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An evening with Richard Mabey (plus Mannington Book Bash announcement!)

June 13 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Join us for a very special drinks-and-canapes evening in the gardens of Mannington Hall — when we will also be announcing the line-up for this year’s Mannington Book Bash (taking place across the first weekend of October).

We are delighted that this event will celebrate the launch of Richard’s new book, The Accidental Garden: Gardens, Wilderness and the Space In Between.

In his provocative book, Mabey challenges the notion that gardens are our personal dominions, a space where we can create whatever worlds we desire. Rooted in the daily dramas of his own Norfolk garden, Richard offers a different scenario: one in which nature, the myriad of other organisms in the garden, becomes an equal partner, a ‘gardener’ itself. Going further, he suggests that any conflict between a human and their garden is in fact a microcosm of what is happening in the larger world.

Against a background of disordered seasons, Mabey watches his ‘accidental’ garden reorganising itself. Ants sow cowslip seeds in the parched grass. Moorhens take to nesting in trees. A spectacular self-seeded rose springs up in the gravel. The garden becomes a place of cultural and ecological fusion, and perhaps a metaphor for the troubled planet.

The Accidental Garden is vintage Mabey: maverick, intensely observed, and written with an unquenchable sense of wonder.

Richard will be in conversation with Henry from the shop, before signing copies of the book (which will be available to buy).

After the talk, we will announce the line-up of this year’s Mannington Book Bash festival — early bird tickets will be released, with an exclusive extra-special rate for people at this launch!

Tickets are extremely limited for this special evening, so book early to avoid disappointment. It promises to be a wonderful event!

Please note: your £20 ticket includes evening drinks and canapes in the gardens before the event itself! 

Richard Mabey: The Accidental Garden (and Mannington Book Bash announcement)
Thursday June 13th 2024
The Gardens, Mannington Hall
6:00pm: drinks and canapes in the tea rooms and gardens
7:00pm: Richard Mabey talk starts
£20 per person (very limited places, so book quickly!)


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June 13
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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01603 219268


Mannington Hall & Gardens
Mannington Hall
Norwich, Norfolk NR11 7BB United Kingdom
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