Join us for a lively conversation centered on the novel The Last Garden in England by Julia Kelly. Led by Samantha Engel, Dow Gardens Historian, and Debbie Anderson, Program Manager, this dynamic discussion will delve into various themes such as landscape design, restoration, history, love, loss, and connect each with Dow Gardens.
Refreshments will be available for purchase. There is a $15.00 registration fee. Due to popularity registration is required and will close on January 16th.
About the Book
The Last Garden in England is a poignant and heartwrenching tale of five women in three eras, whose lives are tied together by one very special place.
Present Day: Emma Lovett, who has dedicated her life to breathing new life into long-neglected gardens, has just been given the opportunity of a lifetime: to restore the gardens of the famed Highbury House, designed in 1907 by her hero Venetia Smith. But as Emma dives deeper into the garden’s past, she begins to uncover secrets that have long been hidden from history.
1907: A talented artist with a growing reputation for her ambitious work, Venetia Smith has carved out a niche for herself as a garden designer to well-to-do industrialists, solicitors, and bankers looking to show off their wealth with sumptuous country houses. She is determined to make Highbury House a triumph, but the gardens there—and the people she meets—will change her life forever.
1944: When land girl Beth Pedley arrives at a farm on the outskirts of the village of Highbury, all she wants is to find a place she can call home, while cook Stella Adderton could not be more desperate to leave Highbury House pursue her own dreams. Diana Symonds, a widow and the mistress of the grand house, is desperately trying to cling to her pre-war life now that Highbury House has been requisitioned to become a convalescent hospital for wounded soldiers. But when war threatens the gardens at Highbury House, these three women are drawn together by a secret that will last decades.
The Last Garden in England explores the unexpected connections that can cross time and the special places that can bind us together in unbreakable bonds.