Thank you to all of the speakers and over 500 attendees who travelled from around the world to be with us for these special few days. We are grateful that we could celebrate and honour Beth Chatto through such tremendous learning and rich conversation. The warmth and generosity all brought to the gathering will be felt long after.

As a legacy of this Symposium, we have recorded the lectures and panel discussions and are making them freely available. Please visit the Symposium Archive for recorded lectures and photos.


On 30-31 August 2018 the Beth Chatto Education Trust will host a special gathering of gardeners, designers and plantspeople in honour of Beth Chatto.

Join us at the University of Essex as we hear from speakers from around the world who are re-imagining ecological gardening in both design and practice, and working to further advance and expand our plant palette. A private garden party will also be held at the Beth Chatto Gardens and Nursery for our dear friends and fellow gardeners. 

All proceeds from the Symposium will go to support the work of the Beth Chatto Education Trust. 



James Hitchmough

Dan Pearson

Marina Christopher

Olivier Filippi

Taylor Johnston

Peter Korn

Cassian Schmidt

Keith Wiley

Åsa Gregers-Warg

Andi Pettis

Peter Janke

Midori Shintani