Lecture: Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, Gardens Adviser to Historic Royal Palaces and President of the London Parks and Gardens Trust on “Keeping up the Royal Gardens”

Please join us at the latest lecture in the LPGT’s Winter Lecture Series 2019-20 where we will be joined by Gardens Adviser to Historic Royal Palaces and President of the London Parks and Gardens Trust, Todd Longstaffe-Gowan.

Todd’s talk will focus on “Keeping up the Royal Gardens” and will cover recent and ongoing landscape initiatives at the Royal Palaces.

Few British landscapes are so rich in historical associations, or have been so celebrated and admired, as Hampton Court; and fewer can boast gardens so varied and numerous – from complex parterres to miles of grand and venerable avenues –comprehensively charting five centuries of landscape change. Though less extensive and outwardly magnificent than Hampton Court, the gardens at Kensington Palace are equally distinguished and diverse: for over three centuries this royal estate has been the home to kings and queens, and its buildings and gardens have been shaped by some of the country’s pre-eminent architects and gardeners.

Todd will discuss his role as Gardens Adviser to Historic Royal Palaces and talk about some of the dramatic landscape improvements which have taken place at both royal estates in recent years. These include the redevelopment of the King’s Privy Garden, the replanting of the Long Water Avenue (est.1662), the re-establishment of the Lower Orangery Garden and the re-forming of the New Kitchen Garden. He will also take a look at future plans, including the refurbishment of the c17th Wilderness Garden at Hampton Court and the re-presentation of the Orangery Lawn at Kensington Palace.

Since entering private practice in 1990 Todd has advised on a number of public and private historic landscapes. He has developed and implemented long-term landscape management plans for the National Trust, English Heritage and a wide range of private owners in the UK and abroad.

He recently created and implemented a new garden in Chapel Court at Hampton Court Palace (for Historic Royal Palaces) to mark the 500th anniversary of King Henry VIII’s accession to the Throne and completed the redesign of Kensington Palace Gardens to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen.

Todd holds a variety of advisory roles including Gardens Adviser to Historic Royal Palaces (with responsibilities at five Royal Palaces in Greater London); and founder member and President of the London Parks & Gardens Trust. He lectures widely on landscape history and design both in Britain and abroad, is a lecturer on the MA course in Historical and Sustainable Architecture at New York University, and contributes regularly to a range of publications

We do hope you are able to join us for what will be an interesting and informative lecture.

As with all our lectures lectures it will take place from 7 to 8pm on a Monday evening, in this case Monday 13th of January. Doors open 6.30pm if you would like to join us for a glass of wine beforehand

The lecture will be held at The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street London EC1M 6EL via the entrance through courtyard to far end and down the stairs.

Tickets are £10 for LPGT members and £12 for non-members which includes a glass of wine. Tickets can be purchased from https://londonparksandgardens.eventcube.io/events/19428/keeping-up-the-royal-gardens