Armscote Manor, near Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire is holding another Lecture Series in the week commencing Tuesday 13th October 2009 and all funds raised are going to Shipston Home Nursing.
Shipston Home Nursing, provide the best quality of life, nursing and care for those experiencing any terminal illness. Shipston Home Nursing will provide nursing care and respite care within the last three months of life for those who wish to remain in their own home.

The Lecture Series is as follows:-

Tuesday 13th October 2009- Andrew Lawson
Tales of a Garden Photographer
Andrew Lawson is a passionate gardener himself, and his garden in Oxfordshire is open once a year under the National Gardens Scheme. He is author of ‘The Gardeners’ Book of Colour’ and his photographs have illustrated books by Rosemary Verey, Penelope Hobhouse, as well as ‘The Garden at Highgrove’ by HRH The Prince of Wales.

Wednesday 14th October 2009 – Chris Brown
A Love of Plants and the Stories They Tell
Chris Brown’s passion for plants developed when he was a boy. He trained at the RHS Gardens Wisley, Askham Bryan College-York and Cambridge University Botanic Garden. On completing his training he worked briefly in
commercial landscaping before returning to the private sector, firstly for Lord Heseltine and afterwards for Dame Felicity Peake. In the late 80’s he set up his own design / landscape business before developing a specialist nursery which has been featured on BBC Gardeners World. He has been influenced by many well known plants people over the years and along with their knowledge came the fascinating stories, about the plants.

Thursday 15th October 2009 – Jim Keeling
The Terracotta Gardener
After leaving Cambridge University with a degree in Archaeology and History, Jim trained at Wrecclesham Pottery before starting his own pottery in 1976 specialising in making terracotta. Since then Whichford Pottery has become
world renowned for its enormous range of flowerpots, its creative plantings and numerous Chelsea Flower Show displays. Jim Keeling is passionate about keeping traditional skills alive and has written two books, “The Terracotta Gardener” and “Flowerpots”, about his work. Apart from flowerpots, he also sculpts statuary and, along with his wife Dominique, produces Sgraffito domestic ware. Jim’s talk will show how we can decorate our gardens both with terracotta pots and beautiful planting.

Friday 16th October 2009
Jane Austen and Colette; Two Daughters of Music
Devised by Robert White with Jane Streeton (soprano), Maggie Henderson (actor) and Maggie Cole (piano)    
Jane Austen (1775-1817) and Colette (1873-1954) had a supreme ability to describe the intricacies of love and the world immediately around them, and were two of the greatest stylists in their respective languages. This programme shows just how central music was to their lives and art. If offers the music so intimately associated with them –
Haydn, Gluck, Storace and Ravel, Debussy and Poulenc – alongside their distinctive and colourful writing.

The evenings start at 7pm with a glass of wine and the lecture at 7.30pm
Sponsored by Bablake Wines Limited
Taste of the Country will be providing delicious Mediterranean platters.

For tickets please contact:

Deborah Williams or Madelaine James at Armscote Manor.

Armscote Manor, Armscote, Warwickshire CV37 8DA

Telephone 01608 682375
E Mail       [email protected]
Web site

Please make cheques payable to Shipston Home Nursing and send applications for tickets with a self addressed stamped envelope.

Ticket prices:-
1 lecture: £14.00 2 lectures: £26.00 3 lectures: £33.00 4 lectures: £44.00
Tickets not available on the door

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