An introduction to Arts & Crafts
and Edwardian Gardens
This talk explores a very influential, albeit short lived, period in English garden design history and includes:
- Looking at the birth of the Arts & Crafts movement and it’s key players
- Providing an overview of some of the key design elements of the style
- Exploring how the Edwardian Garden Rooms style developed
- Evaluating why this short lived Arts and Crafts garden style ended
- Reviewing the ongoing influences of this period in our gardens today
This talk explores a key period of English garden design which still resonates in many English gardens today. The talk begins with a look at the reasons for the emergence of the Arts & Crafts movement in the UK and touches on the contribution made by some of the key influential members including William Morris, Edward Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll.
It explores the key elements of this garden design style including hard landscaping details and the softening ‘spill over’ planting schemes. The transition to the Edwardian ‘Garden Rooms’ style is reviewed and looks at the reasons for the end of this short lived period of garden design history.
The ongoing influences of this era of garden design on present day gardens are then discussed along with a list of worthwhile gardens to visit. This talk generally lasts for 55 minutes plus time for questions.
“We thoroughly enjoyed your talk …and it was great to hear about some of our local gardens in the Cotswolds and the South West which we know and love and can now revisit, enjoying the Arts & Crafts features in a new light “
(Thorncombe Garden Club)
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