Thursday, 2 April 2009

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Kelmarsh at Home
Sunday June 14th

A Book Festival Celebrating
Home and Garden Writing

Kelmarsh Hall welcomes guests who treasure fine interiors and beautiful gardens to its first Book Festival. The event explores good living, good design and the personality of home.
Once the residence of Nancy Lancaster, society decorator and owner of Colefax and Fowler, Kelmarsh Hall still bears the imprint of her shabby-chic flair and gardening panache. The elegant Palladian Hall with its virtuoso gardens is the perfect country house retreat to host a book festival.
Speakers include:
a) Professional gardener turned award-winning author Stephen Anderton on his latest passion, Discovering Welsh Gardens, and a sneak preview of his work in progress: a biography of gardening doyen Christopher Lloyd.
b) Celebrity Granny, cookery writer and gardener, Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall, talks on her latest foray into generational perfection, The Good Granny Companion.

c) Decorating expert and Farrow & Ball consultant Joa Studholme guides listeners through the opportunities Colour offers to transform your living environment.
d) Prolific author and academic Katie Campbell’s Paradise of Exiles revivifies the eccentric Anglo-Italian set of Tuscany as they gardened and gossiped their way through the dying years of the nineteenth century.
e) Acclaimed biographer Martin Wood ranges through the tradition of country house decorating and previews his next subject, Laura Ashley, designer and brand queen.

f) Columnist and anthologist Ursula Buchan surveys the bygone post-war gardening scene and its true characters – including Nancy Lancaster in Garden People: Valerie Finnis and the Golden Age of Gardening.

g) Andrew Wilson, Chelsea Flower Show judge and designer, Tim Richardson, landscape critic and historian, and Stephen Anderton debate what makes gardens personal and how they bear the character of their makers.
h) Geffrye Museum deputy director, Christine Lalumia, speaks on the representation of interiors and gardens in painting.

Ticket prices £8.00
To register for a booking form, email or call 01604 686543
Notes to Editors:
Location Kelmarsh Hall is on the border of rural Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, 5 miles South of Market Harborough and a 20 mile drive from the M1 and M6.
Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens are owned by The Kelmarsh Trust, a registered charity. The Gardens are Royal Horticultural Society
For press enquiries and images, please contact: Lesley Denton at the Estate Office on 01604 686543 or


James A-S said...

and I have to be in the NEC for GW Live.
Oh well.

The Garden Monkey said...

Perhaps we can organise some kind of "absent friends" toast in your honour.

Alex said...

Nothing on garden offices!

Plant Mad Nige said...

This all looks a bit dangerously up-market, to me. One can get so embroiled in theory of it all and forget to, well, just dig and hoe and hew.

I'm reminded of Angus McFugus's comment in Sellars and Yeatman's Garden Rubbish:
'I haven't actually read any of these books, but just to fondle the covers is positively thrilling!'