The East Fife Members' Centre National Trust for Scotland
The East Fife Members' Centre National Trust for Scotland
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DateTrip
27 June 2018Falkland Palace Gardens: a brief guided tour through history and the seasons with Interim Head Gardener Susan Thores
26 July 2018Arbroath Outing to Hospitalfield House, the Chapel at the Western Cemetery, and the Signal Tower Museum
10 September 2018Residential outing to Aberdeenshire Castles and Gardens - cancelled

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Falkland Palace Gardens:
a brief guided tour through history and the seasons
with Interim Head Gardener Susan Thores

Wednesday 27 June 2018

Susan Thores has worked in the National Trust for Scotland’s Falkland Palace Gardens since 2013, initially as assistant to Head Gardener Sonia Ferrás Mañá and for the last two years as Interim Head Gardener. 

Susan studied horticulture at Oatridge College as a mature student, having taken the opportunity to change career.  Prior to this she had spent 23 years working in Local Authority arts development, latterly as Principal Arts Officer with West Lothian Council.  She holds an honours degree in Fine Art from Edinburgh University, followed by a post graduate teaching qualification at Moray House. 

In her current role, she is tasked with maintaining and developing the Gardens which includes implementing a renovation of the Palace’s ornamental garden or Pleasure Garden designed by Percy Cane in the late 1940s and 1950s.  Today it is the only remaining example of his work in Scotland and one of very few examples of his work in the UK.  It is described within Historic Environment Scotland’s An Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland as of outstanding value both in terms of its historical value and as a Work of Art. 

Susan’s talk will give a brief summary of the Gardens history, highlight some of its main features, the work involved in maintaining them and illustrate how the Gardens change with the seasons. The talk will be at 2 pm in the upstairs meeting room of Falkland Town Hall, at the corner of Back Wynd and High Street. Refreshments will be served after the talk, and this will be followed by a guided walking tour to visit the Gardens.  Please bring your NTS membership card.  Free parking is available at Back Wynd KY15 7BX.

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