Public Lecture: The Painted Garden

Gardeners and art lovers are invited to look at the history of gardening through a virtual tour of some of the greatest art galleries in the world in a public lecture at the University of Bath on Wednesday 28 October.

A freelance garden historian, Russell Bowes, will use the clues displayed or hidden in paintings to look at the major developments of gardening styles from ancient times to the present day.

The lecture will visit gardens both real and imaginary, in the company of artists such as Monet, Rubens and Constable as well as Egyptian dignitaries, medieval scribes and London underground poster designers.

Russell was awarded the University of London Diploma in Garden History in 2000, and has studied extensively at the Museum of Garden History in London.

He said: "Winter may be fast approaching, but in the painted garden, eternal summer reigns."

Russell regularly lectures for the National Trust as well as at the Eden project and the National Portrait Gallery.

He is a keen practical gardener with an interest in historic plants. His favourite gardeners include 'Capability' Brown and Gertrude Jekyll.

Russell's lecture is part of the General University Lecture Programme.

Other lectures in the current series include:

  • Airfields: a phenomenon of the 20th century - Bob Clarke, 4 November
  • Intimations of immortality: the changing face of death in an ageing society -Professor Malcolm Johnson, 11 November
  • Lady Miller of Batheaston (1741-1781) - Martin Sturge, 18 November

All lectures are free and open to the public. They start at 5:15pm and will be held in Lecture Theatre 8 West 1.1 at the Claverton campus, Parking is available in the west car park.

For more information please visit the GULP website or call Helen Redfern on 01225 386587.

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