The History of the English Garden

This talk covers the development of the garden in England from the coming of the Romans to present day designs.  The founding of the great monasteries continued the tradition of gardening, supported by the medieval small formal gardens for the wealthy aristocrats of the time.  Tudor gardens surrounded the grand homes of nobles such as Bess of Hardwick, to be followed in the eighteenth century by the great landscape gardeners such as Capability Brown.  Victorian England saw the activities of the plant hunters bringing exotic plants home from the east and the designs of the great gardeners such as Gertrude Jekyll and William Robinson.  In our own day small suburban gardens have come into their own to make gardening the fastest-growing hobby in the country.