Lecture 15 June 2020


Curiouser and Curiouser: Some Gardening Originals in Georgian and Regency London

Monday 15th June 2020 – doors open 6.00pm, lecture starts 6.30pm

London town gardens have long been resorts for the exercise of unbridled personal fantasy. Whilst many Londoners exercised constraint in the decoration of their interiors, they have felt less compelled to abide by prevailing canons of taste when it comes to their compact, kerchief-sized gardens.

Join Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, landscape architect, historian and garden advisor at Spencer House, as he delves into the delightfully idiosyncratic efforts of a handful of eighteenth-century metropolitan garden eccentrics – among them, Francis Douce (Keeper of Manuscripts at the British Museum), the Reverend William Stukeley (antiquary and sometime druid), and the especially curious and imaginative Dr Joshua Brookes (anatomist and natural historian).

After the talk, guests will have the opportunity to explore the lavish State Rooms of Spencer House and to enjoy a drink on the magnificent terrace overlooking our own Georgian garden, first laid out by Henry Holland in 1797.

More about the speaker
Todd Longstaffe-Gowan has worked on a diverse range of projects both in Britain and abroad, many of which include an element of conservation. He brings to his garden and landscape design a sense of the complexities of our relation to the past that is informed by his training and experience as an architect, landscape architect, cultural geographer and historian. He is Gardens Adviser to Historic Royal Palaces, President of the London Parks and Gardens Trust and the author of several books including The London Town Garden (Yale, 2001) and The London Square (Yale, 2012). He has advised on aspects of the garden at Spencer House for over 20 years.

Tickets £16 (including booking fee, a glass of wine and access to the State Rooms)

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