Changing Styles in English Gardens

from 1660 to the present day

Tuesday  March 20th  2018

At the end of the seventeenth century, English formal gardening reached its greatest pitch, with the creation of the magnificent gardens at Hampton Court setting the style for hundreds of others.With the changing centuries came new designers, the long shadow of the Arts and Crafts Movement hung over English gardening for most of the twentieth century. The dominance of Miss Jekyll and the enduring popularity of gardens at Hidcote and Sissinghurst have proved to be an enduring legacy. There were always subversive undercurrents of alternative styles and influences which explored the worlds of literature and science; while plants, for centuries an abiding passion of English gardeners, have continued to cast their spells, with newly-discovered plants enriching gardens across the country.

This study day examines the changing garden styles and looks at the designers who influenced them.

Lecturer James Bolton studied at the Inchbald School of Design 1990 (Dip ISD). Head Gardener, Old Rectory Farnborough 1990-92. Faculty Director, Design History, Inchbald School of Design. Garden Designer 1992-. A lecturer for The Arts Society since 1995. Organiser of The Arts Society's garden study days and tours in UK and Europe. Organises tours to the best private gardens in the UK, Italy, France and South Africa. 'Garden Mania', a book on garden ornaments, published 2000.

The Art Society, Bath is a member of The Art Society, an Art Education Charity

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Changes in English Gardens.pdf