The English garden of the early years of the C20th was almost as significant, in terms of worldwide influence, as the landscapes of William Kent and ‘Capability’ Brown. The gardens created, in particular by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, set a standard against which English gardens would be measured for the next 60 years. Modernism, instinctively mistrusted by the English, swept over Europe and America at precisely this period and only in the 1990s were brave steps taken to establish an alternative to the Arts and Crafts style.
The third and contemporary strand of C20th garden design is different again, a curious mixture of formality, harking back to the C17th and informality influenced by the new planting schemes from Holland and Germany. The best contemporary gardens, which point the way forward to the twenty-first century, combine these two elements.
Our speaker, James Bolton BA MBA Dip ISD, lives in Gloucestershire. He set up his garden business in 1992, following two years as a head gardener. He had previously trained with the Direction des Parcs et Jardins in Paris. He lectures extensively on garden history. He has set up and administered courses for the Inchbald School of Design, the NACF and The Arts Society . He now runs Border Lines, the leading tour company to private English gardens, and Border Lines Abroad for tours to the finest gardens in Europe. He has written a number of articles on gardens and a book on garden ornaments, called ‘Garden Mania’ which was published by Thames and Hudson.
Example Timetable (subject to alteration)
10am registration (please note first refreshments at break time)
10.30 to 11.20 – Lecture 1
11.20 – Coffee Break
11.45 .12.30 – Lecture 2
12.30 – Buffet Lunch Including Soft Drink (wine available)
13.40 – Lecture 3
14.30 to 15.00 – Review of Day and Questions
Cost: £33 including refreshments and lunch.