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After Miss Jekyll ‐ English Gardens of the Late 20th and Early 21st Centuries James Bolton Thursday 06 July 2017

The long shadow of the Arts and Crafts Movement has hung over English gardening for most of the twentieth century. The dominance of Miss Jekyll and the enduring popularity of gardens at Hidcote and Sissinghurst have proved to be an enduring legacy. There were always subversive undercurrents of alternative styles and influences which, as the new century gets into its stride, have gained a greater importance and momentum. Post‐Modernism, rich in symbolism, has, in gardens like Portrack, Little Sparta and Througham Court, explored the worlds of literature and science, while plants, for centuries an abiding passion of English gardeners, have continued to cast their spell, with newly‐discovered plants enriching gardens across the country. Towards the end of the century the New Perennial Movement, originating in Europe, has allied itself to our increasing desire to go organic, and the interest in woodland and wild‐flower meadows, to produce a freer, gentler style of planting, spearheaded by Tom Stuart‐Smith, perhaps more in tune with the Twenty‐First Century.

James Bolton set up a garden design business in 1992, following two years as head gardener at the Old Rectory, Farnborough. He had previously trained with the Direction des Parcs et Jardins in Paris. He lectures extensively on garden history to NADFAS and elsewhere. He was Faculty Director of Design History at the Inchbald School of Design. He now runs Border Lines, the leading tour company to the finest private gardens in Britain, Europe and South Africa.
Reading list:
English Garden History by Tom Turner (Antique Collectors Club)
The Architect and his wife by Jane Ridley (Chatto and Windus)
Gardens with Atmosphere by Arne Maynard (Conran Octopus)
English Gardens in the Twentieth Century by Tim Richardson (Aurum Press)