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The Garden Festival 2013

the garden festival, richmond

For the first time, Richmond Upon Thames will celebrate the history and future of their beautiful gardens in The Garden Festival 2013. Explore horticultural landscapes on guided walks, learn about Richmond's heritage in a series of talks & lectures, and have fun with the family with a number of theatrical performances and children's activities. The festival began in May, and will continue right through to the end of October. Many of the events are free, and most don't go over 10.


the garden festival, richmond

Arcadian Vistas: Richmond's Landscape Gardens
Until 21st July, Orleans House Gallery, Free

Charting the change in local gardens, see how formal designs evolved in to more natural settings, and explore gothic and oriental styles.

Transforming Orleans: In Focus Display
Until 21st July, Orleans House Gallery, Free

Learn about the history of Orleans House.

Arcadia Revisited: Princess Amelia's View of Pen Ponds
16th September-14th October, White Lodge, Free

A visual arts project that depicts Princess Amelia's Arcadian vista.

Arcadia Revisited
25-27th September, Orleans House Gallery, Free

See contemporary art inspired by Arcadian landscapes.


the garden festival, richmond

Guided walks will include on-going tours of the Isabella Plantation, Kew Gardens, and Ham House. There will also be a 9 walk along Twickenham riverside on the 22nd June & 9th July and 10 walk along the Thames on the 8th June & 15th July.

Open Days

the garden festival, richmond

Alexander Pope's Grotto
8th & 15th June, Radnor House School, 5

Explore the 1725 grotto of poet, Alexander Pope during the Twickenham Festival Tickets can be booked by calling 020 8744 044 0474

Kilmorey Mausoleum Wildlife Garden
9th June, Kilmorey Mausoleum, Free

The Kilmorey Mausoleum is a uniquely Egyptian style building, with a magical garden, maintained by using sustainable methods.

The Shell Grotto
8th July, Hampton Court House, Free

See the 18th century grotto built by the Earl of Halifax. It is a Grade 2 listed building and was fully restored in 1986.

National Gardens Scheme Open Day
10th July, Ham House, Admission charges

Regular tours throughout the day will take you through the Cherry Garden, where you can admire the symmetrical design, and the heritage vegetables.


the garden festival, richmond

Performances include a free stage play of Julius Ceasar at the Orange Tree Theatre on the 8th June, and Tom Stoppard's Arcadia at the Hampton Hill Playhouse between 29th September - 5th October. Tickets are 8.

Family Events

the garden festival, richmond

Everyone can enjoy a creative day out with Emily Burton's Art Picnic. She will give 20 tuition (free for under 12s) classes in painting and drawing on the 23rd June at Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare and on the 21st July at Heron Square. There will be a third Art Picnic at Richmond's Terrace Gardens on the 7th September. These 10 classes will be taught by Jill Storey, where you will learn to paint the Victorian Pleasure Garden.

There will be plenty of other activities throughout the year, including an Antiques Roadshow, Herbal Workshop, and evening lectures.
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Why? Fun for families
When: On going events until 27th October
Phone: 0208 831 6000
Where: Richmond Upon Thames
Cost: Free-30
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