The forum is an open area designed for enhancing communication within the wider garden history community. It is a place for questions, answers and comments as well as notices that may be of interest.
We have noticed that this page is increasingly being used to advertise events which is not really the intended function. We are trying to work on a method for flagging up other events of interest, but haven’t cracked this yet so we would urge restraint.
Anyone can add notices to the forum but we ask that you are first registered and logged into the site.
If you wish to contact one of the posters directly, then please contact us and we will pass on your message.
This seminar aims to bring together French and British research on gardens and landscapes in an interdisciplnary fashion, connecting the aesthetic with social, scientific, ideological and cultural perspectives. It is based at the Maison Française, Oxford (2-10 Norham Road, OX2 6SE), with the support of the Oxford Centre for Research in the Humanities.
Information can be [...]No Comments »
I have joined the Heritage Open Days volunteer blogging team for 2013 and wish to bring you news of my venture!
Some of you may know of my personal blog, Gardening Ways, which features articles on gardening and linked subjects, but blogging for the Heritage Open Days team provides a wider platform to spread positive [...]No Comments »
I recently came across a Victorian philanthropic organisation dedicated to providing flowers for the poor. The flowers were intended both to cheer them up and to raise their aesthetic appreciation and – I think – moral standards. I’ve completely forgotten the name of this society – possibly active in the 1850s and 60s. Does anyone [...]No Comments »
I am researching the work of Philip Southcote of ferme ornee fame for a PhD thesis. There is considerable information available regarding Wooburn Farm but little relating to Southcote’s early life, career and family background with the exception of R.W.King’s article of the 1970s. If anyone has information to share or can point me in [...]1 Comment »
NEW GARDEN AND LANDSCAPE HISTORY SEMINAR
This seminar aims to bring together French and British research on gardens and landscapes in an interdisciplnary fashion, connecting the aesthetic with social, scientific, ideological and cultural perspectives. It is based at the Maison Française, Oxford (2-10 Norham Road, OX2 6SE), with the support of the Oxford Centre [...]1 Comment »
I am writing from France. I work as an archaeologist for INRAP (Institut National de Recherches Archeologiques Preventives) and am specialized on the Bonze Age period. Not many historic gardens at that time !! It so happens that my office neighbour Jean Louis BERNARD (who works at INRAP like me on historical buildings) had to [...]No Comments »
The NHIG is running two CPD courses in 2013 on the Conservation of Architectural Ironwork.
Hampton Court 20 & 21 May 2013
York 7 & 8 November 2013
Aimed at professionals and craftspeople, this course is an introduction to the conservation of ironwork. Delegates will learn the basic principles of assessing historic ironwork in situ [...]No Comments »
Does anybody know where I could find information, or pictures, of this garden in the past? It’s a stunning location, designed by Avray tipping, but unfortunately has been neglected in recent years
This post was submitted by Derren.No Comments »
The National Heritage Ironwork Group is running two Conservation Studies CPD courses in 2013, one at Hampton Court on 20 & 21 May and the other in York on 7 & 8 November. Aimed at professionals and craftspeople, this course is an introduction to the conservation of ironwork. Delegates will learn the basic principles [...]No Comments »
Garden and Herbal History Research Seminar
Wednesday 26 June 2013, 10.30 am–4.30 pm
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution,
16–18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN, UK
Herbs, as useful plants, have featured strongly in gardens throughout the ages, but there has been relatively limited research which has closely examined the relationship between people and medicinal plants in the garden [...]No Comments »
I teach garden history to a wide age range of students. If you can deliver the subject without making it stuffy then I find younger students are interested in it and see the relevance to other subjects such as garden design.
In these modern times getting your message across to younger people is vital. Facebook and [...]11 Comments »
Vaux Le Vicomte are planning celebrations next year to mark the birth of Andre Le Notre four hundred years ago on the 12th March. They have much planned and it will be a special year for this wondeful place.
2013 will be a good year to visit Vaux.
This post was submitted by stephenha.No Comments »
Just to inform that The Plant Hunters, a book I wrote several years ago, has just been published as a Kindle edition. Its been re-edited and will make the perfect Christmas gift as well as being a jolly good read – even if I sat so myself. I hope you will enjoy it, and [...]No Comments »
I am currently researching archery as an elite pastime, in particular archery lawns, walks and terraces which were all incorporated within 19th century gardens. Well known gardens with archery lawns include Castle Bromwich Hall and Brodsworth Hall. I would be most grateful for other good examples and the location of any archival information regarding these [...]2 Comments »
In 2016 we have the tri-centenary of Lancelot Brown. It is hoped that all the owners of Browns surviving landscapes will throw open their garden gates and allow people to walk the landscape and admire the still rather bland contrivances he created. Most people see a Brown landscape when they play golf on a [...]2 Comments »