In an English Country Garden
When: Fri 29 Nov 2013, 18.30-20.00
Where: Staff Restaurant, British Library
Price: £7.50 / £5 concessions
The Georgian era heralded the replacement of the formal garden with the English Landscape movement for the landed gentry. Its idealized view of nature, championed by Capability Brown, brought a looser more minimalist garden design. But the period also saw the creation of the Pleasure Garden and temporary 'pop-up' gardens, which combined the aesthetic of nature with public entertainment and spectacle. Chair Christopher Woodward, joined in conversation with Todd Longstaffe-Gowan and Tony Heywood explore the notion of ephemeral Georgian gardens and their continuing impact in the various guises of temporary gardens today which have helped shape our views of outside space.
Todd Longstaffe-Gowan is President of the London Parks and Gardens Trust and Gardens Advisor to Hampton Court Palace. He is also the author of several books including The Gardens and Parks at Hampton Court Palace, The London Town Garden 1700-1840 and The London Square: Gardens in the Midst of Town - winner of the 2013 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize, given by the Foundation for Landscape Studies. He has a PhD in Historical Geography from University College, London. Todd designs town, country and public gardens and has worked on private estates in the UK and around the world. He has developed and implemented long-term landscape management plans for the National Trust and English Heritage. He also holds a variety of advisory roles including Gardens Adviser to Historic Royal Palaces.
Sarah Eberle is an acclaimed Landscape and Garden Designer, renowned for being a ‘Fusionist’ with her eclectic and individual style that takes reference from many quarters. Since 1990, Sarah has been involved in the design and construction of show gardens and currently holds nine RHS Gold Medals, two Best in Show Awards at RHS Chelsea and RHS Hampton Court Flower Shows, as well as having exhibited internationally in New Zealand, Singapore and Japan. She holds a number of Civic Design Awards for her work, two George Cooke Awards for Design Innovation, and in 2008 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Design from Greenwich University. In 2012 she co-designed the Cityscapes Gibbon's Rent community garden in London Bridge, and created a pop-up garden in Trafalgar Square.
Christopher Woodward (chair) has been Director of The Garden Museum since 2006. His interest in 18th-century Arcadia began while studying art history at Cambridge. His book, In Ruins – a study of how artists and writers have been inspired by picturesque ruins and landscapes – was short-listed for the Rhys Prize for young writers, and described as a ‘masterpiece’ by The Independent and The Literary Review. His interest in landscape embraces swimming; after sponsored swims of the Hellespont and The Strait of Gibraltar on behalf of the Garden Museum he is training for a third swim from Oxford to London. Christopher is also a Trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
This event will have live subtitling for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing visitors, provided by STAGETEXT.