Lectures are in the Play House: 10.45 for morning members: 13.30 for afternoon members.

Thursday 21 March 2019

Steven Desmond

Historic Gardens of the Italian lakes

There are many illustrious gardens on the shores of Lakes Como and Maggiore in the mountainous far north of Italy. In this lecture we learn about many different gardens such as Villa Ciicogna Mozzoni with its 16th century parterre and water staircase, Isola Bella,a baroque extravaganza on an island in the middle of an alpine lake and Villa San Remigio, a garden created by two Edwardian lovers. Wordsworth, Shelley, Liszt and Bellini found inspiration from this scenery.


Steven Desmond M.A. FIHort  FLS

Steven is a chartered horticulturist with a special interest in the historic gardens of Britain and Europe. He has a long and varied career during which he has been a professional gardener, lecturer, adviser, examiner and consultant. He now divides his time between writing for Country Life and leading garden tours across Britain and Europe.