a number of local charities including Lord Leycesters Hospital in Warwick, celebrating its 450th anniversary next year.

$15, members*; $20 non-members

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Image: Kiftsgate Court Gardens

December 2 @ 11:00 am
11:00 am — 12:00 pm (1h)


Royal Oak Foundation