The Enduring History of the American Garden with Dr. Toby Musgrave

The Enduring History of the American Garden with Dr. Toby Musgrave


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Join garden historian and author Dr. Toby Musgrave on a ‘Grand Tour’ showcasing America’s great and inspiring gardens, revealing their diversity and richness, and exploring their contribution to global garden art.

Take a geographical tour and visit a diversity of America’s wonderful gardens made in a variety of climates across the country, each of which is open to the public and may be visited and experienced in person. From the cool eastern seaboard to the tropical southeast, from balmy California to the mild, wet Pacific Northwest, we will explore some of America's most iconic gardens and reveal in broad terms the evolution of American garden design.

From early Colonial gardens on the East Coast and Mission gardens in California to English Landscape-style gardens and French Baroque-influenced antebellum plantation gardens. From there, onwards to the opulence of the Country Place Era gardens and we'll conclude with a look at Modern and contemporary American styles.

Gardens featured include Biltmore, Chanticleer, Colonial Williamsburg, Dumbarton Oaks, El Novillero, Filoli, the Getty Villa, Hollister House, the Huntington Library, Innisfree, J. Irwin House and Garden, Longue Vue, Longwood, Lotusland, Middleton Place, Monticello, Mount Vernon, Naumkeag, Rosedown Plantation, Santa Barbara Mission, Sunnylands, the Untermyer garden, Wave Hill and Windcliff.

Led by an expert on gardens and garden history, Dr. Toby Musgrave, this interactive seminar will showcase and celebrate America’s great and inspiring gardens. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with increased knowledge and understanding of America’s great garden heritage.

Dr Toby Musgrave is a foremost authority on the subjects of garden and plant history and design, about which he has authored or co-authored 18 books. Most recently The Garden: Elements and Styles and The Multifarious Mr. Banks. He is part-time Faculty Lecturer at the Danish Institute of Studies Abroad in his adopted country, Denmark, where he teaches American study abroad students. Between semesters he works as a gardens tour leader and as a lecturer aboard small, expedition cruise ships. Additionally, he acts as a consultant to various garden restoration projects and has written numerous articles for a range of magazines and newspapers including The Garden, Gardens Illustrated, The English Garden, Country Life, The TImes, The Telegraph, Haven and Jyllands Posten. His own garden is one of the de Runde Haver and for more information about Toby and his work please visit www.TobyMusgrave.com.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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