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Arley Hall Comes to Arkansas

After years of hospitality from the Ashbrook family at Arley Hall I’m excited to welcome Lord Michael Ashbrook to my home. I can only hope that it’s half as inspiring to him as my visits to Arley have been to me.

I stumbled upon Arley when I was a graduate student at the University of Manchester. While exploring the grounds I struck up a conversation with an elderly gentleman who turned out to be the 10th Viscount Desmond Ashbrook. He introduced me to his wife Elizabeth and we became fast friends. Over the years I’ve developed quite an attachment to the people and gardens at Arley.

So I’m excited to welcome Lord Ashbrook to Arkansas. He’ll be here to give a lecture about the estate and gardens that have been in the family for more than 500 years. If you are going to be in Little Rock that day I encourage you to plan to attend. Here are the details.

When: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Bring your lunch! Drinks will be provided.)

Where: Clinton School of Public Service, Sturgis Hall

How: It’s a free lecture, but you do need to reserve a seat. Email the school at publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu or call 501-683-5239.

Lord Michael Ashbrook

The double herbaceous border is the crown jewel of the garden, planted in 1846.

Lady Elizabeth Asbrook and me walking down the Ilex Avenue. These evergreen oaks (Quercus ilex) were planted in the 1850s.

Arley Hall stands on the site of the original house built in 1469.