Paradise Lost: Reflections on the Evolution and Decline of Great Gardens & Designed Landscapes

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Robert Gordon University
Garthdee Road
AB10 7GJ

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Heritage Garden Consultant Robert Grant delivers this lecture on the evolution of Scottish gardens throughout history.

In this lecture Robert Grant (Heritage Garden Consultant) will look at the influences that have shaped gardens over the centuries leading to the early development of gardens in Scotland from the earliest in c1165 through to the present day. He will celebrate the successes and wonderful creations of land owners and garden makers and reflect on both the loss of the country house in Scotland in general and their gardens and designed landscapes in particular.

A couple of notable examples from Aberdeenshire will be assessed in detail, as well as considering the revival of a few special places where dedicated individuals have committed to create their own new versions of paradise.

Robert Grant is a horticulturist with over 38 years’ experience and has a special interest in the management of historic gardens & designed landscapes. He has produced conservation plans, management plans, garden schedules, work plans & minimum standards statements, restoration proposals, heritage impact assessments, statements of significance and historic landscape studies for many nationally important and locally valued sites across Scotland for professional and personal interest.


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