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Landscape Now Conference


Codlings, Costards and Biffins – a new exhibition at RHS Lindley Library, 80 Vincent Square, LONDON, SW1P 2PE.

September 7th – November 10th 2017 (Monday–Friday 10.00 –17.00)
This exhibition will explore and celebrate England’s long history of apple growing. Featuring original artworks by William Hooker, as well as rare books and pomological catalogues from RHS library collections, the exhibition will trace the history of apple growing and explore our love for this ubiquitous and popular fruit.
For further details visit https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/viewevent?EFID=517&ESRC=CMS

This autumn, as part of the 2017-2018 lecture series, Professor Malcolm Andrews of the University of Kent will look at English Landscape – a sequence of three talks exploring how the distinctive personality of English landscape scenery evolved and was promoted by writers and artists. All three lectures will take place at the Museum of London starting at 1.00pm.

Wednesday 25th October: English Landscape: The Picturesque
The late eighteenth and early nineteenth- century vogue for the Picturesque and for forging an English landscaping tradition (with frameable landscape scenery and managed wildness) will be the starting point for discussion. Proponents of the Picturesque, preferring to explore British scenery rather than go on the European Grand Tour, explicitly cultivated notions of Englishness and stress the native elements in landscape scenery, such as castle or abbey ruins (real or folly) in grand gardens, not classical temples.

Wednesday, 1st November: English Landscape: Constable and Clare
Constable’s Stour landscapes of the Regency period, during and just after the War with France, and his publication English Landscape Scenery, champion local and low-key rural England. John Clare’s vernacular poetry in the same period celebrates the kind of rural scenery that escapes the notice of those for whom the paintings of Claude or Poussin are the ideal of landscape. Both Constable’s and Clare’s localism springs from a very powerful emotional connection with the idea of ‘home’.

Wednesday 8 November 2017: English Landscape: Samuel Palmer and the Pastoral
Samuel Palmer, in his Shoreham period in the 1820s and 30s, seized on the long tradition of classical pastoral landscapes, and wrested it into an English idiom. He effectively ‘naturalised’ a foreign import, bringing an idyll to life in a Kentish valley, with sheep, shepherds and cornfields under a harvest moon, and the village church nestling in the fold of the hills.

Friends of Brunswick Square Bloomsbury Festival talk Thursday 18 October at 7.30 pm in the School of Pharmacy, Brunswick Square

The Story of Peter Pan and Brunswick Square by  Professor Rosemary Ashton

Full details and Booking at http://bloomsburyfestival.org.uk/events/event/the-story-of-peter-pan-and-brunswick-square

London Parks and Gardens Trust Winter Lecture Series 2017-2018

Lectures take place on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7.00pm at The Gallery, 70-77 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL. Tickets can be booked online at http://www.londongardenstrust.org/lectures.htm

9th October: Linden Groves – Playgrounds and Beyond How Children have Played their Way through the History of London’s Parks and Gardens

13th November: Sara Tenneson, Ed Ikin and Stephen Smith, – Knighton Wood, Epping Forest: Questions of Conservation

11th December: Margaret Willes – Parsley and Parmesan: the Gardening Experiences of John Evelyn and Samuel Pepys

8th January: Emily Parker – Humphry Repton’s Designs for Kenwood 

12thFebruary: Polly Putnam – Queen Charlotte’s Cottage, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

12th March: Stephanie Irvine – Preserving London’s Orchard Heritage

For further information and booking information please visit


The Gardens Trust Winter Lecture Series 2018

All London lectures take place at The Gallery, 77, Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL. Lectures take place on Wednesdays at 6.30pm (doors open 6pm).


IHR Free Lectures – Autumn 2017

All lectures will take place at 6.00pm in the Wolfson Room, Senate House, North Block (except where room change is indicated)

5 October The Medieval Hortus Conclusus: A gendered Garden?’ Liz McAvoy (University of Swansea)

19 October Now let me tell you about that wonderful Plant: Maud Grieve, early 20th century herbalist’
Claire de Carle

2 November Queen Mary’s Exotics
Terry Gough (Head Gardener, Hampton Court Palace)

16 NovemberBeyond the Pale (park): Gender and Landscape in Georgian England’
Bryony McDonough (University of Hull)

30 NovemberWomen Are Like Flowers: Review of representation of women in garden literature & art 19th to mid- 20th century’
Christine Lalumia (Sotheby’s and University College London)
NB. Room 243, Second Floor

14 December Roundtable: Women in the Garden
What issues have been raised, what questions posed and what questions answered during these last two terms? This is an opportunity to assess the extent and impact of women in garden history.
The panel will include speakers from the spring and autumn lecture series 2017.

For any queries contact  ihrgardenhistory@gmail.com