SIR ROY’S TALKS AT A GLANCE

Sir Roy Strong

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A renowned historian, writer and gardener will be presenting two special talks next month.

Sir Roy Strong is to appear in north Northumberland as part of The Alnwick Garden’s 10th anniversary celebrations.

The venue, which was opened in 2002 by Prince Charles, has teamed up with The Maltings, Berwick, to host the talks.

On Sunday, September 2, Sir Roy will be in conversation with the Duchess of Northumberland.

The talk, in the Garden’s Pavilion from 3pm, will give people the chance to hear from two people who have been visionary in designing extraordinary gardens.

The Duchess said: “With The Alnwick Garden celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, this talk will give guests a unique opportunity to hear our candid and personal accounts of what it takes to create extraordinary gardens from an initial vision.

“It is sure to be a highly energized and engaging afternoon for all.”

Before the talk at The Garden, Sir Roy will appear at The Maltings on Saturday, September 1, to give a talk entitled Visions of England.

This too is at 3pm.

Sir Roy Strong was born in 1935 and educated at Edmonton County Grammar School and the University of London.

He joined the National Portrait Gallery in 1959 and became its director in 1967.

In 1973, he became director of the Victoria and Albert Museum – a post which he resigned in 1987 to pursue a freelance career in the media and as a writer and consultant.

He was knighted in 1983.

Over the years he has written extensively on the country’s history and culture as well as on garden design.

His more recent books include The Laskett, The Story of a Garden, Coronation, A Little History of the English Country Church and Visions of England.

Sir Roy’s broadcasting career spans over 40 years and includes the TV series Royal Gardens and Country Gardens.

With his late wife, theatre/film designer Dr Julia Trevelyan, he created Oman of The Laskett, the largest formal garden in the UK for more than 50 years.

He has also aided Prince Charles, the late Gianni Versace and Sir Elton John in their garden design.