Research Group lectures, talks & study days, 2009–2018

2018 – Water in Motion Study Day – Wednesday 3rd October

The Study Day will take place in the lovely surroundings of Chawton House, home to
Jane Austen’s brother Edward Knight and now home to a unique library of early women’s writing.

The day will begin at 10.00am with registration & coffee or tea and will include a sit down lunch in the Great Hall.

The cost for the day will be £50.00 for HGT members £55.00 for non – members.

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2017 – Garden History Tuesday Talks

25 April: The Secret Life of the Georgian Garden – Speaker: Kate Feluś

16 May: Jane Austen and the Landscape Garden – Speaker: Elizabeth Proudman

20 June:  Graham Stuart Thomas-the story of his internationally renowned collection of Heritage roses at Mottisfont, and his legacy – Speaker: David Stone

19 September: ‘Remarks on Forest Scenery’, the Revd Gilpin,the Picturesque and the New Forest – Speaker: Sally Miller

17 October: The History of the British Rock Garden – Speaker: Janice Bennetts

2016 – the Research Group was involved in the Capability Brown Tercentenary celebrations:

Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown Tercentenary Tree trail leaflet is now available at Hillier Gardens and Arboretum (August 2016)

The ‘Capability Brown in Hampshire’ exhibition is now at the Hampshire Record Office until the end of September 2016 – all organised by the Research Group.

For more information on Capability Brown events in Hampshire click here

Between 2011 and 2015 Hampshire Gardens Trust Research Group ran a series of study days. Speakers included nationally known lecturers and writers in garden history

2015 Study Days

  • 28 March: Women Gardeners & Garden Owners in the early 20th Century
  • 15 October: Public Parks: ‘Arcadias for All’ – Exploring their origins, development, heyday, decline, revival – and their future
    2014 Plants in Garden History: 2000 Years of Discovery (4 mornings)
  • ‘The Turning Circle’ : from the Romans to the Renaissance
  • The Renaissance flood
  • The 17th & 18th centuries: from Plant Hunter to Gardener via the Nursery Trade
  • The rise of the Professional Plant Hunter
  • The Plant Hunters’ legacy and the Role of the Botanic Gardens in plant conservation.

2013 Gardens in the Modern Landscape (5 mornings)

  • The Inspiration
  • Garden-Making Between the Wars
  • The Age of the Landscape Architect & The Garden Revival
  • Contemporary Trends in Garden Design
  • Led by the Land : the Landscapes of the Future

2012 Influences upon British Landscape and Garden Design (6 mornings)

  • Early Influences from Abroad
  • Reading Political Allegiances in the 18th. Century garden
  • Pope to Austen: how writing shaped and reflected garden making in the 18th century
  • Lake, Grot, Pool & Fount
  • Plant Hunters & Nurseries
  • The Influence of the British Garden Abroad

2011 Garden History from Tudor to Arts & Crafts gardens (6 mornings)

  • Tudor & early Stuart Gardens
  • Gardens in 17th century England
  • Allusion & Illusion in the 18th century landscape
  • Into the modern world- the 19th century garden
  • Gardens of the Arts and Crafts Movement
  • The history of parks & gardens in Hampshire

We also have a programme of single lectures, usually held at Hampshire Record Office

2014: 1 May, with Hampshire Archives and Local Studies
‘An Evening with Hillier’s’ – speakers – Jean Hillier & Andy McIndoe

2012: 8 November (lunchtime)
‘The Garden as a Laboratory. The Design and Use of Domestic Gardens by Two Eighteenth-Century Doctors’ – speaker – Dr Clare Hickman

2011: 3 November (lunchtime)
‘Gardening Friends’ – speaker – Marion Mako

2010: 4 November (lunchtime)
‘Paradise of Exiles: Anglo-Florentine Gardens & Gossip’ – speaker – Katie Campbell

2009: 4 November (lunchtime)
‘Dusty Archives & Green Wellies … discoveries in the English Landscape’ – speaker – Professor Timothy Mowl