Around the year 1900 war broke out among gardeners - on the one side were the architects and formalist designers who saw the garden as an extension of the geometry of the house, and wanted hundreds of begonias marching in rows. On the other side were the plantsmen who only saw the rare and unusual plants and said "Design is not our vocabulary" !
How to reconcile the two warring factions? Enter Gertrude Jekyll with a foot in both camps. Result - the wonderful compromise that we know and love in English Gardens.
Roger Turner is an architect and a garden designer. He designed a garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in the 1980's and also designed two of the theme gardens and pavilions at the Garden Festival in South Wales in 1992.
He is the author of five books - two on garden design, one on Capability Brown, and two on garden plants, including a monograph on Euphorbias.
Friday 24th April, 3pm - 4.30pm
Adults tickets: £7.50
Under 18's: £5.00
Llanthony Secunda Priory Trust
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