RHS gold medal recipient George Carter is to give a lecture on the work and influence of Humphry Repton on behalf of the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society this Friday.
Repton (1752-1818) was the most prolific landscape gardener (a term he invented) of his era and we know of around 350 places at which he was consulted.
His main legacy and influence, however, is through his published works, in which he expounds his ideas with great lucidity. They consist of four main titles published between 1795 and 1814.
They have inspired several generations of landscape designers and their content is still as valid today as it was in his own era.
Mr Carter has been practising as a garden and landscape designer since 1988 and this lecture describes his debt to Repton. He co-organised the first exhibition about Repton at the V & A and Sainsbury Centre, Norwich in 1981.
His new book ‘Setting the Scene’is due for publication in 2018 to commemorate the bi-centenary of Repton’s death. Repton’s plans, though often devised for large establishments on hundreds of acres, are eminently adaptable to today’s reduced scale.
In this lecture, Mr Carter illustrates some of his own work and describes how Repton’s cogent and inspiring ideas of 200 years earlier can still be applied.
His 2015 book, ‘Garden Magic’, photographed in his own Norfolk garden, will be on sale, priced at £25.
Mr Carter’s recent work, which will be illustrated in the lecture, includes: The Royal Hospital, Chelsea’s new South Terrace, Lord Heseltine’s garden in Oxfordshire and the revived parterre garden at Somerleyton, Suffolk.
The lecture takes place at the Spalding Grammar School at 8pm. Entry is £2.50.