Enhancing Paradise: two contemporary West Indian gardens

Sunday 23 September | 12pm–1pm

Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, a landscape architect, historian, author and collector, discusses his role in the creation of two significant gardens in Barbados and Trinidad, and the pleasures and frustrations of tropical gardening.

He will also consider the challenges faced by Chatsworth in the cultivation of its famous Musa Cavendishii (Cavendish Banana), imported from Mauritius by William Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire in c1834, as well as the origins of a handful of other exotics in Chatsworth’s tropical collection.

Todd is also Gardens Adviser to Historic Royal Palaces, Landscape Adviser to the Crown Estate Paving Commission in Regent’s Park, and founding member and President of the London Parks and Gardens Trust. He has an international design practice based in London and has worked extensively in the West Indies.

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Banner image: Todd Longstaffe-Gowan credit Paola Moretti