This Women and Gardens Study Weekend is held in association with the Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford. It 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, educators, campaigners, working gardeners, writers, botanists and artists and to explore the rich and varied possibilities from combining gender history and garden history.

There will also be an afternoon coach trip to Waterperry Gardens on the Saturday.


Dinner followed by Luca Csepely-Knorr & Camilla Allen on Brenda Colvin and the women of the welfare landscape.

Liz Herbert McAvoy on Women’s writing and constructions of gender in the medieval enclosed garden
Twigs Way on Frances Garnet Wolseley (1872-1936): a life in garden and land
Catherine Horwood on “The Redoubtable Miss H.” – The Story behind Waterperrry Horticultural School

Afternoon visit to Waterperry.

Beatrix Havergal at Waterperry Photo: Cecil Beaton, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Evening Lecture by Fiona Davison
on ‘’An Almost Impossible Thing”: pioneering professional women gardeners

Sunday morning
Kimberly Glassman on Nineteenth-Century women as botanical collectors: exploring the gardens of Woodfield, Spencer Wood, and Château St. Louis.
Rachel Savage on Jane Loudon – Author, Editor, Infuencer
and David Marsh on Waving Goodbye

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.

To book or for full details of the programme for the women and gardens study weekend please click on the link above.

For queries contact Rewley House by email,
or phone: + 44 (0) 1865 270 380.

English Heritage Conference

To complement this event, you may be interested in a one-day conference offered by English Heritage on Women and Gardens at at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire in March 2023.

For more information see: