SOLD OUT April 16, 2019 Distinguished Speaker Series: Mark Laird on Allées and Theatrical Arrangements in English Gardens, 1740-1840: Painshill, Strawberry Hill, and Wrest Park

April 16, 2019

On Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 6 pm at the Gibbes Museum Mark Laird, renown historic landscape conservationist speaks as part of the Drayton Hall Distinguished Speaker Series. His discussion will be Allées and Theatrical Arrangements in English Gardens, 1740-1840: Painshill, Strawberry Hill, and Wrest Park. 

Mark Laird is Associate Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, and has a consultancy in hsistoric landscape conservation with bases in Toronto and the UK. Prior to his appointment in 2016, he was for fifteen years Senior Lecturer in the History of Landscape Architecture at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. He has been a research fellow at Chelsea Physic Garden, London, and twice a fellow, then senior fellow, at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC. He has published and lectured in Europe and North America.

His research on eighteenth-century planting in English pleasure grounds was published, with his watercolour reconstruction drawings, in The Flowering of the Landscape Garden (1999). He co-edited Mrs. Delany & Her Circle (2009) for exhibitions at the Yale Center for British Art and the Soane Museum. His most recent book is A Natural History of English Gardening 1650-1800 (2015).

As a consultant, he has advised on sites in Europe and North America: Hestercombe, Gibside, Wrest Park, and Strawberry Hill in England; Fürst-Pückler-Park in Germany; the Belvedere Garten in Austria; the Halifax Public Gardens, Grange Park, and Allan Gardens in Canada; and Vimy Ridge in France. For replanting work at Painshill Park, England, where he is an Associate Director, he was a joint recipient of a 1998 Europa Nostra medal.

Mark Laird’s lecture is free to all. The reception is  $10 members and $20 for non-members. No door admittance can be accommodated, please  RSVP HERE TO ATTEND.

This lecture is made possible by a grant from South Carolina Humanities.

This reception has been made possible by a donation of the Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, SC.