An exciting programme of events starts 28 April

Garden Museum celebrates green roofs and pleasure gardens

On 3 June, the Garden Museum and American Embassy will present Green Roof Avant Garde with Karla Dakin, a symposium surveying international avant garde practice in green roof design, horticulture, ecology and growing cultural significance.

Topics covered will include a global survey of emerging practices in green roofs as featured in speaker Dakin’s recently published book, The Professional Design Guide to Green Roofs.

The event promises to explore urban ecology and green roofs with fellow speaker Dusty Gedge; green roofs as cultural experiences, and the latest US research on green roof horticulture. Click here for more information.

A second Garden Museum event, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens Symposium, on 17 June, looks at how these now-vanished gardens can inspire public space in the 21st century.

In 18th century London the entrepreneur Jonathan Tyers conjured up pleasure gardens which were a phenomenon of the age: a stage for contemporary art and music, a place of gluttony, flirtation and fantasy, and a place in which aristocrats and celebrities mixed with the middle-classes for the first time.

Described as an ‘18th century High Line’, a place to ‘see and be seen’, pleasure gardens demonstrate an alternative model for parkland to that of the now ubiquitous Victorian park.

During this one-day symposium speakers from diverse fields will investigate how historic pleasure gardens can provoke and influence contemporary approaches to the use of shared urban green space. Click here for more information on this event. NB. LI members can book places at both events at Garden Museum Friends’ reduced rates.


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