July Talk

Paradise Lost  & Restored

400 Hundred Years of Garden Design in Oxfordshire through the lens of the Oxford Botanic Garden


The Oxford Botanic Garden was founded at the beginning of the 17th century and its design bears all the hallmarks of 17th century design. 



Through the next 400 years, successive Horti Praefecti (head gardeners) changed the features reflecting the art of gardening, and very occasionally the science of botany.   This talk looks at how the art of gardening has, or maybe has not changed, in four centuries in Oxfordshire, and how the Oxford Botanic Garden now reflects garden design at the beginning of the 21st century. 

The title of the talk refers to the fact that one of the motivations for garden design remains the desire to create paradise on Earth.  The meaning of paradise may now be less rooted in the Biblical account of the rise and fall of man, but there is still a clear vision of what we would like the world to resemble.  

Join former Director of the Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum, Timothy Walker in this fascinating online talk as he takes us through 400 years of gardening design history.

During his time in office, 1988 to 2014, the Garden won 4 gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show.  Since 2014 Timothy has been a College lecturer and tutor at Somerville College Oxford.

This talk will be LIVE and available online

Thursday 14th July at 7.30pm  Book your ticket here