Exploring Coton Manor: The Four Seasons of an English Garden with Susie Pasley-Tyler

Exploring Coton Manor: The Four Seasons of an English Garden with Susie Pasley-Tyler


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In 2020, Coton Manor was voted the “Nation’s Favorite Garden” by visitors and readers of English Garden magazine, and England’s National Garden Scheme. Join one of its owners, Susie Pasley-Tyler, as she takes us through the colors and seasons of her garden at the award-winning garden of Coton Manor. There are 10 acres to explore together at Coton Manor in Northamptonshire. 

The original manor house, destroyed by Oliver Cromwell in the 1640s, was rebuilt in 1662 and is now a home Susie shares with her husband Ian. The framework of the garden was first laid out by Ian’s grandparents in the 1920s. Alongside a professional staff, Susie gardens every day, for hours on end. She considers it “her indulgence,” and though she opens it to the public, this is still a much-loved private garden.

Since then, the Pasley-Tylers have created an evocative and quintessentially English garden, renowned for its sumptuous borders. Continually evolving and providing color and interest in every season, the garden welcomed 25,000 visitors in 2019. Ancient roses ramble over Coton Manor’s honey-colored brick walls, and the surrounding stone terraces welcome visitors with containers overflowing with sumptuous annuals. For example, chickens and real flamingos parade in open areas at the garden’s edge.

Susie describes herself as a “failed artist” who “couldn’t draw”; her gift is an eye for color and design, and she uses it brilliantly. Success with the plants themselves came to her as it does to the rest of us, slowly and over time. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels,  join us for this unique testimony to one of England’s finest estates.

Since gaining an MA in Art History from Edinburgh University, Imogen has worked as Picture Research Manager at Bridgeman Images. Alongside this, inspired by her passion for the wealth of culture available in London, she has established a career in arts education. Her expertise lies in the transition to Modernism in European painting and sculpture, but additional specialisms include Wren's genius at St. Paul's, the extraordinary creation that is Leighton House Museum and the Italian Modernist collection at the Estorick, in Islington. Imogen's talent lies in her ability to communicate information to audiences of all ages and levels of experience, in an engaging way that encourages discussion and brings artworks to life."

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Exploring Coton Manor: The Four Seasons of an English Garden

Well worth watching. Susie Pasley-Tyler was organized, enthusiastic, and deeply knowledgeable. The garden is lovely. I enjoyed the rather unusual opportunity to see the garden in all four seasons. Appreciated that so many plants in the photos were identified. Fabulous.

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P.H.
Splendid Garden

Incredibly complete (and delightful) trip to an outstanding English garden. History, design, plant materials, seasonality and the owners personal impress all thoroughly presented.

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Exploring Coton Manor: The Four Seasons of an English Garden

Well worth watching. Susie Pasley-Tyler was organized, enthusiastic, and deeply knowledgeable. The garden is lovely. I enjoyed the rather unusual opportunity to see the garden in all four seasons. Appreciated that so many plants in the photos were identified. Fabulous.

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P.H.
Splendid Garden

Incredibly complete (and delightful) trip to an outstanding English garden. History, design, plant materials, seasonality and the owners personal impress all thoroughly presented.