Date(s) - 18/01/2020
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Bucks County Museum
Bucks GT Spring Talk 2020
by Professor Sir Roderick Floud FBA FACSS
Purchasing Paradise: the money that financed the great gardens
2.30pm, Saturday 18 January 2020
at the Bucks County Museum
£10 for members, £12 for guests
Professor Floud is an economic historian and fellow of many academic institutions. His book, ‘An Economic History of the English Garden’, is published by Allen Lane in November 2019. Sir Roderick is a member of the Bucks Gardens Trust.
An Economic History of the English Garden draws on never-seen primary sources to explore how much gardens cost to make and to maintain; how many gardeners tend to particular gardens; the prices of plants sold by nurseries, or imported from far-flung corners of the world; where the plants come from, what tools and techniques were used to create them and how they were invented. The author compares one garden with another in terms of the burden that it has put on the family that has owned it over the centuries. He unearths where their money came from and why they spent it on a garden. The result is a far deeper understanding of one of England’s dearest – and indeed costliest – industries.
Spring Talk 2020
All our Talks are held at the Bucks County Museum
Church Street, Aylesbury, HP20 2QP
(our map shows you how to find the Museum and parking).
Our Talks always include tea/coffee and cakes at the end with a chance to talk to the speaker and with fellow members.
About our Speaker
Roderick Floud has been a pioneer of two new kinds of history: using statistics to study the past and the history of human height and health. The economic history of gardens is his third innovation. He has taught at the universities of Cambridge, London and Stanford, has written or edited over 70 books and articles and is the long-standing editor of the Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain. He has also led London Metropolitan University and Gresham College London and undertaken many other roles in the university world, such as President of Universities UK, receiving a knighthood for services to higher education.