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Talk, Fri 10 Mar 2017

The Victorian Head Gardener

The Victorian Head Gardener

Address

Hill Road,
Lyme Regis,
Dorset,
DT7 3PG

Details

Francis's father started his career in Horticulture as gardener's boy on a large estate just before the First World War. Hear about the fascinating life of the Victorian country estate, which has now entirely vanished. Learn the correct way of mowing a lawn with a horse-drawn mower, how to grow grapes, pineapples and cucumbers, and why and when William Robinson's butler had to serve his master with a pear on a silver tray. You will also discover why the Ministry of Defence issued thousands of stirrup pumps to the Home Guard in the Second World War.

A man of many parts – expert on the history of glass, travelling church organist, leading light in amateur dramatics, local historian, gardener, plant enthusiast … – Francis has many years experience as a public speaker. He is always complimented on the fact that he is clearly heard at the back of a large hall, even without a microphone, despite the audience's (appropriate) laughter!

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 10 Mar 2017 11:00 to 12:00

Prices

Free to U3A members; suggested donation of £2 for non members

Location

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Map reference: ND 340233  Lat: 50.72691 Long: -2.93636