Lecture - Saul Walker – Antony House: The National Trust House with a Dual Personality

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 12:01 AM

Saul Walker fell in love with gardening as a result of his grandparents’ passion for visiting historic houses and gardens. After a brief spell as an archaeologist, he trained as a gardener for the National Trust at Antony House in Cornwall.

He later studied on the three-year Kew Diploma in Botanical Horticulture where he was exposed to fantastic plant collections, and travelled to Australia, Southern Spain and the French Riviera to study and work in internationally renowned gardens. He subsequently joined the RHS Shows department and became Show Manager for RHS Chelsea.

Unable to resist the call back to his native Devon, Saul became Head Gardener of Stonelands House in 2015. His special interest is in woodland gardens.

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    This five-day garden tour takes in the finest gardens of Kent and Sussex, and showcases late summer planting. One of the many highlights is an exclusive visit to Perch Hill where we will enjoy a talk by Sarah Raven, a guided tour of her gardens and lunch.

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