From Caesar to Churchill – European Gardens through the Ages

In 2011 we sponsored a four lecture series between January and April on the history of European gardens.

My Darling Clementine, Not Lost and Gone Forever: The Churchills and the Garden at Chartwell

Three topics will be addressed in this lively presentation: why the garden was initially not a major concern, both before and immediately after the historic property was acquired by the Churchills; how it became important to Winston; and why and how it has survived until today. Presented by Michael Pulman, Ph.D.

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From the Humble Hortus to the Luxurious Villa: Ancient Roman Gardens and How They Grew

Many of the most famous and beloved gardens of the western world are able to trace aspects of their design and materials to the gardens of ancient Rome. Please join us as we admire the wide variety of vegetable and herbs grown in a typical “hortus”, as we are astonished by the depth of gardening information unearthed by archeologists at Pompeii and as we are awed by the opulence and scale of the imperial gardens of Livia and Hadrian. Presented by Bonnie Joseph

Monastery Gardens: A Medieval Model for Sustainability

In Medieval England, monasteries were complex societies offering the seclusion to live a contemplative life, but nevertheless filling an important support role in their communities. The model of self sufficiency that has been extracted from surviving farm and financial records reveal practices that allowed the monks to sustain themselves with healthy food, celebrate occasions with beautiful flowers, heal the sick with medicinal herbs, and provide places of quiet beauty for prayer and reflection. The gardens of the medieval monasteries were an inspiration to those who made them and to those of us in modern times who study them. Presented by Linda Milbourn

Italian Renaissance Garden Design: The Cosmic Ordering of Nature

Learn how the culture of the Italian Renaissance (1450-1550) interpreted nature, conceptualized gardens, and developed planting plans. We’ll touch on fascinating topics, such as, the first botanical garden, giochi d’aqua, grottoes, and patronage. Presented by Donna Bone