Signpost Event: Celebrating Heritage Rhododendrons at Highbury
May 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm£55
Join the Chamberlain Highbury Trust for a study day at Highbury, which will focus on Joseph Chamberlain’s rhododendron collection, planted between 1879 and 1914. The programme will consist of a series of lectures in the morning followed by a tour of the gardens.
In 2018, the Chamberlain Highbury Trust commissioned a survey of the rhododendron collection at Highbury. Lear Associates identified and mapped over one hundred specimens and made recommendations for the future care of the collection. On the 17th May 2019, Michael and Beverley Lear will describe their findings and give a general introduction to rhododendrons.
Phillada Ballard (trustee of the Chamberlain Highbury Trust) will also speak about rhododendron planting in Birmingham gardens from the late 18th century to the 1970s. Beverley Lear will speak on a garden that predates Highbury – Biddulph Grange in N. Staffordshire, with its spectacular plantings of rhododendrons by James Bateman in the 1850s.
A tour of gardens will be led by Michael and Beverley Lear who will concentrate on the six areas with extant rhododendrons.
Tickets are £55 and you can book via Eventbrite.