JUNE Update II

Nine new courses have been added to our Other Garden History Courses page. Although not taking place until autumn 2017 or in 2018 all are now open for booking.

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June Update

“Gardeners’ World at 50”

A new exhibition is now open at RHS Lindley Library. Entitled Gardeners’ World at 50 the exhibition will run until 18th August. Tracing the history of this long-running TV programme the exhibition explores the programme’s influence on the development of gardening over the past 50 years. For more information visit https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/viewevent?EFID=412&ESRC=CMS

LECTURE: The 18th Century English Landscape Garden as a Work of Art

Wednesday, 19th July at 11.00am. Painshill

Long-standing volunteer and guide, Bill Tomlins, will explore the ideas that promoted the new naturalistic style of gardening that emerged during the eighteenth century. He will compare this to earlier gardening styles and the influence from prose, poetry and art that were then reflected in the landscape at Painshill.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Painshill and the influences that surrounded the creation of this historic landscape.

The Lecture is free but ADVANCED BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL http://www.painshill.co.uk/the-18th-century-english-landscape-garden-as-a-work-of-art__trashed/

Also more information is now available about the Painshill September conference posted in our April Update The Temple in the Garden which will explore Italy and the English Landscape Garden. http://www.painshill.co.uk/conference/


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MAY Update

BGHG Garden Visits

Booking is now open for BGHG Members only for the June visit to Gloucestershire gardens and the 3-day visit to Yorkshire Gardens in September. Visit information and booking forms have been circulated to members.

Advance notice of Outside Events

The Life and Curiosity of Hans Sloane, British Library Knowledge Centre,  Tuesday, 6 June 2017  19.00 -20.30. Physician, natural historian and man of letters, Hans Sloane, whose collections formed the core of the British Museum, Natural History Museum and British Library, was a key figure in the early development of the Chelsea Physic Garden. For more information and booking  http://www.bl.uk/events/the-life-and-curiosity-of-hans-sloane

Celebrate Jane Austen Day, Sunday, 16 July,  10.00 -16.00, Painshill, Surrey. The day will feature an ‘Austen Trail’ through the follies in which actors will perform cameos of Jane Austen readings, Regency Dancing in the Amphitheatre, period music and an historic re-enactment group in the meadow, and games such as hopscotch, ball games and archery taster sessions. The Painshill landscape team are working on presenting vegetables and flowers of the time in the Kitchen Garden and using them in the Tea Room to provide authentic 18th century refreshments. Further information http://www.painshill.co.uk/jane-austen-day/


Potted, RHS Lindley Library, until 19 May, Monday -Friday 10.00 – 17.00.  Admission Free. In celebration of the humble houseplant this exhibition presents a series of designs by students from Central Saint Martins college.  For more information visit https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/viewevent?EFID=203&ESRC=CMS


Gardens in the time of Jane Austen, a lecture by garden designer Marie Louise Houghton, Tuesday, 20 June, 11.00 -12.30 at Painshill, Surrey. Further information and booking http://www.painshill.co.uk/gardens-in-the-time-of-jane-austen/


The IHR History of Gardens and Landscapes Seminar on 15 June, 13.30 -17.30,  will take the form of a visit to Kew Gardens to learn about and view the restoration of the Great Pagoda and Queen Charlotte’s Cottage. Kew FLYER 27.4


Two new books, both due for publication in May, have been added to the Publications page.  One focuses on London’s street trees; the other on ‘sound and scent ‘ in the garden.


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April 2017

Advance Notice of Painshill Conference

The Temple in the Landscape: Italy and the English Landscape Garden

Painshill are holding a conference to celebrate the completion of the reconstructed Temple of Bacchus, on Wednesday 20 September.  Six speakers will explore the influence of Italy – classical, Renaissance and 18th Century – on the English Landscape Garden.  The day will conclude with a glass of Painshill wine taken in the Temple.  Details will be available later in the year from the website http://www.painshill.co.uk

Five new book titles due to be published in April have been added to our publications page

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March Extra II

The Oxford Literary Festival: 25 March – 2 April 2017

Amongst the wide range of writers appearing at this year’s Oxford Literary Festival are three in particular that may be of interest to garden historians:

25th March: Dan Pearson on ‘Natural Selection: A Year in the Garden’

26th March: John Phibbs on ‘Place Making: The Art of Capability Brown’

30th March: Michael Heseltine on ‘The Creation of an English Garden’

For full details and booking information visit http://oxfordliteraryfestival.org/authors/2017

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March Extra


The Garden History Grapevine are offering two new courses on the History of Public Parks.
(1) on five Mondays between April 3 and 22 May 2017
(2) 19 September – 5 December 2017

For full details of topics, dates, times and booking please see our Grapevine Garden History page


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MARCH 2017

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817 – 1911)

A small exhibition about Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, Victorian botanist, plant hunter and Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, will open at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew Gardens on 25 March, running until 17 September 2017.

Later in the year – on 30 June, 2017 – there will be a conference, also at Kew, which will include amongst contributions from a long list of speakers, a talk by Dr Jim Endersby, Reader in the History of Science at University of Sussex, who gave the BGHG 2016 Annual Lecture.  The Conference will be of interest to anyone interested in the  history of science, particularly botany, botanical illustration, exploration and empire.

Further information and booking is available at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/joseph-dalton-hooker-bicentenary-meeting-the-making-of-modern-botany-tickets-31249412835

New Books

The long-awaited book by Johnny Phibbs: Place-Making: The Art of Capability Brown is due to be published at the end of this month. Details of this book can be found on our Garden History Publications page, together with a further four books of interest to garden historians due for publication during March 2017.

New Courses

Details of further courses at London’s City Literary Institute have been added to our Other Garden History Courses page

Explore two unusual London Parks  Saturday, 24 June 2017

In search of beauty: the life and work of William Morris Saturday, 1 July 2017


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