Venue: Stafford House, West Stafford, Dorchester DT2 8AA
Lecturers: Laura Mayer and Kate Harwood
Time: 10:15am-3.30pm, including coffee, lunch and a guided garden tour
Tickets are limited...DGT members only, £50 each, cheques made out to "Dorset Gardens Trust"
Apply by post with s.a.e and cheque to:
Joan Dallyn, Wool House, Bugley, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 5RD
Kate Harwood is a garden historian, holding a Masters in Garden History from Birkbeck College. She is a lecturer, writer and researcher in garden history. She has previously taught for Cambridge University and Birkbeck College, London. For more information on Kate, please click here: CV
Dr Laura Mayer is an independent lecturer and researcher. She holds an MA in Garden History and a PhD on eighteenth-century landscape design. Laura has published extensively, including on Capability Brown, and Jane Austen's contemporary, Humphry Repton. For more information on Laura, please click here: CV
Dr Laura Mayer's lecture: All Around is Fairy Ground: Repton and the Regency Garden
Humphry Repton (1752-1818) ambitiously named himself Capability Brown's successor: the century's next great improver of landed property. Developing a new aesthetic, which he termed 'Ornamental Gardening', his Regency layouts were laced with flowers and crammed with frothy features.
Immortalised in Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park, Repton's famous Red Books - illustrated to help his clients visualise the pleasurable potential of their properties - did much to encourage an appreciation of landscape aesthetics amongst the rising middle classes. This lecture traces his designs from their Picturesque beginnings to the progressive Gardenesque style