At the end of January I attended the Garden History Society Council Meeting, writes GHSS Chair Judy Riley. Much of the agenda was taken up with the merger with the AGT and the attendant business plan, now available on the Garden History Society website. Details of the merger can also be found in the spring newsletter. We envisage our new organisations working closely together and, to this end, negotiations are continuing concerning reciprocal ex officio membership of each other’s Boards.
As seen on the BBC, British Gardens in Time takes four iconic gardens – Stowe, Biddulph Grange, Nymans and Great Dixter – and provides a fascinating window into the creators and events that shaped them. The stories of their creation include obsession, escape, social ambition, political intrigue, heartbreak, bankruptcy and disaster.
In The New English Garden the leading garden writer Tim Richardson discusses twenty-five significant English gardens made or remade over the past decade. Together these represent a coherent overview of what remains probably the most inventive garden culture in the world.
Inspired by European impressionist paintings of open countryside, private gardens, and urban parks, American artists working between 1887 and 1920 turned their attentions to the landscapes being created in the fast-changing cities and rapidly emerging suburbs of their own country.
The Calcutta Botanic Garden was first set up in the 1780s by Lieutenant Colonel Kyd, a Scot from Forfarshire, then Secretary of the Military Department of Inspection in Bengal, at his estate of Sibpur across the Hooghly River from the city, writes Dr James Simpson OBE FRIAS. In 1786 Kyd proposed that the East India Company should take over the garden and the Court of Directors gave their formal approval in July 1787.