Kim Wilkie is our 2021 Christmas Lecturer, recounting the 10-year restoration of the gardens at Villa La Pietra.
Wednesday 8 December 2021: CGT Christmas Lecture from 11:00am-1:00pm
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Title Garden Ghosts.
Abstract The restoration of a garden is a brutal business: such was Kim Wilkie’s comment on his 10-year project to restore the gardens of the renaissance Villa La Pietra, outside Florence. The prestigious villa, remodelled by the Capponi family in the 17C, was bought by the Actons in 1907, who altered the 57-acre estate to create a formal Baroque Italian garden with extensive stonework, including almost two hundred statues. The gardens reached their peak in the 1930s and, since then, were left to decay gently. Bequeathed to New York University by Sir Harold Acton in 1994, NYU engaged Kim Wilkie to develop a restoration and maintenance plan for the gardens. Kim’s talk will take us through the deep surgery required to bring the gardens back, while retaining the birds, frogs and ghosts of the place, and give them the vigour to last another century.
Our Speaker After 25 years of running his own practice, Kim Wilkie now works as a strategic and conceptual landscape consultant. He collaborates with architects and landscape architects around the world and combines designing with the muddy practicalities of running a small farm in Hampshire, where he is now based. Kim studied history at Oxford and landscape architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, before setting up his landscape studio in London in 1989. He continues to teach and lecture in America; writes optimistically about land and place from Hampshire, and meddles in various UK national committees on landscape and environmental policy. His current projects are focused on regenerative farming combined with human settlement, both in England and North America
Location Kettles Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ. Limited parking is available at Pound Hill; more at Castle Street or Park Street carparks. The Madingley Park and Ride bus stops on Magdalene Street. A lift is available to access the modern lecture room on the third floor.
This Christmas Lecture is open to members of Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust and guests. Seasonal refreshments will be available on arrival until the start of the talk at around 11:45am. Members £12.50; guests £15. The room capacity is 40 people, so please email admin by 1 December and preferably pay by BACS (Cambridgeshire County Garden Trust; sort code 20-29-68, account number 30347639) using your name as reference.