Fall in Love with Tatton's Autumn Colour: Lecture and Tour of the Japanese Garden | Knutsford Times

Fall in Love with Tatton’s Autumn Colour: Lecture and Tour of the Japanese Garden

By on September 18, 2009

Tatton’s green-fingered guru hosts a special lecture entitled ‘From China to Cheshire: A look at the history and evolution of Japanese gardens in Britain from their origins in China’ on Wednesday 7th October.  The talk is followed by a guided tour of the Gardens, focusing on the Japanese Garden, which will then be in its full blush of autumn colour.

Sam’s talk draws a successful season of lunchtime lectures to a close. The series has covered a diverse range of topics, from family history and the treasures of the Mansion collection to the audacious explorations of Victorian plant-hunters.

Taking place in the stunning Mansion Entrance Hall, Sam’s lecture will shed light on the origins of Tatton’s own Japanese Garden.  Considered to be the finest example of a Japanese Garden in Europe, 2010 marks the centenary of the idea to introduce this Garden to Tatton.

Alan de Tatton Egerton initiated the building of the garden in 1910, following an inspirational visit to the Anglo-Japanese Exhibition at White City in London, that same year.  A team of Japanese workmen, overseen by then Head Gardener Mr Cubberley, gave the garden its shape, structure and planting scheme which have been enjoyed by millions of visitors in the last hundred years.

Sam commented “the Japanese Garden is one of the most special and spiritual parts of the Gardens and this time of year, it really comes into its own.  I love the rich jewellery-box colours in the autumn leaves of the Acers and Ferns, whose leaves are beautifully offset by the lush, damp green banks of moss”.

Although visitors are always able to see the Japanese Garden from its exterior, the interior garden is usually only accessible on special tours.  The event on 7th October gives attendees a fantastic opportunity to walk within the garden – and there’s no-one better than Sam with which to explore it!

Sam Youd has lived and worked at Tatton for nearly 30 years.  With over 45 years of garden expertise and an intimate knowledge of our gardens, Tatton’s resident raconteur offers a unique perspective on this very special part of our Gardens.
Sam Youd Lecture: Wednesday 7th October

China to Cheshire: A look at the history and evolution of Japanese garden in Britain from their origins in Cheshire

Lecture commences at 11am and is followed by a Garden Tour at 12pm.  Lunch packages are available (in the Stables Restaurant).  All lectures £9 per person.  Lunch and lecture £22. Includes Car entry.  Pre booking essential: 01625 374428

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