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11 April 2019Historic Gardens of the Italian Lakes
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Historic Gardens of the Italian Lakes Steven Desmond Thursday 11 April 2019

There are many illustrious gardens on the shores of Lakes Como and Maggiore in the mountainous far north of Italy.  Those in this lecture include a 16th century parterre and water staircase; a baroque garden in the middle of a lake; two gardens made by rival Napoleonic grandees and a garden created by two Edwardian romantics as a theatre for sharing their love of art and nature.  These  and others are set in a climate ideal for garden making among some of the noblest scenery, where Wordsworth, Liszt and Bellini found inspiration achievements

Independent landscape consultant specialising in historic gardens and architecture since 1985; freelance lecturer, including Universities of Bristol and Oxford; specialist tour leader and lecturer in Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy. ADFAS lecture tour of Australia in 2010. Writer and broadcaster on historic gardens and related topics.

Steven Desmond’s book Gardens of the Italian Lakes, with photography by Marianne Majerus is published by Frances Lincoln.