Celebrating George London

Posted on March 17th, 2014 by Charles Boot
Apr ’14
9:45 am

Celebrating George London (1640 to 1714),
one half of a great gardening duo

Research and Recording Study Day
at Melbourne Hall, Derbyshire

with The AGT and Derbyshire GT
9.45am to 4.30pm, Wednesday 9 April

The London and Wise Nurseries at Hampton Park were the centre of excellence for plant sourcing in the 17th and early-18th centuries.They supplied plants in huge numbers for the intricate alle?e and wilderness schemes of the times and enabled designs of extreme complexity to be planted.These designs of George London and Henry Wise were nearly all swept away by the passion for the ‘natural’ landscape of the later part of the 18th century.

Melbourne Hall is a wonderful survivor.The layout was a collaboration between London and Wise and the owner Thomas Coke. Coke was heavily involved in the theatre of the early eighteenth century and the garden reflects his own personality.

Melbourne Hall in Derbyshire, designed by George London and Henry Wise. From Inigo Triggs' Formal Gardens

Melbourne Hall in Derbyshire, designed by George London and Henry Wise. From Inigo Triggs’ Formal Gardens

Speakers are:
Gill Western, Curator at Melbourne Hall, on
Melbourne Hall: The history of the house and family;
Richard Wheeler, national specialist in garden history for The National Trust, on
George London: His Life and Work;
and also on
George London and Henry Wise:
Their impact on the landscape of Melbourne Hall and legacy
To be followed by a guided tour of Melbourne Hall Gardens, and tea.

Cost: £45, includes coffee/tea, lunch, guided tours of the garden and afternoon tea. Early booking is advisable.To book a place on the Study Day please complete Booking Form. If you wish to pay by BACS you will need to reserve a place first, please email Teresa, the AGT Co-ordinator, or phone: 020 7251 2610 to make a reservation.

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