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10 May 2018TAS 50th Anniversary Lecture
04 May 2018Jane Austen at Home
22 March 2018Thank you note from the Fitzwilliam Museum
02 February 2018Press Release: The Arts Society Cambridge donates £9,000 to the Hamilton Kerr Institute to fund student bursaries
14 December 2017Gala Evening at the Barrandov Opera
16 October 2017Dickens in London - Trip report
29 September 2017Bloomsbury Group in Cambridge - Trip report
20 September 2017Koestler Trust Award
19 September 2017Changes to Bus Route U at Madingley Park & Ride
28 April 2017Visit report for the Liverpool Visit, 23-27 April
30 March 2017Trip Report: Churches in the East Anglian Broads with John Vigar
20 February 2017A Day in Greenwich - Trip report
12 December 2016Christmas in the Colleges - Trip Report
01 December 2016The Four Societies Concert and the Day in Greenwich
06 October 2016The first lecture in October
05 October 2016A Change to our Advertised Lecture Programme in November
09 June 2016Compton Verney Trip Report
09 June 2016Compton Verney Shakespeare exhibition highlighted by The Art Fund
18 May 2016Our Young Arts work this year
07 April 2016Visit to the Goldsmiths' Company and William Morris Gallery, 7 April 2016
22 October 2015The Boughton House Visit
23 July 2015Boughton House (our October Visit) featured in Gardens Illustrated
04 July 2015Booking for the Boughton House visit in October.
08 June 2015Farewell from our Visits Secretaries
30 April 2015Important time change for the April Special Interest Day.
09 April 2015Young Arts
09 April 2015The AGM
09 April 2015The Society's Accounts
09 April 2015Visit to Broughton Castle and Rousham House and Gardens on 4 June
09 April 2015Membership Renewals - due back by 23 May.
12 March 2015Parking
05 February 2015A Remarkable Collection
08 January 2015NADFAS Member Survey - closing date 31 January 2015
29 November 2014Heritage Volunteers' Project at the Folk Museum
28 November 2014Young Arts
27 November 2014The Waiting List
06 November 2014News from the Committee

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College Gardens Walking Tour Report
Thursday 12 July 2018

College Gardens Walking Tour Report 

On Thursday 21 June, our group assembled at Wolfson College on Barton Road for coffee and greetings in The Combination Room.  After refreshments, we were met by Phil Stigwood, the Head Gardener at Wolfson who showed us around the many and varied areas of garden.  Areas included vegetation grown in shaded areas as well as full sun: Phil described methods of planting, watering and maintenance.  Wolfson has several versions of topiary and also has a very distinctive Chinese Garden featuring stones shipped from China by a benefactor.  In all, the beautiful gardens at Wolfson are very distinctive and interesting.  It is possible to visit them individually after reporting to The Porters Lodge on arrival.

After a delicious sandwich and champagne lunch and a chance to further stroll around the gardens, we made our way to Selwyn College where we were greeted by Lady Sheila Harrison, the Masters wife, who introduced us to the Head gardener, Andrew Myson.  Andrew began his tour telling us the fascinating history of the gardens since their inception during the Victorian period. He then escorted us through the gardens, which include species from around the world, such as banana trees.  Andrew’s challenge at present is that the gardens had become too mature and in need of updating, so he showed us areas where he has plans for the future and areas where he has cut back or away overgrowth to reveal lovely new spaces.  In all, it was a very interesting tour, highlighting some fascinating changes for the future.

We were blessed with beautiful weather for our day and many members of our group took notes and photos for use in their own gardens.  Certainly, the tours were very informative and we are very grateful to the Gardeners that made their time available to us, as well as the Colleges for hosting us.

Thank you to all who came; we had a great group and a lovely day.