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Chris Woods - Gardenlust


Fri 9 Nov 2018, 6:30pm–8:30pm
Sun 11 Nov 2018, 9:30am–11:30am

Where: Marlborough Convention Centre, 42a Alfred Street, Blenheim, Marlborough

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $60.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: GardenMarlb2013

Gardenlust: a botanical tour of the world’s best new gardens.

“Even though most of my work is done in the public arena, I am a private person. If you want to find out who I am, look at the gardens I’ve made.” So says intrepid garden designer and horticulturist Chris Woods, keynote speaker at this year’s Rapaura Springs Garden Marlborough.

Chris may be a private person, but that hasn’t stopped him being a highly sought-after public speaker around the world, and in this illustrated talk he will be showing us gardens he has made, as well as those he has discovered, over an illustrious career spanning more than three decades since he first trained as a horticulturalist at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.

Chris’s thirst for travel and an eye for the beautiful and innovative have seen him journeying the world working and learning, and seeking out the best contemporary gardens he can find – and the fascinating people, plants and stories he came across along the way. A steep hillside garden in Singapore. A garden defined by shape and light in Marrakech.

A haunting tree museum in Switzerland. A formal garden of native plants in New Zealand. Chris will tell us why he chose the fifty gardens he has included in his latest book, and talk about garden design, unusual plants, the essential eccentricity of a good gardener, the problems with modern landscape architecture, and much, much more.