James Bolton Garden History Lectures

historyOver 20 years ago I was the Faculty Director for Design History at the Inchbald School of Design and since then I have lectured extensively for NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies), the NACF (National Arts Collections Fund), The Oxford Italian Association and other groups.

I specialise in garden history in England from 1600 and history of French and Italian gardens.

I am always happy to discuss creating a bespoke lecture for a particular occasion.

I have listed here my current lecture titles

Romans and Roses: A Tour of Italian Gardens from Hadrian’s Villa to the 20th Century Gardens at Ninfa

Pomp and Grandeur:  The Gardens of the Stuart Court

Parterre and Wilderness: English Gardens of the late 17th Century

All Nature is a Garden: William Kent and the Birth of the English Landscape Movement

The Grand Tour: The Perils and Pleasures of the 18th Century Traveller’s Journey to Italy

From Vanbrugh to Repton: The Eighteenth Century and the English Landscape Gardens

From the Picturesque to Paxton: The Changing Style of Gardens in the early 19th Century

The Life and Work of Sir Joseph Paxton: Bestriding the World like a Colossus

An Ideal Partnership: Lutyens and Jekyll

Twentieth Century English Gardens

Twentieth Century Women Gardeners

After Miss Jekyll English Gardens of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries

Please contact me using the details below or on the Contact page if you would like more information.