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 The Arts Society (NADFAS), 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.

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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

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