Garden History Lectures and Talks

Institute of Historical Research, University of London

History of Gardens and Landscapes seminars at the Institute of Historical Research. Unless otherwise indicated all seminars take place 18.00 -20.00 at Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E. Please see each seminar for the exact location within Senate House.

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London Parks and Gardens Trust

Lectures and held on Monday evenings, starting at 7pm (doors open 6.30pm

11 March 2019: The Shirley Wilderness: An Early Ecological Garden – Jeremy Rye

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Oxford Literary Festival 

Monday, 1 April at 13.15 Garden History: A Very Short Introduction. A free 15-minute talk in the Festival Marquee. ‘Taking us on a globe-trotting historical journey from the gardens of ancient Persia to modern day allotments, fellow in Renaissance studies at the University of Leicester Professor Gordon Campbell embraces gardens in all their splendour and considers the future of the garden in the age of global warming and the adaptive spirit of human innovation’.

Saturday, 6 April at 16.00 Oxford College Gardens at St. Cross College. A 1-hour talk by garden writer Tim Richardson. ‘Oxford’s colleges contain a surprising range of gardens from the open lawns of Trinity College to the ancient mound in New College, the 18th-century landscape gardens of Worcester College and the modernist gardens of St Catherine’s. The university’s Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in the world’.

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RHS Lindley Library 

Bamboo and Bonsai: A Study of Japanese Gardens at the RHS Lindley Library, 80, Vincent Square, SW1 2PE on Friday, 3 May 14.00 -17.00
An afternoon study session with art historian Toshio Watanabe who specialises in the artistic relationships between Britain and Japan. In this session he will explore how, from the mid – nineteenth century to the present day, the West has interacted with Japanese gardens, and, together with the Library’s art curator, will present associated items from the Lindley Library collection.
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The Garden Museum

Emma Tennant in conversation with Alan Titchmarsh March 12 at 19.00 ‘I cannot remember a time when I was not interested in both gardening and painting. I must have been born with a trowel in one hand and a paintbrush in the other.” – Emma Tennant’

Christopher Thacker: A Tribute & Celebration March 19 from 18.30 -20.15 

Christopher’s eventful life will be remembered and celebrated by garden historian Min Wood with contributions from Dr Brent Elliott on his considerable literary output and Dr David Jacques on his contribution as the first inspector for the Register of Parks and Gardens of Historic Interest.

For those who did not know Christopher, the evening will be an insight into the pioneering days of garden conservation and the beginnings of garden history as a discipline.’

Gardens Trust 2018

Wednesday 6 March Nicholas Hawksmoor’s designs for the Gardens of Castle Howard
Dr Sally Jeffery, Architectural and Garden Historian

Wednesday 27 March John Brookes: his landscape legacy
Dr Barbara Simms, Institute of Historical Research, University of London

Wednesday 10 April Studying Orchards in Eastern England
Professor Tom Williamson, University of East Anglia

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