The Beauty and Romance of Arts and Crafts Gardens with Sarah Rutherford

WHEN: Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 6:00PM - 7:30PM
WHERE: Blithewold Mansion

The Arts and Crafts Movement espoused values of simplicity, craftsmanship, and beauty not only in architecture and furniture but also in gardens. Between the 1890s and 1930s in Great Britain, the great Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens created engaging and beautiful gardens now redolent of a lost golden era. Their influence spread worldwide, particularly to the United States, where the style flourished and was embraced by garden landscapers such as Beatrix Farrand at Dumbarton Oaks and designer Ellen Biddle Shipman. Sarah Rutherford explores the beauty and romance of the winding paths and meticulously shaped hedges, and the gazebos and gateways, formal terraces, and billowing border plantings that made British Arts and Crafts Gardens so inspirational to the rest of the world, even to the present day.

Sarah Rutherford is a Kew-trained gardener with a York University MA in the conservation of historic parks and gardens. While working for English Heritage, she assessed sites across England for the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens, later becoming Head of the Register. Her doctoral thesis explored the landscapes of nineteenth-century lunatic asylums. She is now an enthusiastic freelance consultant, researching and writing conservation plans for parks and gardens.

A book sale/signing will take place after the lecture. Refreshments will be served.

Member $18, Non-member $23

Click here to register.


    From Our Blog

  • Sight for sore eyes (Mar 27, '15)
    Winter’s mess has me craving tidiness (I understand the whole spring cleaning thing now and have gone a little nuts clearing surfaces at home) and its palette of whites, greys, browns, and bronzy greens has made my eyeballs hungry for super-saturated rainbow colors. You too? I had both wishes fulfilled during one dark, rainy day yesterday. Betsy and I […]
  • The littlest things (Mar 20, '15)
    Pretty soon only the biggest bonanzas of blooms and armfuls of harvests will knock our socks off but right now, on the first official day of spring, it doesn’t take much to get us excited. Any evidence of the growing season, no matter how small, is huge. Especially considering there’s snow in our forecast today (ugh-gain), piles of old stuff jammed in […]
  • Thaw (Mar 11, '15)
    Suddenly it seems like it won’t be too long before we see the ground again… Fingers crossed. Is winter on its way out of your garden too?
Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail
List icon Sign up for Our E-Newsletter
Email Newsletters you can trust

Blithewold