The Temptations of Using Archaeology in Historic Gardens

Posted on December 3rd, 2009 by Charles Boot
Feb ’10
6:30 pm

The Temptations of Using Archaeology
in Historic Gardens

Brian Dix, International Garden Archaeologist

8th GHS Annual Lecture at the RHS,
Royal Horticultural Halls & Conference Centre

6.30pm, Wednesday 17 February

Brian Dix’s consummate skills have been in demand from Hampton Court to the Arctic Circle and from Romania to Northamptonshire. His work at Boughton House, where the Duke of Buccleuch has begun the massive task of restoring the gardens, is the latest of the many successful restorations with which he has been intimately involved from inception. Most recently, ‘Orpheus’ — a spectacular new feature designed by Kim Wilkie to refl ect the historic landscape — has been created in the park

Garden archaeology is an indispensable part of researching the development of an historic garden. Original forms, lying undisturbed for years, can be identifi ed without damage while areas of sensitivity and importance are highlighted to guide decisions about preservation, renewal or enhancement of the designed landscape. Brian Dix will share with us the techniques, judgments and solutions to his multiplicity of commissions.

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