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Celebrating the life and work of Graham Stuart Thomas OBE VHM DHM VMM
Founder President of the Historic Rose Group
The Garden History Society in conjunction with The National Trust is holding a centenary event to celebrate the life and work of Graham Stuart Thomas (1909-2003), nurseryman, horticultural writer, illustrator, Garden Consultant to the National Trust, creator of the Mottisfont Abbey garden of old roses, and, at the age of 83, the first President of the Historic Roses Group. A more appropriate candidate for this latter post it would be hard to conceive – Graham set a standard it has proved hard to follow.
The event will take place on Thursday 18 June 2009 and will be at two closely adjacent venues. The event will begin at the Potters Heron Hotel, Winchester Road, Ampfield, SO51 9ZF, tel: 02380 277800. Ampfield is on the A3090 between Winchester and Romsey.
Coffee & Registration is from 0900 and the programme begins at 0945. There will be five speakers, including Graham’s nephew and Brent Elliott, Librarian of the RHS Lindley Library. A buffet lunch will be provided.
After tea, delegates will travel the 5 miles (approx.) to Mottisfont Abbey where there will be a reception on the lawn accompanied by madrigals and a tour of Graham’s rose garden conducted by David Stone, Head Gardener, who helped Graham create the garden.
Cost for the day will be £60.00 per head
For further details please contact Anne Richards, 5 The Knoll, Hereford, HR1 1RU,
tel: 01432 354479