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 and Jackson Pollack evolved in parallel with ideas about what a garden or border should look like.
Timothy was the Director of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden from 1988 to 2014 and thereafter became a college lecturer and tutor in Botany and Plant Conservation at Somerville College, Oxford. Gardens are often thought of as places where science and art meet on equal terms and Timothy’s lectures often investigate this relationship. Botanic gardens are often described as living museums, and garden curators lecture about them in the same way as museum curators talk about their collections.
This lecture takes place via Zoom and in the hall. Open to Members and Guests.
Gade Valley is one of the longest standing member societies of The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) a leading educational arts charity. (www.theartssociety.org). It is a small, friendly society which meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month between October and July. Venue: Potten End Village Hall, near Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire. Its aim is to provide anyone with a specific or general interest in the arts with the opportunity to explore and develop this interest.
Members are offered an exciting and wide ranging programme of lectures, presented by highly knowledgeable experts. Lecturers are drawn from a pool of over 300 speakers, accredited by The Arts Society and who offer a choice of over 4,000 lecture subjects.
Please see our website https://theartssocietygadev.org.uk/ for details of our current programme.
We provide a free ‘taster’ session. If weather or other conditions require it, we also provide lectures via Zoom.