Women and Gardens: Study Weekend at Rewley House, Oxford

Held in association with The Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford, our annual weekend conference will seek to document, explore and debate the pioneering contributions made by women to the development of gardens and landscape design from the medieval period to the present. New and exciting research will be presented to illuminate the roles of women as designers, patrons, writers, botanists, craftswomen and artists and to explore the rich and varied possibilities from combining gender history and garden history.  There will be an afternoon coach trip to Wrest Park.

Programme

Friday 
Dinner followed by Catherine Horwood on Beth Chatto: a life in plants
see our illustration above, by Jerry Harpur.

Saturday
Annabel Watts on The Changing Seasons at Munstead Wood;
Jemima Hubberstey and Andrew Hann
on Literary Coteries and their impact on landscape design, 1740–1760;
John Watkins
on The Conservation and representation of 250 years of garden history at Wrest Park;

Afternoon visit to Wrest Park.

Statue of Jemima, Duchess of Kent (picture by Charles Boot)

This statue of a woman in lead, on a stone plinth in the bosquet at Wrest, is seated, resting on an urn and with an open book in her left hand. She is thought to represent Jemima, first wife of the Duke of Kent. She died in 1728.

Evening Lecture by Clare Willsdon
on ‘The Lady of the garden, lawn and blackbird:’ Beatrix Whistler

Sunday morning
Lectures by Pippa Shirley on Miss Alice de Rothschild and the gardens at Waddesdon;
Alice Strickland on The Messels at Nymans
and Fiona Davison on
‘An almost impossible thing:’ pioneering professional women gardeners.

The cost of the coach is included in the tuition fee for the course.
There will be much standing and walking over uneven ground.
Please come with suitable footwear and prepared for all weathers.

Full booking details on the click through.

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