Tuesday 10th - 8pm (Memorial Hall)

Dr Sarah Rutherford and Claire de Carle (Capability Brown)

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Chalfont Park is an eighteenth century country house, situated in the picturesque Misbourne valley, it was built in gothic style for Charles Churchill. The landscape was also created during this period when a survey was drawn up by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. The talk will examine his influence on the garden and compare it to other local sites where he is known to have worked. We shall also look at paintings by Turner and Girtin and photographs which show the development during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The garden was subsequently worked on by Brown's successors including Humphrey Repton and later Sir Edwin Lutyens. 

Also see: www.capabilitybrown.org/events

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Dr Sarah Rutherford is an enthusiastic garden historian and Kew-trained gardener with a passion for that Georgian landscape genius Lancelot '‘Capability' Brown.
Sarah will chat through the process of writing the book, discovering Brown and his world: following in his footsteps throughout England and Wales; making exciting discoveries about his designs; getting close to him through his family, places, letters, plans and design drawings; and how they fit so beautifully into the genius of each place.

Illustrated with many stunning images.


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Claire de Carle BA Hons Art/Design, MA Garden History (2014) RHS level 2 Horticulture, is an art and history graduate with a passion for gardens and gardening. She has visited numerous historic gardens at home and abroad in the last few years. In 2012 she enrolled on a research MA in garden history at the University of Buckingham. She enjoys writing about gardens and her dissertation subject was Maude Grieve (1856-1941) the herbalist, who lived locally to her in Chalfont St Peter, Bucks. Claire was an active member and chairman of her local garden club.

In 2012 she joined the Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust and has been involved in their project to Research and Recording historic gardens in the county from its inception in 2013. She has recently moved to Oakley on the Oxfordshire and Bucks border and is enjoying exploring the countryside and gardens in the area.