Matthew Reese at Hardymount Gardens

  • Date: 30 Jul 2024
  • Time: 3:00 pm
  • The Art and Craft of Malverleys Gardens

    Malverleys is home to an English flower garden that has been created and developed over the last thirteen years by head gardener Matthew Reese, with the owners. Its narrative is influenced by the writings and gardens of Christopher Lloyd, Vita Sackville-West and William Robinson. Located in Hampshire, Malverleys’ classical design features complex and dynamic planting, with York stone paths and yew hedging forming a framework of garden rooms, and deep borders home to mixed plantings. Highlights include colour-themed gardens, a white garden, hot garden and a cool garden, as well as more typical mixed-palette plantings. Malverleys’ dynamic plantings, evolving annually, have received considerable acclaim over the past few years.

    This talk follows Malverleys from the very beginning, discussing the design and layout of the new flowering garden and related areas, like the kitchen garden and topiary meadow. The talk also focuses on planting design and maintenance in more detail, and considers how these naturistic displays can be produced through the seasons.

    Afterwards take a stroll through the superb walled gardens at Hardymount, carefully tended by gardener Mark McKeever and his wife Justina, daughter of the renowned gardener Sheila Reeves-Smyth who gardened here for many years. A high afternoon tea prepared by Ballymaloe trained Justina and served on the lawns of Hardymount brings the afternoon’s programme to a convivial close.

Date: 30 July 2024

Start Date: 30 July 2024

Start Time: 3:00 pm

End Date: 30 July 2024

End Time: 3:00 pm

Time: 3:00 pm

Admission: €15 which includes admission to Hardymount Gardens and a delicious afternoon tea, all home baked by Ballymaloe trained Justina McKeever. Served on the lawn at Hardymount, immediately after conclusion of the talk.

Directions: R93 XN24. From Dublin – through the town of Tullow onto the Bunclody Road N81. Turn right after the Topaz petrol station, on the outskirts of the town. Turn right at the next cross roads – the gardens are 550m on the right hand side.

Type of event: The talk takes place in an indoor marquee with the opportunity to view Hardymount Gardens either before or after the talk.

  • About Matthew Reese

    After an inspirational expedition to North-Eastern Greenland in 1991 with the British Schools Exploring Society, Matthew fell in love with plants and decided not to return to school, but to pursue a three-year apprenticeship in horticulture at Liverpool University’s Botanic Gardens at Ness. He then went on to study at Myerscough Agricultural College, RHS Wisley, and at RBG Kew before embarking on a six-year stint at Great Dixter with Christopher Lloyd. He lived at Dixter and rose to become Assistant Head Gardener.  He describes his time working there as pivotal in gaining an understanding of the art of making and keeping an English flower garden.

    During his career Matthew has continued to travel to see plants in the wild and was lucky enough to explore the far reaches of the eastern Himalayas with the late renowned plant hunter, Michael Wickenden.

    Over the past ten years, Matthew has been designing and planting an English flower garden in the Robinsonian style at Malverleys, near Newbury. It is gardened in the naturalistic style and influenced by his travels and his time at Dixter. The garden has featured in numerous magazines and on the BBC and has received considerable acclaim for its adventurous and inspirational plantings. Matthew is a regular contributor to Gardens Illustrated.


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