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THE SUBTLE SCIENCE AND EXACT ART OF COLOUR IN ENGLISH GARDEN DESIGN

Timothy Walker

Wednesday 21st July 2021

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For the time being, all Lectures shown in this web site will be available only by Zoom. The Society plans to reintroduce “real” Lectures again at the newly renovated Ludlow Assembly Rooms at the start of the next Season in September 2021. One week before each Zoom Lecture, all paid up Members and Guests who have paid the Guest Fee will receive an email giving full instructions on how to access it. A reminder email will be sent the day before the Lecture. General information on accessing Zoom Lectures is given in the ASTV Guide to the use of Zoom which is now available in the Documents tab of this web site. Lectures start at 2.15pm.

THE SUBTLE SCIENCE AND EXACT ART OF COLOUR IN ENGLISH GARDEN DESIGN—why gardening can rank as a fine art

                                                           

 

In 1882 Gertrude Jekyll wrote a short but seminal article in The Garden in which she urged the readers to “remember that in a garden we are painting a picture”.  As an accomplished watercolour artist, Miss Jekyll was familiar with the principles of using colours, but she felt that in gardens these principles “had been greatly neglected”.  This talk looks at how to apply these principles in designing a border, but it also looks at the ways in which a border is different from a painting.  However, it goes further than this and looks at how contemporary work of the likes of Turner, Monet, Rothko, Jackson Pollack evolved in parallel with ideas about what a garden or border should look like.

Timothy Walker was director of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden from 1988 to 2014 and since 2014 he has been a lecturer and tutor in Plant Sciences at Somerville College Oxford.

Review by Ann Marriott of “THE SUBTLE SCIENCE AND EXACT ART OF COLOUR IN ENGLISH GARDEN DESIGN”

Lecture on Zoom by Timothy Walker on 21 June 2021

 

The lecturer blew our minds with wonderful pictures of beautiful flowers in many colours. He showed how the colours vary in different lighting conditions. He quoted Gertrude Jekyll who advocated using harmonious colour schemes for planting. She conceded that an accent of contrasting colour may work. This was an excellent lecture which made us think about our own gardens.