Lecture: ‘That small garden which will yield me some sweet flowers’: The seventeenth century gardens of Sir Thomas Temple of Burton Dassett, Warwickshire. – Dr. Jill Francis.
March 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm| £3 – £4
Researching the gardens of the early seventeenth century has a number of inherent difficulties, the main one of which is that almost no gardens remain from this period, the vast majority having disappeared altogether or been subject to such change and renovation over the centuries that little or nothing remains of their original state. This is what makes the discovery of the material relating to the garden of Sir Thomas Temple at Burton Dassett so exciting and interesting: here at last is a comprehensive body of evidence which offers a glimpse of an actual garden, created and maintained by Sir Thomas Temple with the help of his estate steward Harry Rose and his gardener, Richard of Weston. This talk will examine this garden in detail, as well as considering it within the context of other notable gardens of the period.
Jill Francis is author of the recently published Gardens and Gardening in Early Modern England and Wales (Yale, 2018).