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Garden Technology A 6-part online lecture series on the development of garden technology, on Tuesdays @ 10 am starting 21 Feb.

February 21, 2023 - March 28, 2023

This six-week series of lectures will look at the history and development of garden technology from Medieval times right up to the present day. The ‘technology’ of gardening has developed enormously over the past centuries due to mechanisation, automation, and advances in science – and we can now grow plants without soil, we have automated watering systems for our greenhouses and we can watch while the robot mower, controlled from our smartphones, trims our lawns to perfection. But although we may approach them differently, the tasks and challenges that face gardeners today are much the same as they were back in Tudor times and earlier: preparing the soil, planting, protecting, composting, propagating and so on and so on. The rise in the organic movement over the past few decades has reminded us that the gardeners of old knew at least as much about gardening and working in harmony with nature as we do now, so how have new technologies developed and progressed our gardening knowledge, practice, and techniques?

We have engaged a series of expert speakers to examine this question, including the renowned garden writer and designer, Noel Kingsbury, National Trust curator James Rothwell, expert on lawnmowers through the ages Keith Wootton, as well as regular Gardens Trust lecturers Jill Francis and our very own David Marsh; who will take a different technology in turn – tools, fertilizers, pest control, glasshouses, lawnmowers and plant breeding – and explore their history and development in relation to gardening.


This ticket is for the entire course of 6 sessions, or you may purchase a ticket for individual sessions, costing £5 via the links below. [Gardens Trust members may use their promo code for an additional 10% discount.]

Attendees will be sent a Zoom link 2 days (and again a few hours) prior to the start of the first talk (If you do not receive this link please contact us), and a link to the recorded session will be sent shortly after each session and will be available for 1 week.

Due to a recent Apple decision to charge a 30% fee for paid online events unfortunately you may no longer be able to purchase this ticket from the Eventbrite iOS app. Please use a web browser on desktop or mobile to purchase or follow the link here.


Week 1. 21st February: An Introduction – the Tools of the Trade. First in a series of 6 online lectures, £5 each or all 6 for £24.

Week 2. 28th February: Plant Breeding – a Short History. Second in a series of 6 online lectures, £5 each or all 6 for £24.

Week 3. 7th March: Things ‘that noye Gardens’ – a History of Pest Control. Third in a series of 6 online lectures, £5 each or all 6 for £24.

Week 4. 14th March: A Glittering Tale – a History of the Glasshouse in Britain. Fourth in a series of 6 online lectures, £5 each or all 6 for £24.

Week 5. 20th March: From Scythes to to Cyber – 190 Years of the Mower Fifth in a series of 6 online lectures, £5 each or all 6 for £24.

Week 6. 28th March: What Made our Gardens Grow? a History of Poo. Last in a series of 6 online lectures, £5 each or all 6 for £24.