Since mid-March, the impact of coronavirus has become more serious and widespread. Our planned events and visits are inevitably affected, therefore the lecture and garden visits arranged from May until August have regrettably been postponed. Later events will be reviewed and bookings accepted when it safe to do so. We will post further news as soon as we are able.
A People’s Arcadia:
The Ian Hamilton Finlay Improvement Garden at Stockwood Park, Luton
Kate Harwood, Conservation and Planning Officer for Hertfordshire Gardens Trust
Sunday 24th January 2.30 pm
“In 1984, Luton Council commissioned Ian Hamilton Finlay of Little Sparta to design a garden at Stockwood Park. Finlay came up with six sculptural features set in a glade with strong links to Ovid, Greek Mythology and the English Landscape Garden. He designed it with the head gardener of Luton Council to be A People’s Arcadia, incorporating a sacred grove, many memento mori and several puns – all set in the echo of the 18th century landscape of the now demolished Stockwood House. It has recently been added to the Historic England Register at Grade II*. Talks are now underway to revitalize this garden.”
If you would like to join us, please contact Rosemary Jury (Bucks GT Chair & Events Planner) by Thursday 21st January, who will send you an invitation with the link for zoom. Contact: email@example.com
Donations are welcome via BAC’s for the Bucks Gardens Trust. Sort code 30-96-54 Account 00912179 . Payee Reference: Event, initial and surname please.