Advolly Richmond

Garden, Landscape & Social Historian

About Me

Advolly Richmond is an independent researcher in garden, landscape and social history and is based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. She has an MA in Garden History from the University of Bristol and is qualified to RHS Level 3 in Practical Horticulture

She passionately believes that the study of garden history must take into account every aspect of Society and therefore it can never truly be separated from social and political history. Key factors such as economics, politics, conflict, religion and the influence of travel can all inform us how gardens and green spaces have been developed over the centuries. Garden history encapsulates a fascinating mixture of subjects including landscape, architectural, literary and art history.

She advocates that garden history is for everyone, it helps us to understand the value of historic designed landscapes, parks, cemeteries and many other green spaces, because only when you understand the value of something can you protect it for future generations.

Advolly has a particular interest in the gardens and wider influence of the Italian Renaissance and the mid eighteenth century Rococo gardens of England and lectures on a variety of garden history subjects from the 17th through to the 20th century.   She is a trustee of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust, a member of the Gardens Trust events committee and sits on the Winterbourne House and Gardens Advisory Group. She is also a member of the Grapevine Garden History Group which promotes education in Garden History.

Current Activities

Advolly's latest project, "The Garden History Podcast" is now available to listen to on this page and from Itunes as well as your favourite podcast provider.

Her major current research is on the life and legacy of the Rev. Thomas Birch Freeman (1809-1890), an Anglo-African Victorian missionary, botanist and plant collector. She is also writing about the social history of archery as a pursuit for the wealthy at British country estates in the 18th & 19th centuries.

She conducts her research alongside the delivery of Introduction to Garden History courses for National Trust staff in various regions and 6 week courses for Birmingham University at Winterbourne House and Gardens, Birmingham and at the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

She has presented a feature for Gardeners World from the 18th century Painswick Rococo garden, Gloucestershire (October 2019) and written for the English Garden magazine (January 2020) and is a Garden media guild member.

She also spends a great deal of time in her garden which was featured on Gardener’s World in June 2019 and as a plant loving practical gardener, she probably has far too many roses and is usually found lurking in either the archives or the shrubbery.

Garden History Talks

Garden History Courses

Garden History Podcast


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