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