2014/2015 Lecture Season

Last year we celebrated the tercentenary of George London and looked at the formal gardens of his time.  For this coming year we are looking, inter alia, at the gardens of the early eighteenth century and the loosening of formality so that we can better understand the forthcoming celebration of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s works in 2016.



 ‘Useless Anachronisms?  The Fortunes of Northamptonshire’s Country Houses since 1880’  

by Neil Lyon


Neil will discuss this question, a quotation of Sir Gyles Isham of Lamport, and will lead us through the era which saw the fortunes of some of Northamptonshire’s country houses both rise and fall. Neil is a member of the Gardens Trust and assistant director at Lamport Hall.



 ‘Music in the Garden – Fiori Musicali’  by Penelope Rapson


Dr. Penelope Rapson is director of Fiori Musicali (Musical Flowers) and takes us up the musical garden path in a light hearted talk that introduces us to some of the musical species of the 17th and 18th centuries.    She will bring to life familiar musical flora – taking cuttings from baroque stalwarts such as Telemann and Handel – as well as drawing attention to some rarer and less well known specimens from the musical potting shed.


THURSDAY  16th APRIL, 2015  –    AGM followed by:

 Late Geometric’ or ‘Arti-natural’: confusions as style changes in a peculiarly English way’

by Dr. David Jacques

 Dr. David Jacques is a well known garden historian and has written a number of books relating to the gardens of the late 17th and early 18th centuries and is eminently qualified to prepare us for the Capability Brown celebration in 2016.  He is currently working on a further volume. He is a past Chairman of the Garden History Society and has been associated with the Gardens Trust movement for many years.


Non-members are very welcome to attend our lectures – entry cost £3.00



 All meetings will be held at Great Houghton Village Hall and will start at 7.30 p.m.    

Parking is available.