Nature’s Favourite Child: Thomas Robins and The Art of the Georgian Garden

AGT Talk on 5 May 2022 with Dr Cathryn Spence Avon Gardens Trust are delighted to welcome eminent local historian Dr Cathryn Spence to relaunch our live talks in 2022. Her recent publication of Nature’s Favourite Child: Thomas Robins and the Art of the Georgian Garden is a much anticipated tour de force of the Bath based artist, whose beautiful, intriguing drawings and paintings provide an invaluable testament for 18th century gardens and landscapes, including several in …

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Book – Nature’s Favourite Child

Thomas Robins, Bath

The publication of Nature’s Favourite Child: Thomas Robins and the Art of the Georgian Garden by Cathryn Spence is a much anticipated anthology of Thomas Robins the Bath based artist whose beautiful, intriguing drawings and paintings provide an invaluable testament for 18th century gardens and landscapes, many in Avon. These include Ralph Allen’s Prior Park and Sham Castle, Peirce’s Lilliput Castle (now Battlefields) and John Wood’s South and North Parade gardens. Cathryn has included a mouth watering …

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Johannes Kip; The Gloucestershire Engravings

The Gloucestershire engravings by Kip

Book Review  Johannes Kip; The Gloucestershire Engravings edited by Anthea Jones In our Spring 2021 Newsletter, this book was briefly introduced, and it is worthy of a fuller description here.  Anthea Jones is a notable historian and stalwart of our neighbouring county garden trust of Gloucestershire.  Her in-depth knowledge of the county is vast and this book is a treasure trove of facts and illustrations that emanate from the famous collection of Dutch engraver Johannes …

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Spring 2021 Newsletter

AGT News, Spring 2021

A copy of our Spring 2021 Newsletter is now available, full of interesting information relating to local Historical Gardens as well as news of events and reviews. 2021 Spring Newsletter

Urban Garden Opening in Bath

There is a new garden centere opening in Victoria Park, Bath on the site of the old B&NES Council Nurseries. This is a community led project and the plants are great quality. The aims of the Urban garden are sumarised – We are part of Grow Yourself, an established Community Interest Company (CIC), which for the past 5 years, has been helping young people get back into work. Our profits fund a programme of horticultural therapy …

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Sponsored Swim – An Update

The Garden Museum

Update on the Sponsored Swim by Christopher Woodward to save the Garden Museum In the Summer Newsletter, we wrote about the sponsored swim by Christopher Woodward, Director of the Garden Museum, to raise £100,000 towards the £270,000 shortfall of funds needed to save the Museum.  Avon Gardens Trust donated £500 towards the fund as it is such a fantastic museum and one that is close to the hearts of all garden historians. Conditions have been …

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Garden Museum Fundraising Swim: September 2020

The Director of the Garden Museum, Christopher Woodward, is planning an epic fundraising swim, aiming to raise £100,000 towards the £270,000 shortfall of funds needed to save the museum.  We spotted their cry for help and were eager to support this worthy endeavour. Within a day or so, our committee had unanimously agreed, by email, that this was a fantastic cause that we must contribute towards, and approved a donation of £500. Based in the …

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Photo Competition for Members

Flash, Bang, Wallop, What a Picture! So, you have sorted out the house plants, painted the spare room, read a long-anticipated book and deleted your old emails. It is pouring with rain and blowing a gale. You are bored to tears. Avon Gardens Trust are offering you something worthwhile to do. Over the last couple of years most of you will have visited interesting, colourful, inspiring gardens. Many of you will have taken photographs on …

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