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Great Dixter – Past, Present, and Future with Fergus Garrett
MORRISTOWN, NJ – Garden groupies alert: Fergie is coming. No, not that Fergie, Mr. Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener at one of England’s most famous and beloved gardens, Great Dixter. “Mr. Garrett is indeed a celebrity in the world of horticulture,” says Lesley Parness, Superintendent of Horticultural Education. “What a perfect way to begin our year-long ‘Focus on England’ programming,” she continued. This illustrated talk by Fergus Garrett will take place on Sunday, February 14, at 3:30pm, at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township.

Once the home of legendary horticulturist and garden writer Christopher Lloyd, Great Dixter is now a historic house and garden, as well as a center for horticultural education, and a place of pilgrimage for garden lovers across the globe. Mr. Garrett’s talk details the history of this iconic property, describes its renowned meadows and ancient woodlands, and its planting styles which combine the semi-naturalistic influence of Sir Edwin Lutyens and the vivacious influence of Mr. Lloyd, under whose tutelage Mr. Garrett studied. The presentation concludes with a description of present garden operations and an eye into the future plans of the Mr. Garrett and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust.

Fergus Garrett is the recipient of the 2008 Royal Horticultural Society’s Associateship of Honor, the 2013 International Contributor Award from the Perennial Plant Association and the 2013 Longhouse Landscape Award.

Following the talk, light refreshments will be served. The cost of this talk is $50 per person. For more information and to register, visit


Morris County Park Commission, is one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey, currently protects and maintains 18,600 acres at 38 distinct sites and a year-round calendar of events and activities.