13.12.2019 | News
English Heritage is calling for papers for a conference entitled How English is the English Garden? which will take place at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire on 17th June 2020.
Any internet search for ‘English Garden’ brings up a swathe of images filled with herbaceous borders, box hedging and rambling roses. This concept of the English garden has become ingrained in the national consciousness but these idyllic scenes give only one snapshot in the long complex history of the English garden. From their design and designers to the ‘outlandish’ plants that fill the borders, the gardens we enjoy today were formed through the exchange of ideas from the continent and beyond.
This conference will focus on this international network, and the designs, people and plants which have been both imported to and exported from the English garden from the medieval period to the present day.
We are looking for papers which address any of the general themes or questions outlined above and in particular which include:
We welcome proposals for 20 minute papers. Abstracts of up to 300 words and a brief biographical note should be sent to Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st January 2020.
Five tickets will be available free for students, which will be competitively applied for.
Photo of Wrest House by Nigel Cox, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4548970