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Last Landscapes: The landscapes of British Cemeteries over the last 4 centuries Presented by Kate Harwood


The talk covers the development of cemeteries, and since 1902, of crematoria, and their differing landscapes addressing different purposes. The design of these, from Vanbrugh’s enthusiasm for the Indian cemeteries he had seen, to the modern natural burial, includes many overseas influences. Context from Buenos Aires to Surat, from Stockholm to Cape Town is provided. […]


William Wilshere, a Hitchin lawyer, and his garden 1790-1824 Presented by Bridget Howlett

The Village Hall, Woolmer Green The Village Hall, Hall Lane, Woolmer Green, United Kingdom

This talk is based on William Wilshere’s Farm and Gardening Memoranda, spanning the years 1809 to 1824, supplemented by information from his cash books, bills and a journal and planting book started by his gardener, James Bowie, in 1812. Bowie left Wilshere in August 1814 when he was sent by Sir Joseph Banks on a […]

£5.00 – £8.00

Study Day – Charles Bridgeman: Pioneer of the Naturalistic Landscape

Hastoe Village Hall, Tring, Herts Hastoe Village Hall, Tring

Despite being a popular designer in the early 18th century, Bridgeman’s place in garden history and many of his landscapes remained neglected over time. Although not so well-known as his illustrious successors, Capability Brown and Humphrey Repton, Bridgeman can be safely claimed as the first landscape designer of note to adopt a more naturalistic style […]

£45 – £50