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Joyous Gardening
From Start to Finish

The Tapestry Hall, Boughton House

by kind permission of the Duke of Buccleuch


Griselda Kerr

Griselda has created her garden at the Dower House, Melbourne with enormous energy and enthusiasm over the last 20 years. She describes herself as ‘always thinking about plants’, and those who visited with us in June 2018 will know what an inspiration her garden is.

She will talk about how her garden evolved, the importance of giving plants the attention that will help them to flourish and the joy to be found in the changing seasons. Griselda feels that gardening should be intuitive, releasing, and invigorating, and a place where plants seem happy to have met.

Griselda has recently drawn from her years of gardening knowledge and experience to write The Apprehensive Gardener. This book was written to understand what could be done to help a plant thrive. It was designed for constant quick reference, and as a practical guide for new and more experienced gardeners on the care of more than 700 garden plants.

Griselda trained in horticulture and garden design at the English Gardening School, Broomfield College and Brooksby College. Her garden is regularly open to the public.  Follow Griselda on Instagram

The lake at the Dower House, Melbourne


In 1910 the artist Alfred East gave Kettering a collection of 70 of his best works, with the condition that the town would build a gallery to house them. Funded by public subscription the Alfred East Gallery was opened in 1913 and now houses a rich and varied collection of over 900 pieces.

Visit to Jockey Club Rooms
& National Horseracing Museum


Bronze statue of Hyperion at the Jockey Club Rooms, Newkarket

We do hope you will join us for what promises to be a very entertaining day at Newmarket. Christopher Tregoning, a former Trustee of the National Horseracing Museum and Ben Hanbury, the former trainer, and now Keeper of the Jockey Club Collection, have very kindly agreed to be our guides.

We will start the day at the magnificent Jockey Club Rooms which for over 265 years have been at the centre of British horseracing. These house one of the finest collections of equine art in the world, and countless historical artefacts that have been given over the years.

The afternoon is full of interest starting with a tour of the Packard Gallery of British Sporting Art, which includes works by Stubbs, Munnings, and Sargent, and significant loans from the Tate and Victoria & Albert Musueum as well as a number of private collections. These are all housed in what remains of Charles II’s Racing Palace.

Rothschild Yard, Newmarket

We will then spend time seeing horses in the Rothschild Yard, built in 1930 for Leopold Rothschild and now the flagship home for the retraining of racehorses. Finally, there is a tour of the Museum Galleries in the Trainers House and King’s Yard Galleries. This will take you through the origins and colourful history of racing, and includes the opportunity to ride a winner on the ever popular racehorse simulator!