In April 2006 the Surrey Gardens Trust, in association with the Garden
History Society, hosted a conference at Wotton House to celebrate the
tercentenary of the death of John Evelyn (1620-1706). In this book we
publish the papers presented at the conference by eminent Evelyn scholars.
Darley sets Evelyn in context; Sally
Jeffery writes of his travels in France and Italy and
the influence they had on his future ideas; Frances
Harris shows that Wotton fostered his passion for trees
and the Surrey landscape but casts doubt on Evelyn's involvement in the
design of the garden; Douglas
Chambers tells of his interest in the contemporary concept
of Nature; Maggie
Campbell-Culver discusses Evelyn's best known publication,
Laird considers how man can control the environment with
a greenhouse and his vulnerability in the light of the Great Storm of
Brandon tells how Evelyn's grandson and heir created much
of Surrey's wooded landscape; and Mavis
Batey's masterly summing-up evaluates his influence at
the start of the English Landscape Gardening movement. The book is copiously
illustrated with contemporary drawings, engravings and paintings, including
tree portraits from the later editions of Sylva.
A Celebration of John Evelyn, edited by Mavis
Batey, is published by the Surrey Gardens Trust and costs £15 plus postage
and packing (see order form). It has 206 pages, 160 illustrations, many
of them in colour. ISBN 978-0-9540630-2-3.
For an order form, click here.