Acclaimed US landscape designer headlines horticulture lecture series

October 2012

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An acclaimed modernist landscape designer from the USA will be the headline speaker at this year’s horticulture lecture series at Writtle College.

The popular James Hearsum Lecture Series starts on 16 October and this year’s line-up again sees internationally-renowned horticulturists and designers coming to Writtle.

Brainchild of former horticulture student James Hearsum, the comprehensive, illustrated lecture series - now in its eighth year - is delivered by professional horticulturists, contractors and designers.

Steve Martino heads-up the series this year, travelling from Phoenix, Arizona, to speak to students and visitors on 16 October.

Steve will be followed by Sarah Eberle, renowned UK garden designer, on 27 November and Helen Dillon, gardening writer and owner of The Dillon Garden, Ranelagh, Dublin, on 4 December.

On Tuesday 15 January, Prof Tim Entwisle, Director of Conservation, Living Collections and Estates at Kew Gardens, will deliver a lecture.

Nick Macer, founder of specialist plant nursery Pan Global Plants in Gloucestershire, will finish the series on Tuesday 5 March.

This eighth lecture series has been organised by Greg Allen, Senior Lecturer in Landscape Studies at the College, with a team of first, second and third year students.

Mr Allen says: “These speakers will approach aspects of horticulture and design from varying perspectives. Their lectures will include lavish illustrations and there will be an opportunity for questions and discussions once the lectures are complete.

“Hosted by students of Writtle College, with support of the tutors, we hope this series will open up debate about the direction of gardening, landscapes and horticulture.”

All the proceeds of the lecture series go to the Writtle College Students’ Union and are used to provide travel bursaries to some of the most important gardens in the world.

Mr Allen adds: “We were pleased to award five travel bursaries to design and horticulture students from the proceeds of the last talk series and the recipients travelled to gardens in Italy, Scotland and New York. These included the New York Highline project, Villa D'Este in Italy, a sonic garden in Florence and the Fungi Futures conference in Devon.

“The lecture series talks continue to help motivate and inspire our young students to venture out and expand their experience of landscapes and gardens.”

All the lectures in the series - entitled Plants, People and Places - start at 7.30pm in the Northumberland Lecture Theatre at the College. The full series of five lectures costs £45 for visitors and £30 for current students. Tickets and further details are available from the Writtle College Students’ Union or via Greg Allen on 01245 424200 or