Russell Bowes

Details of talks given by Russell Bowes

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Russell is a freelance garden historian and has been giving talks on the subject since 2000 and in 2003 he was awarded the University of London Diploma in Garden History. He has given talks at the National Portrait Gallery, the Imperial War Museum, Chelsea Physic Garden, The Eden Project and Blenheim Palace, as well as for many National Trust Members' Associations, over 90 branches of the U3A, the WI, and hundreds of local horticultural and historical societies as far apart as Falmouth and Durham.

He lives in South East London, and although he travels by public transport, he has never found this a major problem in giving talks - one of his mottoes being "If I can get there, I will". As well as the Greater London area, Russell can usually get to most areas in Kent and the Home Counties. For talks further afield, overnight accommodation would be necessary after an evening talk.

In 2017, Russell moved to a house with a completely derelict 130 foot garden and has spent the last year digging, pruning, having bonfires, laying bricks, fighting brambles and couch grass, swearing, sweating, coping with soil composed more or less of solid clay, cursing squirrels, giving up, starting again, and rummaging through the "Reduced plants" section at the local DIY store.

To contact Russell Bowes select a talk listed below.

Listed talks

History The Painted Garden
Russell Bowes Tagged: Art | Culture | Gardening | Gardens
History Flower Power!
Russell Bowes Tagged: Art | Floral | Gardening | Horticulture
History The Art of the Folly
Russell Bowes Tagged: Architecture | History | Gardens
History Dig for Victory
Russell Bowes Tagged: History | Ww2 | Gardens
History The Capable Mr. Brown
Russell Bowes Tagged: Biography | Gardens | Georgian | Landscapes
History The Inexhaustible Mr. Paxton
Russell Bowes Tagged: Biography | History | Victorian | Gardens
History The Devil's Garden
Russell Bowes Tagged: Plants | History | Legends
History A Nice Cup of Tea
Russell Bowes Tagged: Tea | Plants | History | Gardens
History The Tale of the Tulip
Russell Bowes Tagged: Floral | Plants | History | Gardens
History Say it with Poison
Russell Bowes Tagged: Gardens | Plants | History | Poisons
History Tools of the Trade
Russell Bowes Tagged: Gardens | History | Plants
History Portrait of a Victorian Garden - James Bateman and the creation of Biddulph Grange
Russell Bowes Tagged: Victorian | History | Gardens | Biography
History Food of the Gods - the utterly divine history of chocolate
Russell Bowes Tagged: Chocolate | Food | Plants | History
Hobbies Miss Jekyll's Gardening Boots
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