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Politics in the Garden: Development of the English Naturalistic Landscape Movement in the 17th Century

On Sunday, March 26, 2017, at the Kirby Arts Center at the Lawrenceville School, Peter Ham will talk about the extraordinary period in the second half of the 18th century that gave rise to the naturalistic English landscape garden style. This style was made famous by Charles Bridgman, William Kent, Lancelot "Capability" Brown and Humphrey Repton. The talk looks closely at key landscape gardens and focuses on the politics of the time that drove these style changes and led to interesting political messaging in certain well-known gardens. Mr. Ham will look at key Dutch, Italian and French gardens that set the stage for the English landscape movement and focus on several English estates that reflected the movement's development. The talk will be illustrated with some wonderful photos of the gardens!

Peter Ham was raised in France and England prior to attending Dartmouth College in the US. He has had a 30 year career in banking in NYC, Tokyo, Zurich and London and his interest in gardens and landscape gardens has been furthered by courses taken at Oxford University and the London College of Garden Design. Mr. Ham has his own company, Ham Landscape Gardens LLC where he designs and installs gardens for projects ranging from city gardens to country landscapes.


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