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Humphry Repton’s Red Books

Submitted by on April 6, 2015 – 8:36 amNo Comment

repton_red-bookFor Road Trips Gardeners heading across the pond this month, there’s a special event at the Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London, England.

An exploration of the history of the Red Books of Humphry Repton (1752-1818), a landscape gardener of the Georgian Period, is set for 6:30 p.m. April 13, 2015.

One of Repton’s Red Books is now on long term loan to the museum’s collection. Repton created designs for the Mayor of Norfolk as well as the Dukes of Portland and Bedford. He published extensively on his landscape work and gained renown for his trademark Red Books which contained detailed design proposals for his clients’ grounds. Repton’s Red Books serve as invaluable pieces of garden design history, emphasising the artistry with which landscape designers approach their practice, and providing fascinating insights into evolving trends and tastes within garden design.

At the event, cultural geographer and author of Humphry Repton: Landscape Gardening and the Geography of Georgian England (Yale University Press, 1999), Professor Stephen Daniels will begin the evening by introducing Repton and the story of this Red Book. Following this, gardener and historian Todd Longstaffe Gowan and garden designer and writer George Carter will each take a passage from the Sundridge Red Book and share how Repton and his innovative ideas have influenced their own practices.

Tickets are £20.

(Photo courtesy of the Garden Museum)

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