Tania Compton, photograph: Hugo Burnand
The Golden Age of British Gardens 23/09/15
Are British gardens better than they ever have been? Or did garden visitors of earlier ages enjoy glories we cannot imagine?
As we celebrate the launch of Tania Compton's new book, The Private Gardens of England, three writers tell us when they think gardens were at their best - and you, the audience, get a chance to vote!
Join us for what is sure to be a lively, thought-provoking debate between writers Tania Compton, Tim Richardson and George Plumptre, who each choose a year when they think British gardens were at their best. Tania argues for the here and now; George conjures up the splendours of 1927, when the nation’s most handsome gardens open for the first time for the Yellow Book, and Tim Richardson takes us to 1740, when giants such as William Kent strode the scene. Join us for what is sure to be a lively debate!
Tania Compton is a British writer and garden designer working for private clients in the UK and France. A trustee of The Garden Museum, Tania has been immersed in the world of plants and gardens since spotting Iris gynandriris sprout indigo ribbons between the tyre tracks of rocky roads in Ibiza when she was 22. Tania is currently compiling a book titled The Private Gardens of England with royalties going towards the Garden Museum Development Fund that will be published in the UK in September 2015.
George Plumptre has enjoyed a long career as an author, journalist and lecturer. His latest garden book, The English Country House Garden, was published in 2014, winning the Garden Media Guild’s annual award for ‘Inspirational Book of the Year’. George is currently Chief Executive of the National Gardens Scheme. During the 1990s he was gardening correspondent forThe Times and has written annually for Country Life magazine since 1980, as well as for a number of other publications. As well as his career in gardens and as a writer, George has spent many years working in the art world, first at Sotheby’s and subsequently at Bonhams.
Tim Richardson is a garden historian and critic of contemporary landscape architecture whose most recent books include The New English Garden and Great Gardens of America. He writes regularly for newspapers and magazines including the Daily Telegraph, Gardens Illustrated and Country Life. Tim is a trustee of The Garden History Society and serves on the gardens advisory panel of the National Trust. He is the founder-director of the Chelsea Fringe Festival.
18:30 – 20:30