Trust Talk in Partnership with The Bermuda Botanical Society: The Development of the Walled Garden at Cressing Temple

16 January 2020 18:00 – 20:00

A talk about the restoration of the original planting and the historical use of plants in mediaeval and Tudor gardens 

by Sandra Nicholson 

Cressing Temple was a medieval manor, an estate given to the Knights Templar in 1137.  Their Barley and Wheat Barns, built in the 13th century, are two of the oldest surviving timber barns and amongst the very few Templar buildings to survive in England today.  In the 16th century, the manor belonged to the Smyth family who built a Tudor mansion.  Later owners pulled this down, but their walled garden and granary remain.

Friends of Cressing Temple gardens, of which Sandra is President,  are working to protect these special gardens in their unique setting by focusing on their conservation and development into a place of research, education and historical representation as well as a source of therapeutic and medicinal plant knowledge." Today Cressing Temple is of supreme interest for its unique buildings and garden, but is also an increasingly rare example of a traditional Essex farmstead which preserves its buildings intact.

Sandra Nicholson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Sustainable Environments and Design and Course Scheme Manager for several postgraduate courses at Writtle University College, Essex, UK. She teaches on under- and post-graduate courses in horticulture and landscape design. Originally trained as a horticulturist and gaining the Royal Horticultural Society’s highest award, the Master of Horticulture,


Thursday, January 16th, 2020, Waterville, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Wine and cheese will be served
Cost: members - $20, non-members - $25

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