Fascinating horticultural lecture with Sue Minter at Leighton Middle

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A well-known horticultural consultant is coming to Leighton Middle School on Saturday – and the public is invited.

Bedfordshire’s branch of the Association of Gardens Trusts is holding this year’s AGM at the school’s historic Assembly Hall at 2pm.

Sue Minter will be giving an illustrated lecture on Alicia Amherst who wrote ‘A History of Gardening in England’ in 1895, which traces English gardens from monastic times until the 19th century.

Lady Amherst was deeply involved with the movement for horticultural education for women. She travelled very widely, collecting plants at times, including to Southern Africa, Australia and Canada.

Her family were also responsible for recruiting Howard Carter, who discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, into archaeology. Carter actually illustrated part of Alicia’s ‘History’.

Lady Amherst was a trustee of the Chelsea Physic Garden from 1899 until 1941.

Recently awarded The Veitch Memorial Medal for her services to horticulture, Sue Minter is a horticultural consultant specialising in economic botany. She has a particular interest in medicinal plant policy issues and in public engagement with science.

Sue Minter was supervisor of the Palm House at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, during its restoration in the 1980s, when she designed the replanting.

She wrote her biography of Alicia Amherst using the archive at the Chelsea Physic Garden after working as curator there from 1991–2001.

After leaving the Chelsea Physic Garden, Sue was head of Living Collections at the Eden Project. She has also been chair of the Herb Society and president of the Institute of Horticulture.

Sue other publications include ‘The Greatest Glasshouse’ (on Kew’s Palm House), ‘The Apothecaries Garden’ (which was recently revised and updated for Eden) and ‘The Healing Garden’, a history of the Chelsea Physic Garden which was published for the Millennium.

After the talk there will be a guided walk around the grounds of Leighton Middle School in its historic setting hidden in the heart of the town

 There are three listed buildings including a Garden Temple and you can follow the fascinating Tree Trail among both native and exotic species.

For further details and to book in to the Bedfordshire Gardens Trust AGM contact meekums@btinternet.com. Everyone is welcome, they would just like some idea on numbers.