Advolly Richmond

Garden, Landscape & Social Historian


Garden History in 10 Objects:

Learn about garden history through a full day featuring a ‘hands on’ session with ten carefully chosen garden-related artifacts and images to highlight the diversity of garden history. This will be followed by lively illustrated lectures and studies hich put the items into context within garden and landscape history. The 10 Objects day leads naturally to a follow-up six-week course of lectures which takes a simple chronological approach to the subject, looking at the main elements of garden design and their social, economic and cultural context. These courses are quite informal and require no previous knowledge of garden history.

  • Time: 1 day
  • Fee: POA
  • By: Advolly Richmond & Dr Jill Francis

6 weeks Introduction to Garden History:

Garden history encapsulates a fascinating mix of landscape, architectural, literary and art histories. This interdisciplinary course will take a chronological approach and will be delivered by Advolly Richmond MA and Dr Jill Francis in 6 half day sessions.

  • Week 1 – Introduction to the course. What is garden history? How do we ‘do’ it? This session will cover the period up to and including the Italian Renaissance.
  • Week 2 – Elizabethan gardens, with case studies including the Elizabethan gardens at Kenilworth and Lyvedon New Bield, and New Place garden at Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • Week 3 – Gardening in the seventeenth century, focusing on changes brought about by the voyages of discovery into the New World and the increased importance of the ornamental flower garden. Anglo/Dutch/French gardens.
  • Week 4 – The eighteenth-century landscape park and its eclectic precursors.
  • Week 5 – The nineteenth-century: Regency and Victorian gardens.
  • Week 6 – The Twentieth Century. Edwardian, Anglo-Japanese and modern gardens. ‘Where next?’
NB: An optional garden visit will also be offered:

  • Time: approx. 1/2 day for 6 sessions
  • Fee: POA
  • By: Advolly Richmond & Dr Jill Francis

1 Day Introduction to Garden History:

It can be difficult to commit time over a 6 week period. So this is a one day stand alone course to explore the diversity and potential depth of garden history. Plants, people and societal events which influenced the subject over the years. This course can be tailored to specific regions, gardens as required and put into a chronological context. The importance of the designation and conservation of historic designed landscapes is also covered. An ideal course for organisations who want to give their employees a better understanding of historic spaces in their area.

  • Time: 1 day
  • Fee: POA
  • By: Advolly Richmond