Please note that all these gardens are in private ownership and therefore are not open to the public.
The artists have been placed into two groups, an ‘A’ and a ‘B’ list.
Those in the ‘A’ group had the greater connections with their gardens and lived in the county for longer periods. The ‘B’ group includes those who were more transient and may not have been greatly influenced by their gardens.
The gardens are listed alphabetically by the predominant artist’s surname: in some cases more than one artist lived at the house, in some cases their partners were also artists. Some of the artists moved houses and these are then listed in chronological order (apart from John Nash, who appears in two reports).
There then follows a brief description of the artist’s life and career, where they studied, what type of media they worked in. The house includes a description of the building and the location in Bucks. The garden is where possible described using primary sources, paintings (a number of which are held by the Buckinghamshire County Museum collection), historic OS maps (available on the National Library of Scotland website) and Buckinghamshire Council’s Heritage Portal. Other resources are listed in the references at the end of the reports.
The last three sections look at the artists as gardeners, their inspiration from their garden(s) and their significance to Buckinghamshire.
Where possible we have tried to include current images of the house, and gardens, and we have also used images from the internet. We have permission to use images in the collection of the Buckinghamshire County Museum. However, many of the paintings are in private collections and large galleries, so as it would be prohibitively expensive for us to acquire licences to use them we have included links to websites where the artist’s work can be viewed.
Claire de Carle – Project leader; Clare Butler – Editor, researcher and administrator
Mary Buckle, Gill Grocott, Geoff Huntingford, Sheila Meekums, Gwen Miles, Joanne Mirzoeff, Sarah Tricks