BETH CHATTO SYMPOSIUM
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
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.