A course presented by Caroline Holmes which examines four contrasting artists, their personal gardens, and landscapes. Starting with ‘Capability’ Brown’s contemporary Gainsborough; his childhood garden, portraits and landscapes. The politics and passion of Arts and Crafts is encapsulated by William and May Morris at Red House and Kelmscott Manor. Winston Churchill appreciated the military landscaping of water at Chartwell and the peace of his studio. Lastly, Artist Plantsman Cedric Morris took consummate botany into expressionist flower paintings with a dash of surrealism and cubism.

Caroline Holmes is an experienced and accomplished lecturer working for a wide range of organisations including leading tour and cruise operators. She is also a Course Director for the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education including this year’s Virtual Summer Festival of Learning 2020. Her own gardens are open to the public and have featured in many magazine articles and on television in both Britain and Japan. She is author of 11 books including a comprehensive history of Water Lilies published in 2015. For more information about Caroline see her website here.


Image: By Thomas Gainsborough Mr and Mrs Andrews (c.1750, detail) The National Gallery, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18572767