PIC00026Gardens of Court and Country: English design 1640–1730

Dr David Jacques, Garden Historian

6.30 pm, Wednesday 30 January, The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street

Most traditional histories of the English garden treat formal gardens as a single and unvaried period, filling the gap between the Elizabethan and the landscape garden, but David Jacques’s forthcoming book demonstrates that, by contrast, each generation made huge changes in the design of its gardens. The emergence of the landscape garden is shown in proper context, and connections are made to politics, religion, men’s fashion, gastronomy, the development of carriages, the symbolism of parks, foreign influence, and many other aspects of seventeenth and early eighteenth century life.

Led by the Land

Kim Wilkie, Landscape Architect

11th Annual GHS Lecture at the RHS

6.30 pm, Wednesday 20 February, Royal Horticultural Halls & Conference Centre

Kim Wilkie will explore the future of landscape architecture as set out in his new book, Led by the Land, covering projects such as Transylvania, Longwood Gardens and Boughton Park to illustrate his ideas. He will show how the ancient tradition of sculpting the land can inspire new forms and meanings, merging innovative landscapes with revered historic ones. Mavis Batey has said in interview: “All over the world people want to know how he does it”. This will be your chance to learn.

‘Harmony Compleat’ —
Music in the Garden from Renaissance Italy to Georgian England

Judy Tarling, Specialist in Historical Performance (music and gardens)

6.30 pm Wednesday 27 February, The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street

Judy Tarling will talk about how music was performed and experienced in gardens from renaissance Italy to Georgian England, illustrated with musical example and images. She will investigate who played which instruments, where, the nature of the audience if there was one, and the repertoire. Judy will show how music, from the sound of water and bird-song to fully staged dramatic performances, was an essential part of the historical garden from the 16th to 18th centuries.

A little bit of Surrey in the sun?
A hundred years of the national botanic gardens of Burma

Dr David Marsh, Garden History Researcher/Lecturer

6.30 pm, Wednesday 6 March, The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street

Maymyo was a poor relation in the family of Kew-inspired tropical botanic gardens. Established late in colonial rule by ‘amateurs’, it quickly suffered from staff turnover and uncertainty as to its role. After the war and independence it fell further into decline but has recently been ‘privatized’ by the government. Uncovering its story has been difficult but offers a different perspective on the history and political role of botanic gardens and their possible future in the developing world.

Passion, Plants and Patronage:
Three Hundred Years of the Bute Family Landscapes

Robert Peel, Vice Chair of GHS, Kristina Taylor, Vice Chair of GHSS

6.30 pm, Wednesday 20 March, The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street

Several generations of the Bute family have been intimately involved in the development and maintenance of landscapes in Scotland, England and Wales. This talk will link the personalities and landscapes, with particular reference to the two most prominent family members in the field of parks and gardens, the 3rd Earl in C18 and the 3rd Marquess in C19, and discuss the happy condition of these landscapes today.


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Venues and Times 2013:

11TH Annual GHS Lecture at the RHS

Lecture by Kim Wilkie (20 Feb)

Royal Horticultural Society Halls and Conference Centre.

Greycoat Street, London SW1P 2QD (Victoria, St James’s and Pimlico Stations).

Doors open at 5.45 pm, lecture starts at 6.30 pm.

Lectures by Dr David Jacques (30 Jan), Judy Tarling (27 Feb),
Dr David Marsh (6 Mar), Robert Peel (20 Mar) at

The Gallery, 70 Cowcross St, London EC1M 6EJ (Farringdon Station).

Doors open at 6.00 pm, lectures start at 6.30 pm



RHS: £15.00 in advance for members of the GHS and RHS, £18.00 for all tickets purchased at the door.

The Gallery, Cowcross Street: £8.00 in advance for members of the GHS, £10 for all tickets purchased at the door (one glass of wine included).

SEASON TICKET FOR ALL LECTURES: £43.00 members, £54.00 non-members.

A booking form can be downloaded from http://www.gardenhistorysociety.org/events

THE GARDEN HISTORY SOCIETY is widely recognised for its expertise and advice. In its role as statutory consultee, its professionally qualified conservation officers are consulted by government agencies and local authorities on a wide range of issues affecting historic parks and gardens. The Garden History Society also

  • promotes the study of the history of gardening and horticulture in all its aspects
  • promotes the conservation of historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes, and advises on their restoration
  • encourages the creation of new parks, gardens and designed landscapes.

 The events at The Gallery are supported by Alan Baxter & Associates

The event at The Royal Horticultural Hall and Conference Centre is supported by

The Royal Horticultural Society


The Garden History Society

70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ

020 7608 2409



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