The popular Aspects of Gardens Series will return this Summer. Two illustrated talks featuring renowned speakers who are experts in their field, will look to explore garden history and design. Sharing their knowledge, stories and anecdotes, each talk promises to be both entertaining and insightful, so saving the date is strongly advised.

Payments will be made through our online payment system, WisePay.

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Pip Smith

Pip Smith is a Landscape Designer with over 14 years’ experience working as a professional horticulturist. Trained to degree level in horticulture and having achieved an MA in Landscape Architecture, he’s held the post of Head Gardener at several private and public gardens, most recently at the highly acclaimed Wollerton Old Hall in Shropshire. He established his Worcestershire based design studio in 2021. Using his previous experience and taking inspiration from the natural world, Pip creates imaginative, sympathetic, and long-lasting designs for his clients.

Horticulture is a diverse industry. Pip will talk about his career from Head Gardener to Landscape Designer and the opportunities he’s encountered along the way. Examining some great examples of landscape creativity, this talk will discover how gardening and the arts are closely linked.


Melania Bugiani (MA Architecture, MA Landscape Architecture, Ph.D. Landscape Architecture, Advanced Course in Visual Arts, University Researcher and International Lecturer).

Melania is an Italian Landscape Architect that lives and works in the UK, on the Welsh border. Her inspirations come from the natural world, the history of gardens, Fine Art and craftsmanship. Her gardens develop the perception of space and build unique scenes, using different proportions of natural materials and composition of plants. Her work has been awarded and published.

How environmental values and contemporary aesthetics can be connected and shape new possibilities, both for outdoor spaces and for the natural world? Melania will talk about the Green approach in contemporary garden design within the UK and Landscape theories from abroad, and how this funnels into new environmentally strong aesthetics and inspiring design.

Folly Lane Campus

Wednesday 13th July 2022 – Pip Smith, ‘The creativity of horticulture and landscape design’


Wednesday 20th July 2022– Melania Bugiani, ‘Planting Wild’

13th July: 1:30pm, talk to commence at 2pm

20th July: 6pm, talk to commence at 6:30pm

£10 per talk, to include a drink.

Booking will be through WisePay