This talk will consider smaller gardens in London and its environs, with a focus mainly on the time of Hogarth and his contemporaries.
Small gardens, like the one at Hogarth’s House, have been rather neglected by historians, who have tended to explore the stories of grander and larger gardens in town and country. However, modest plots cultivated by less wealthy people are equally interesting. Some were used solely for growing vegetables and fruit, with just a few flowers for ornament, while others were entirely devoted to pleasure and entertainment, and some happily combined the usefulness of the productive garden with opportunities to enjoy outdoor spaces and gardening activities.
Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available to purchase at the bar before and after the event.
Dr Sally Jeffery is an architectural and garden historian. She lives in Chiswick and has been a Trustee of the William Hogarth Trust for a number of years. Sally was historian at the City of London and then helped to set up a Masters’ degree in garden history at Birkbeck (University of London). She now lectures on the MA Garden and Landscape History at the Institute of Historical Research and for The Gardens Trust, of which she is a Trustee. She enjoys researching and writing about the history of gardens large and small, particularly those of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Image: Watercolour of the garden, spring 1913 by Jessie Macgregor (1847-1919)