An afternoon and talk on 'The Modern English Garden' with Richard Bisgrove.


Join us for an afternoon in the company of Richard Bisgrove, distinguished author and horticulturist, who will be giving a talk on ‘The Modern Garden’ and the modern garden. Saturday 10th September  15.30 – 18.30.

The Modern Garden. A talk by Richard Bisgrove at Turn End Garden, Haddenham, Bucks Saturday 10th September 2016

Drawing on Turn End as an example, Richard's illustrated talk will explore different aspects in the development of the ‘modern’ garden.  The ‘Modern Movement’ in architecture (‘Form follows function’ and ‘Less is more’) set challenges for garden designers, since gardens are after all decorative and luxuriant compositions.  Richard will suggest how those challenges were applied to the creation of the ‘Modern Garden’ and then trace how various strands of garden design have developed in a ‘post-modern’ world.

Richard will be giving his talk in the Methodist Chapel, High Street, Haddenham, preceded by tea and homemade cake, and followed by a reception in Turn End garden, giving an opportunity to meet Richard and chat informally with him – and enjoy Turn End garden!

This event is a special fundraising event for Turn End Trust and we are most grateful to Richard for donating his talk and his time.  Proceeds will go specifically towards a new covered space.

Richard Bisgrove is much in demand as a lecturer on garden history and landscape design. He pioneered the development of a degree programme in landscape management at the University of Reading and lectures on various aspects of garden history internationally. His books include The National Trust Book of the English Garden, The Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll, and William Robinson – the wild gardener. With Paul Hadley, he co-authored Gardening in the Global Greenhouse, sponsored by the National Trust and the Royal Horticultural Society.

He has served on the Council and Conservation Committee of the Garden History Society and the Gardens Panel of the National Trust, and is currently on the board of Trustees of Turn End Trust.  He is a consultant on the restoration and management of historic gardens including recently the Royal Botanic Garden in Madrid and a private garden in California.

In January 2004 Richard was awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society for “outstanding contribution to horticultural education, garden design and plant research”.  In May 2009 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Kew Guild for “distinguished service to the general enhancement of horticulture and garden history within this country and abroad”, an honour which is limited to 25 people.  In November 2010  he was awarded the Peter Youngman Award by the President of the Landscape Institute for ‘an outstanding contribution to landscape’.