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October 26: Emma Murphy “Over the Garden Gate – Touring Some Special English Gardens”

A Master Gardener based in Lakefield, Emma Murphy is also a member of the Peterborough and Lakefield horticultural societies. In May 2022 she and her husband Grant travelled to southern England — not only to see many of the famous gardens (Sissinghurst, Great Dixter etc.) but also some lesser known beautiful private gardens. She’ll share with us her experiences meeting the people behind these private gardens in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Sussex; some information about the UK’s National Garden Scheme; and of course, lots of lovely photos!

Emma has been interested in nature and the environment all her life, completing her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, and then a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario. Self taught, she began gardening in earnest once she had her first house, making many mistakes along the way. What she loves about gardening is that it’s a never-ending process of experimentation and then reflection, and such a wonderful opportunity to share knowledge and experiences back and forth with other gardeners. She specializes in perennials, shrubs and trees — her most recent interest is in native plants and creating an ecological sanctuary in her large perennial garden, which was featured on this year’s Lakefield Horticultural Society’s Garden Tour. Emma is also an avid photographer and writer, and dreams of leaving work and somehow combining all these passions into a new adventure.

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