600 years of Syon Garden History - Topher Martyn - Friends Lecture

19 January 2017, 7.30 PM - 19 January 2017, 9.00 PM

Topher Martyn, Head Gardener, Syon House

The Frank Theatre, Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TL

A galloping history of 600 years of Syon garden history, followed by a visual tour of House, Estate and Gardens, and then a section on the practicalities of actually living and working in such a place. 

 Topher Martyn is Head Gardener at Syon House, the London home of the Duke of Northumberland.  Topher came into horticulture by accident, as he was working on a research degree in Classical Greek historiography at Bristol University, and looking for a source of income which required no skill, experience or training.  Gardening was a perfect match.  A spell at Vine House in Henbury, followed by a couple of years at Bracken Hill, made it clear that there was much more fun to be had playing outdoors than in the University library.  Three years at Kew then led to a move over the river to Syon House, where he has worked for 18 years.

 This lecture is organised by the Friends of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden.

The lecture will be held at the Frank Theatre, Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TL.

All lectures start at 7.30pm (except in March) and are free to Friends on production of their membership card. Visitors will be asked for a donation (suggested £5). Attendees can use any University car park: the nearest are in University Walk and The Hawthorns. No booking necessary.

Disabled access: The University will make every effort to provide disabled access where possible. Disabled parking is available and wheelchair access is by the ramp at the side of the main steps. If you require support due to a disability please email: sally@meadows517.orangehome.co.uk


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