Our next zoom lecture by Jane Balfour ‘The Renaissance Gardens of Florence and Fiesole’ takes place on Monday 7th June at 6pm

Why should such a topic be of relevance to Hampshire Gardens Trust?

This talk will reveal how despite the passing of 5 centuries, the c19th brief fashion for English parks, and in particular the assaults of the second world war, these gardens have been restored largely by two Englishmen. 

 A distinguished Arts and Crafts Architect, Cecil Pinsent, who worked in Florence both before and after the 2nd World War and in the case of the famous home of Arthur Action and his son Harold Acton – Villa La Pietra, a ten year restoration project by Hampshire’s well known Landscape Designer Kim Wilkie responsible for, as an example,  Winchester’s Hyde Abbey Gardens.

So, without the need for Tests or Quarantine we shall be swept to the city of Florence with the aid of Zoom!

About the Speaker

Jane Balfour is a long time member of HGT, following a course in garden design at Sparsholt, chance lead her to lecturing on Garden History at both Reading and Surrey Universities. Jane’s particular love is Gertrude Jekyll (hence her translating the plans for the restoration of Townhill Park), Harold Peto and Gardens of the Arts and Crafts Movement, but here in Florence we see yet again that philosophy brought into play”.

Tickets are £5.00.  Please click here to purchase a ticket.