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10 June 2020Three Great Families and their Gardens: A History of the Astors, the Rothschilds and the Sackville-Wests
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Three Great Families and their Gardens: A History of the Astors, the Rothschilds and the Sackville-Wests Caroline Rayman Wednesday 10 June 2020

Caroline Rayman has lectured for many years to universities and art organisations in America and on cruise boats. She was an official guide at the British Museum and has published articles on samplers.

Three Great Families and their Gardens is the story of three very different, but hugely successful families,  the Sackville Wests, the Astors and the Rothschilds.   The Sackville Wests have been part of the establishment since the time of William Conqueror and the other two families are wealthy immigrants who came to England in the 19th century.  The talk traces the history of the families, discusses their contribution to life in England and celebrates the splendid gardens that they have created. It is sure to be a visual delight, and may even inspire society members with ideas for their own more humble gardens!