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Katharine Woods
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Katharine Woods MA

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Lecturer in gardening and garden history with an MA in Garden and Landscape History from the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. Currently studying for a PhD in garden history. Specialist subjects include the parks and gardens of post-war London, the history of an Arts and Crafts garden in Buckinghamshire, gardening with alpines, and gardening under glass. Katharine's garden blog, The Tea Break Gardener, contains weekly diaries, plant profiles and how-to guides featuring her own photographs. Details of Katharine's talks on a wide range of garden history and gardening topics can be found on her website.

Additional Interests

Studying for a PhD in post-war landscape planning history.


Based in: Great Missenden
Distance willing to travel: 1 - 1.5 hour travel from home. Further by negotiation.
Virtual talks available: Yes

Fees: £120 plus travel expenses but with discounts for local groups.

Talks: Talks on gardens, plants and gardening techniques: Growing alpines - includes information on alpine plants, how to build a rockery and other options for growing alpines in any garden) Gardening on the web - (a talk about how to use the internet for garden inspiration, the joys and pitfalls of garden social media, and buying plants online.) Japanese Gardens and Cherry blossom - (an overview of Japanese garden styles and photos from the Sakura season in Japan) Growing sweet peas - (tips for growing great straight-stemmed sweet peas to cut for the home, including sumptuous photos of some favourite varieties) How to make the best use of a greenhouse - (Ideas for using your greenhouse to augment your gardening and to expand your range beyond summer tomatoes!) Get the exotic look - plants for a tropical garden vibe - (Hardy and semi-hardy plant suggestions for UK gardens) Snowdrops: Winter's White Gold - (an insight into the obsession of galanthophiles and why snowdrops are more than just small white flowers) Garden History Talks: The development of an Arts and Crafts small country house and garden in Buckinghamshire - (of particular interest to those keen on the Edwardian era, the history of Buckinghamshire or the development of  'Metroland'.  This talk includes rare photographs from a by-gone era) The Blitz as a Catalyst for Greening London - (how the devastation of bombing created opportunities for new parks and gardens - including some surprising stories of what once lay beneath some of London's best-loved parks)


United Kingdom

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