The Beth Chatto Symposium 2024 – 'Beneath the Surface'

August 29th 2024

'Beneath the Surface' – the third Beth Chatto Symposium will take place this August and will 'delve deep into hidden realms to explore many of the lesser-known factors that affect the way we garden. This exploration will investigate the ways in which we can perceive and understand the processes in which we are intimately entangled and how we can engage with them in ways that are beneficial to all the parties involved.'

Related to this theme, there are three strands:

'Perceiving – revealing research into hidden realms and new worlds.

Thinking – big ideas about our relationships with the natural world and how we define and express them (through language and forms of representation)

Doing – putting new ideas in practice, skills, design and activism.'

Normally, the Symposium attracts delegates such as; leading horticulturists, garden designers, conservationists, landscape architects, gardeners and students.

'With a diverse line-up of speakers and moderated discussion panels, the symposium aims to stimulate conversation and shared learning'.

This two-day special event will take place on:

Thursday 29th & Friday 30th August, 2024

Ivor Crewe Lecture Theatre
University of Essex
Park Rd
Essex, CO4 3SQ

Tickets will also include an invitation to The Garden Party, held at Beth Chatto's Plants & Gardens on the evening of Thursday 29th August (commencing at 6 pm).

Early bird ticket prices (when available):

Standard: £345 per person

Student: £245 per person

Livestream: £200 per person

There will also be an optional day of tours and talks at the Gardens on Saturday 31st August.

All proceeds generated from 'Beneath the Surface', will go towards furthering the work of the Beth Chatto Education Trust (a registered charity).

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