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Great Gardens and Houses of Yorkshire

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November 12, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Join us on Sunday, November 12 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM for an afternoon discovering the lovely houses and gardens of England. A sampling of delicious English desserts will follow the presentation. There is a no fee for this class but donations to support The Botanic Garden are greatly appreciated. This event is open to the public but advance registration is requested. To sign up, go to www.thebotanicgarden.org/events.


This enjoyable presentation is based on the Schmidts’ most recent trip to England this past spring. Through stunning photography and vivid storytelling, Karen and Kurt will take you on a beautiful pictorial tour of some of the most beautiful gardens and historic buildings in Northern England. From the stunning Castle Howard, York Minster Cathedral, and Levens Hall and Gardens, to the much loved Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm, the program will include many of the highlights of York, Yorkshire and the lovely English Lake District, with an emphasis on beautiful gardens and historic Great Houses.

We’ll follow up the program with a sampling of some of England’s favorite desserts, including Sticky Toffee Pudding, Banoffee Parfait and shortbread.


Karen and Kurt Schmidt retired in 2000 after 35 years in the field of education. Karen joined The Botanic Garden board in 2001 and she and Kurt have been the driving forces behind the growth and transformation of The Botanic Garden ever since. Karen expertly serves as The Botanic Garden Board Chair, thoughtfully guiding members and our many visitors through the rich history of the Garden. Kurt serves as the MOU liaison for the board and is the fearless leader of “The Possums”, the volunteer handyman group that keeps the Garden looking beautiful. The Conversation Circle near the water fountain was named for Karen and Kurt in honor of their tireless efforts to sustain and grow The Botanic Garden.