Over the past two months we have enjoyed a series of lectures and two garden visits hosted by the author Louise Wickham. The course was an interesting overview of Georgian gardens and their impact on the British landscape.
There were two garden visits, the first to Studley Royal, the magnificent formal eighteenth century water garden and the second to Hackfall, a romantic woodland garden. Situated in North Yorkshire in Ripon and Grewelthorpe respectively, both gardens were owned by the Aislabie family. However, they couldn’t be more different in atmosphere, Hackfall being wild and sylvan and Studley Royal formal and stately. They represent two different faces of the eighteenth century landscape garden fashion.
Louise has a forthcoming publication: ‘Gardens In History: A Political Perspective’ which is available from the 31st of May 2012, published by Windgather Press.
To see pictures of both Hackfall and Studley Royal please click on our Flickr link at the bottom of the page. There are also web links to both gardens on our ‘links’ page below.