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Top RHS medal winners join forces to give talk for Horatio's Garden

PUBLISHED: 13:07 16 August 2012 | UPDATED: 10:37 21 February 2013

Jekka McVicar

Jekka McVicar

Event takes place at Larmer Tree Gardens on 23 September 2012

Martin Lane Fox, the former Vice-Chairman of the RHS and Chairman of its Horticultural Board, will be joining Jekka McVicar, the winner of over 60 RHS Gold Medals and a member of the RHS Council, to give a talk for Horatios Garden, the innovative new garden for patients at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre.

Organised by the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust (SSIT), the charity that supports the regions specialist spinal injuries unit and people with spinal cord injury living in the South and South West, this event will take place at the Larmer Tree Gardens on Sunday 23 September 2012.

One of only three designers to hold the Royal Horticultural Societys highest honour - the Victoria Medal of Honour Martin Lane Fox has an extensive career in landscape and garden design. He has worked on over 200 projects ranging from creating, renewing and improving gardens and rural landscapes, many of them involving important historic buildings, to creating small city gardens and designing and planting open spaces around commercial and university buildings. A relative of General Pitt Rivers who created the extraordinary gardens at the Larmer Tree in 1880, Martin describes himself as the most senior member of the clan.

Jekka McVicar established Jekkas Herb Farm in 1985 and sits on the RHS Council. Crowned the queen of herbs by Jamie Oliver and one of Rick Steins food heroes, Jekka has been awarded over 60 RHS Gold Medals for her herb exhibits including 14 at the Chelsea Flower Show. She was awarded the RHS Lawrence Medal in 2009 for the best floral exhibit shown to the Society in that year.

The event, which is the last in a series of garden talks for Horatios Garden in 2012, will include a drinks reception followed by a fascinating talk on the world of herbs by Jekka McVicar and an equally entertaining talk on garden design and planting by Martin Lane Fox. A conducted tour of the Larmer Tree Gardens, by head gardener Andy Rampton, which will include details on the history of the gardens, will be available to guests from 4.15pm. The gardens will be open to guests from 3pm. Tickets, priced at 25, are available by visiting the SSIT website

Funds raised through this event will help develop a programme of creative events and activities linked to Horatios Garden, helping engage and inspire patients during their long stay in the Spinal Treatment Centre.

Event summary:
Martin Lane Fox & Jekka McVicar at the Larmer Tree Gardens
Sunday 23 September, 6pm-8.30pm
Reception and illustrated talks
Gardens open from 3pm, with a conducted tour with Head Gardener, Andy Rampton, at 4.15pm
Tickets 25 via


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