Welcome to the Birkbeck Garden History Group web site. The group is interested in studying garden history through lectures, garden visits and exhibitions and in encouraging others to become interested in the subject of garden history. Click on the links along the top of the page to find out more about the BGHG and our activities. Click ‘Follow’ at the bottom of this page on the right to receive alerts when new items are posted.
Birkbeck Garden History Group Annual General Meeting Wednesday, 21 February 2018 at 18.30. Doors will open at 18.00.
The Council Chamber, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17, Russell Square, London, WC1 BDR. This is located on the corner of Russell Square and Bedford Way.
Following the business of the AGM there will be a talk by garden historian, Doreen Wilson on ‘John Hay (1758-1836) the Scottish Horticultural Architect’.
A new book, on Croome in Worcestershire, has been added to our Publications page.
Watch out too for a plethora of new books due to be published in March.
Exploring Garden History
A new course at RHS Lindley Library starts 2 March 2018 for 6 weeks https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/viewevent?EFID=920&ESRC=CMS
The RHS are also doing more library tours during the Early Spring Plant Show 13-14 February https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/viewevent?EFID=538&ESRC=CMS
A series of Walks, Talks and Workshops will take place at Chelsea Physic Garden in March and April https://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/Pages/Events/Category/walks-talks-and-workshops
Annual Study Day ~ The Paradise Garden ~ 17th March 2018
Always one of the highlights of our annual programme our Study Day this year is the perfect follow-up for anyone who may have watched Monty Don’s recent BBC2 television programmes on Paradise Gardens.
However, having seen the broadcasts is by no means a prerequisite to coming along to the Study Day which will examine the concept of the Paradise Garden, concentrating especially on Christian and Islamic traditions. It will be an opportunity to explore in depth elements which have travelled through the centuries and been used by a number of different cultures; and look at how such elements have been expressed in the design and development of gardens.
This event is OPEN TO ALL – you do not need to be a member of Birkbeck Garden History Group.
Welcome to 2018: a year that promises lots of activities to interest both experienced garden historians and newcomers to the topic. Below are links to a range of events of interest to BGHG members and non-members alike and at Future BGHG Events members will find full details of the 2018 Programme.
2018 is the year for Celebrating Repton and this month there are two lectures in London about the work of Humphry Repton, Britain’s first designated Landscape Designer and ‘successor’ to Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.
Monday, 8 January, 18.30-20.00: LPGT Winter Lecture 4: Emily Parker from English Heritage will talk on Humphry Repton’s Designs for Kenwood at The Gallery, 77, Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL. https://londonparksandgardens.eventcube.io/events/8152/lpgt-winter-lecture-4-humphry-reptons-designs-for-kenwood
Wednesday, 31 January 18.30-19.30 Garden Trust Winter Lecture: Professor Stephen Daniels will talk on Revealing Repton: Approaches to the Art of Landscape Gardening at The Gallery, 77, Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gardens-trust-winter-lecture-revealing-repton-by-stephen-daniels-tickets-38227756248
Details of other lectures offered by both the London Parks and Gardens Trust (LPGT) and the Gardens Trust can be found on our Outside Events page, along with some of the History of Garden and Landscape seminars to be held at the Institute of Historical Research, and news of exhibitions, talk and tours at the RHS Lindley Library.
December tends to be a quieter month in the garden history world but we are gearing up to provide you with lots of news in the New Year: we will be posting details of 2018 Birkbeck Garden History Group Garden Visits programme which in 2018 is starting earlier than usual with a ‘snowdrops visit’ in February. Details of this visit are still being finalised but we hope to send out details and booking forms to members early in January.
For members and non-members alike there will be information about our Annual General Meeting which will take place on Wednesday, 21st February, and our annual Study Day which in 2018 will be held on Saturday, 17th March. Both these events will be at venues in the Bloomsbury area.
There will also be information about new garden history courses, new and forthcoming publications, and lectures and study days being organised by a range of organisations.
Meanwhile you may like to know about the first of two garden tours to gardens in Italy being organised by The Garden Historians:
26 April – 29 April 2018: Frascati Tour – The villas and gardens of the Castelli Romani. For full details visit http://www.thegardenhistorians.co.uk/tours/
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OPEN TO ALL ~ ANNUAL LECTURE
WEDNESDAY 22 NOVEMBER at 18.30
Come and hear Cherrill Sands, Garden Historian and former Director of the Painshill Trust, talk about the recent restoration of Painshill Landscape Garden.
The lecture will take place at 18.30 (doors open 18.00) on Wednesday, 22 November and will be held at The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17, Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DR. (The Institute is located on the corner of Russell Square and Bedford Way).
Tickets are £14 for members, and £16 for non-members and at the door on the evening, space permitting. Tickets include a drink and refreshments after the lecture. Tickets are available at Eventbrite. There will also a sale of second hand books.
For further information BGHG Annual Lecture 2017 flyer Painshill
CONFERENCE: Landscape Now
30th November – 1st December 2017
Organised by the Paul Mellon Centre Landscape Now will provide a major art-historical reassessment of the image of the British landscape.
The Building Centre, 26 Store St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BT
Booking opens 10.00am Monday 2nd October.
Visit our Outside Events page for further information
Information on a new weekend course has been added to our Other Garden History Courses page:
Advanced French: Jardins anglais, jardins à la française
Not a French course but an opportunity to compare English landscape and French formal gardens – May 2018
New books, recently published or due for publication in October, have been added to our Publications page. Included are books on Joseph Banks’ botanical engravings, tea gardens, and an exploration of gardens that have inspired over the centuries .
A New ‘High Line’?
If you are familiar with New York’s High Line (see Piet Oudolf’s book published in July this year on our Publications page) you may be interested to read more about a proposed London Highline: The Camden Highline which would run from the Kings Cross area to just north of Camden Town. Visit https://www.camdenhighline.com/#camdenhighline for more information.