22nd June
1:00pm - 1:45pm

The Lost Gardens of Heligan – Preserving the Past to Protect the Future

Festival Talk with Alasdair Moore

The Lost Gardens of Heligan – Preserving the Past to Protect the Future

Join Alasdair Moore, the Manager of Estate & Gardens at the renowned Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall for a fascinating talk that explores the vital connection between preserving the past and safeguarding the future.

Discover the enchanting story of The Lost Gardens of Heligan and gain insight into the invaluable role heritage gardens play in addressing the challenges of the future.

Alasdair will unravel the secrets that have made Heligan a beacon of conservation and sustainability. Explore the relevance of these gardens in addressing current issues such as nutrition and biodiversity loss, and learn how the lessons from the past can guide us towards a more resilient and sustainable future.

Speaker Bio - Alasdair Moore
Alasdair Moore is Manager of Estate & Gardens at the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall.
 
Alasdair’s first horticultural job was as an assistant-gardener at Queen’s Park in London, before a life-changing year as a garden student in the Abbey Gardens, Tresco on the Isles of Scilly. Following training at RHS Wisley and working at West Green House, Hampshire, Alasdair returned to Tresco as Asst-Head Gardener, where he remained for the next ten years. During this time, Alasdair was a Winston Churchill Fellow, researching proteas in South Africa, and studied botanic garden management at RBG Kew.
 
Alasdair left Tresco in 2003 to write a book about the great Victorian horticultural figure Sir Thomas Hanbury ( “La Mortola – in the footsteps of Sir Thomas Hanbury”) and worked for a time as a freelance horticultural journalist (Gardens Illustrated, The Independent and the Telegraph). He also spent time as an international garden guide, leading tours to South Africa, the Riviera, Madeira, China and Japan. Alasdair returned to Tresco for another ten years, gardening and writing before becoming the island’s Marketing Manager. The lure of horticulture proved too strong and most recently Alasdair spent three years as Horticultural Manager of the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery, before taking up his current post at Heligan.
 

At A Glance

Date and time

22nd June
1:00pm - 1:45pm

Cost

£10, plus a valid Day Admission ticket for Borde Hill Garden Festival.

Important info

Location: The Animal Room, Borde Hill House

Follow the signs to the terrace to arrive at Borde Hill House 5 minutes before the talk start time.

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