The Norfolk Society of Arts
September 14, 2022 | Lecture 1 | Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, Gardener-Historian & Author
Todd Longstaffe-Gowan is a landscape architect with an international practice based in London. He is gardens adviser to Historic Royal Palaces, lecturer at New York University (London), president of the London Gardens Trust, editor of The London Gardener and author of several books including The London Town Garden (Yale, 2001) and The London Square (Yale, 2012). In this presentation, he will reveal some obscure and eccentric English garden-makers who created immensely personal and idiosyncratic gardens between the 17th and 20th centuries. Among the themes he will explore are the building of miniature mountains, the shaping and moving of topiaries, the collecting and displaying of birds and animals, the excavation of caves, the assemblage of architectural fragments, and an Edwardian rebuilding of the Garden of Eden.