Titch­marsh to launch £2m Amer­i­can gar­den

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Celebrity gar­dener Alan Titch­marsh will of­fi­cially launch the £2mil­lion new Amer­i­can gar­den at the The Amer­i­can Mu­seum & Gar­dens in Bath. The new gar­den will fea­ture new land­scap­ing, and plant­ing will pro­vide a horticultural in­sight into the flora and fauna of the United States. De­signed by a Wash­ing­ton Dcbased land­scape ar­chi­tec­ture firm, the new Amer­i­can gar­den is the com­pany’s first Euro­pean com­mis­sion, which in­cludes a se­ries of Amer­i­can-themed gar­dens and a sys­tem of cir­cu­la­tion which en­hances the ex­ist­ing land­scape and views over the Lim­p­ley Stoke Val­ley. The gar­den will fea­ture many na­tive US plants in­clud­ing trees, shrubs, peren­ni­als and bulbs. Di­rec­tor Richard Wen­dorf said: “We’re re­ally ex­cited to launch the new Amer­i­can gar­den and trans­formed Mount Ver­non Gar­den. As the only mu­seum out­side of the US ded­i­cated to cel­e­brat­ing Amer­i­can cul­ture, we’re con­stantly seek­ing new and in­spir­ing ways to show­case Amer­i­can his­tory. “Thanks to the gen­eros­ity of our friends in the UK and US, the new Amer­i­can gar­den will ex­tend the ex­pe­ri­ence beyond the doors of our pe­riod rooms and gal­leries. As an Amer­i­can, I’m so pleased vis­i­tors will have the op­por­tu­nity to explore so many won­der­ful plants from my homeland.” The gar­den will in­clude the in­tro­duc­tion of a nat­u­ral am­phithe­atre which will en­able the mu­seum to host con­certs and other events. A new ticket of­fice will serve as the en­try point along with an ac­ces­si­ble path pro­vid­ing a wind­ing way through the new fea­tures. The work of renowned in­ter­na­tional sculp­tor An­gela Con­nor will also fea­ture, with six larger-thanlife por­traits of key fig­ures in Amer­i­can his­tory. Head gar­dener An­drew Can­nell said: “The new Amer­i­can Gar­den is a hugely ex­cit­ing pro­ject with over 12,000 new plants thought­fully ar­ranged in bold, nat­u­ral­is­tic swathes. “Vis­i­tors in Septem­ber will see the gar­den at its very be­gin­ning and over the years can re­turn to see it grow and develop into some­thing very special.” The of­fi­cial launch on Satur­day will fea­ture live mu­sic and his­tor­i­cal char­ac­ters in the Mount Ver­non Gar­den giv­ing a flavour of life in 18th cen­tury Vir­ginia. The Amer­i­can Mu­seum and Gar­dens will be free to visit on Satur­day as part of Her­itage Open Days.

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