A two-day sym­po­sium at the Univer­sity of Es­sex will bring to­gether some of the most in­flu­en­tial hor­ti­cul­tural thinkers to dis­cuss Eco­log­i­cal Plant­ing in the 21st Cen­tury – and to cel­e­brate the life of plantswoman Beth Chatto, who died ear­lier this year

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Tak­ing Beth Chatto’s own ap­proach to plant­ing as a start­ing point, this in­ter­na­tional gath­er­ing of speak­ers will talk about how, through their own work, they are try­ing to re-imag­ine their ap­proach to both the de­sign and prac­tice of eco­log­i­cal gar­den­ing, and fur­ther ad­vance and ex­pand gar­den­ers’ plant pal­ettes. Beth Chatto and her hus­band Andrew be­gan their gar­den in Elm­stead Mar­ket, Es­sex, in 1960. Com­bin­ing Andrew’s research of nat­u­ral plant com­mu­ni­ties and Beth’s pas­sion for gar­den­ing, they trans­formed land de­clared un­fit for agri­cul­ture into an oa­sis of green and gravel. Over sev­eral decades, Beth de­vel­oped and re­fined her eco­log­i­cally in­spired com­bi­na­tions of dry, damp and shade-lov­ing plants both in the gar­den and for sale in her nurs­ery. Her many books over the years have fo­cused on spe­cific grow­ing ar­eas, of­ten con­sid­ered chal­leng­ing, but as Beth has shown, it is more about the cor­rect plant com­bi­na­tions and a con­sid­er­a­tion of right plant, right place.

This unique event will be held at the Univer­sity of Es­sex in Colch­ester on 30-31 Au­gust 2018 and is open to ev­ery­one with an in­ter­est in plant­ing and sus­tain­abil­ity. All pro­ceeds from the Sym­po­sium will go to sup­port the work of the Beth Chatto Ed­u­ca­tion Trust – key to en­sur­ing Beth Chatto’s legacy in ed­u­cat­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of gar­den­ers.

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