Past events

The Tate Talk

Monday 21st March 2016

Military Gardening - The Duke of Marlborough and his Generals


Almost 100 members and guests enjoyed Richard Wheeler's illustrated talk entitled 'Military Gardening - The Duke of Marlborough and his Generals'. Richard is the National Trust's expert on garden history and his informative talk started with Vanburgh's great palace at Blenheim entering through Hawksmoor's Triumphal Arch and the glorious 'Capability' Brown park with the bridge over the water. The talk took us to Rousham, the garden of General Dormer and through the unique eighteenth century landscape gardens planned by Bridgeman and later 'softened' by William Kent and on to Shotover, the gardens of General Tyrell.  Lying further afield we had a magnificent 'tour' of Lord Cobham's Stowe with the Palladian Bridge over the lake and the Temple of the British Worthies and on to Lord Orkney's Cliveden and Lord Cadogan's Caversham.  Even further afield we took in the Lumley family's Stanstead Park and the magnificent Lumley Castle.  

This informative Talk accompanied with excellent slides depicting gardens, temples, statuary and much more was one of the best we have had and elicited some interesting questions from the audience. Richard Wheeler is clearly a very knowledgeable lecturer and he gave us all a real feel for his subject matter.

The Gallery below shows pictures of Blenheim Palace, the garden, lake and landscape followed by the landscape garden at Rousham.


Words by Karen Moore. Pictures by David King.