Here is the link to next Thursday’s History talk , 5th May, by David Winpenny at 1.30pm titled ” Eccentrics, Exotics and Erratics- buildings in gardens “.
A garden building can be so much more than a simple shed or a summer house. From at least the 16th century garden owners have decorated their landscapes with a bewildering variety of structures to which they can take a pleasant walk, from which they can view their landscapes and in which they can take refreshment and entertain friends.
This talk will look at what inspired the creators of garden buildings, both in the United Kingdom and further afield, and will show how in succeeding periods different influences have come to the fore. Discover how west met east in the proliferation of Chinese-inspired buildings like pagodas and temples in the 18th century, and how at the end of the 19th century there was a taste for Japanese tea houses in gardens In the 18th century there was also a vogue for prehistoric garden ornaments, inducing stone circles and dolmens, while early 19th-century gardeners had a craze for the Egyptian style – a craze given a boost by Napoleon.
There are also buildings in Russian, Hindu, Dutch, Greek, Roman and Gothic style, towers, grottoes, dog kennels, hen houses and pigsties , as well as a blue whale, a rocket-ship and a volcano . . .
Here is the link if you can join us just before 1.30pm . Please remember to mute yourself once we have said hello …
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Meeting ID: 850 6698 2018
Tatton Park Japanese Garden