Event No. 13: “A history of Indian gardens = a two-way trade”. Talk by Christine Stones

Date(s) - 29 July, 2019
7:30 pm

Sezingcote House, Glos.

Sezingcote House, Glos.

This talk will look at all the influences on the gardens in India including the Raj period where for many, the aim of their garden was to recreate a little bit of England on the sub-continent. Similarly, there are many gardens in England which have been influenced by India. Sezincote in the Cotswolds was created in 1805 by an East India Company official – a visit there by the Prince Regent in 1807 reportedly inspired the Indian elements of his Royal Pavilion at Brighton. Among other examples are Shute House with its famous Mughal-inspired rill, and the Larmer Tree Gardens with its Indian Room.

Christine will talk about the changes at the Taj Mahal over the years, the gardens of princes and those of the harem with their swing gardens, as well as the treasures plant hunters brought back to Europe such as azaleas and rhododendrons. She will also explain how Indian gardens inspired interior design from carpets to wallpaper.

In 2017 Christine gave us a talk on “The Gardens of the First World War”. She has a background in broadcasting, having worked for the BBC as a producer and a presenter before turning to the academic world. In 2004 she gained a Masters’ degree with Commendation in Garden History.

This is an evening talk


Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury DT1 3GW (free parking is available in the vicinity of the hall)
Bus No.6 from Dorchester and bus No. 10 from Weymouth and Dorchester both stop close to the hall

Cost:  Members £3.00 Non-NTSDA members £4.00

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Brownsword Hall
Pummery Square

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