Date(s) - 22/02/2020
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Bucks County Museum
Bucks GT Spring Talk 2020
by Richard Mawrey QC
The Gods of the Gardens
2.30pm, Saturday 22 February 2020
at the Bucks County Museum
£10 for members, £12 for guests
Fertilizers and pesticides are all very well but nothing beats divine assistance in your garden. Richard Mawrey traces the history of gardeners invoking the help and protection of gods and saints, from Aphrodite/Venus to Saint Fiacre.
A View of the Rotunda (with Aphrodite/Venus) in the Garden at Stowe, Buckinghamshire, 1753
by Jean-Baptiste-Claude Chatelain
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Courtesy of Watercolour World
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
Richard is a member of the Bucks GT, indeed he wrote our Memorandum and Articles, and was instrumental in founding the Oxfordshire Gardens Trust.
Perhaps more relevantly he is a trustee of the Historic Gardens Foundation, an international heritage charity which Gillian set up with his help nearly 25 years ago to promote the cause of historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes worldwide. The Foundation publishes Historic Gardens Review which provides a portal for the views of enthusiasts, campaigners and professionals alike,and is a leading voice in championing the cause of our garden heritage.
Through feature articles and frank commentary on the experiences of garden visitors, they promote high standards of management and conservation, celebrate successful restorations and campaign on behalf of sites that are threatened by development or neglect.
Every country has a garden heritage and the HGF aims to celebrate it. Alongside articles on famous gardens, the Review also specialise in finding the out-of-the-way gardens, often in a country that may not realise that it even has a garden heritage. All aspects are covered: the history of gardens and their creators, modern restorations and modern disasters, the challenges of maintaining and presenting gardens, and the views and controversies of professionals and amateurs alike.