The C20 Garden part 1 – Designing the Century – Geoffrey Jellicoe

Created and re-created against the backdrop of cycle of war and peace with its accompanying social and economic impacts, the twentieth century garden pivots between tradition and modernism, informality and structure. The century sees a shift in both style and materials as concrete takes its place at the heart of new towns and spaces, whilst the country house garden struggles to survive and flourish again in a new order. Garden design increasingly reflects the needs of a wider range of society, whilst literary and artistic movements locate gardens at the very heart of the struggle for meaning in a world of change and aspiration. This series of twelve talks, divided into two parts, reflects the continuity and change in garden design and understanding through the twentieth century highlighting specific gardens and designers and setting them within more contextual discussions.
This ticket is for this individual session and costs £5 , and you may purchase tickets for other individual sessions via the links below, or you may purchase a ticket for the entire course of 6 sessions at a cost of £30 via the link here. [Gardens Trust members may use their promo code for an additional 10% discount.]
Attendees will be sent a Zoom link 2 days prior to the start of the talk, and again a few hours before the talk. A link to the recorded session will be sent shortly after each session and will be available for 1 week . *NB The talk in week 5 will be at 7pm.
Due to a recent Apple decision to charge a 30% fee for paid online events unfortunately you may no longer be able to purchase this ticket from the Eventbrite iOS app. Please use a web browser on desktop or mobile to purchase or follow the link here.
Week 1. 12th January: Landscapes of War and Peace. First in a series of 6 online lectures, £5 each or all 6 for £30.
Week 2. 19th January: Country Life: 50 years of revolutions in garden design. Second in a series of 6 online lectures, £5 each or all 6 for £30.
Week 3. 26th January: Garden-Making Between The Wars: Tradition, Modernism And Englishness. Third in a series of 6 online lectures, £5 each or all 6 for £30.
Week 4. 2nd February: Designing the Century: The Life and Work of Geoffrey Jellicoe. Fourth in a series of 6 online lectures, £5 each or all 6 for £30.
Week 5. 9th February: Norah Lindsay: The Life and Art of a Garden Designer. Fifth in a series of 6 online lectures, £5 each or all 6 for £30. *NB This talk will be at 7pm.
Week 6. 16th February: Sissinghurst, Vita Sackville West and the Literary Garden. Last in a series of 6 online lectures, £5 each or all 6 for £30.
Week 4. 2nd February: Designing the Century – The Life and Work of Geoffrey Jellicoe with Katie Campbell
Born in 1900, trained at the Architectural Association, Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe was one of the twentieth century’s foremost landscape and garden designers. Genial, eccentric and insatiably curious he drew his ideas from art, literature, religion, philosophy and psychology. Whether inspired by Giovanni Bellini’s C15 painting Progress of the Soul, John Bunyan’s C17 Pilgrim’s Progress, Carl Jung’s theory of archetypes or Paul Klee’s modern abstractions, Jellicoe’s designs were always elegant, unique and utterly intriguing. His work encompassed private, public, industrial and commercial landscapes, memorials, workers housing, roof gardens and water terraces. A writer and teacher as well as a practitioner, from his first book, Italian Gardens of the Renaissance, 1924 (with JC Shepherd) through his seminal 1975 The Landscape of Man, to his final 1995 Garden and Design, Jellicoe, who described his beloved profession as ‘the most comprehensive of the arts’, shaped Britain’s land and inspired her landscapists throughout his long life.
Katie Campbell is a writer and garden historian. She lectures widely, has taught at Birkbeck, Bristol and Buckingham universities; she writes for various publications and leads art and garden tours. Her recently published Cultivating the Renaissance (Routledge, 2022) examines how the Medici’s Tuscan villas reflect the changing ideas of the Renaissance. Earlier books include British Gardens in Time (Frances Lincoln, 2014) which accompanied the BBC television series, Paradise of Exiles (Frances Lincoln, 2009), which explores the Anglo- American garden-makers in late nineteenth century Florence, Policies and Pleasances: A Guide to Scotland’s Gardens (Barn Elms Publishing, 2007), and Icons of Twentieth Century Landscape Design (Frances Lincoln, 2006). She is currently working on ‘Virgil and the Bees’ a social history of beekeeping.
Image: Kennedy Memorial, Runnymede

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