Left: print of the south side view of the Ruins at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,
with the Temple of Aeolus in the background by Woollett and Kirby, c1763.
Tuesday 23 February 2021 7:30pm-8:30pm
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Title Ruins in the Landscape
Abstract From hermitages to ruined abbeys, headless statues to wellheads, we scatter ruins through our gardens and designed landscapes. The Romans were the first to incorporate ruins in gardens and now we create gardens around Roman ruins. But what is the fascination with incorporating the old in the new? Why should ancient cultures rise again amongst the flowerbeds and verdant green lawns? This illustrated talk will consider the history and role of ruins in garden design.
Our Speaker Dr Twigs Way, previous Chair of CGT, has worked in historic landscapes for over twenty years, from medieval parks to gardens and landscapes of all periods. At present she blends lecturing, research, writing, publishing, crafting landscape management plans, visiting historic sites, and the history of female gardeners. She relaxes by weeding her own garden, sometimes with a mattock…