Saturday 24 September
The set square and the spade: the house and garden in England as a work of art
Rarely was a great mansion built without a great garden and often the two were designed as a single work of art. But what happens as gardens grow and develop while buildings stand still? Simon Thurley considers house and garden as one of the most brilliant expressions of English artistic achievement and asks how we can restore the relationship between outstanding architecture and stunning landscape today.
Simon Thurley is an historian who writes about architecture and landscape; he has published many books including The Building of England, his history of architecture in England. For 13 years he ran English Heritage and before that directed the Museum of London. His career has included the restoration of some of England’s most important gardens and landscapes including those at Hampton Court and Chiswick House.