A Global Perspective on Garden Heritage

HISTORIC GARDENS REVIEW is the journal of the Historic Gardens Foundation. Through the Review we work to bring together lovers of historic parks and gardens across the world. It provides a portal for the views of enthusiasts, campaigners and professionals alike and is a leading voice in championing the cause of our garden heritage.

Through feature articles and frank commentary on the experiences of garden visitors, we promote high standards of conservation, celebrate successful restorations and campaign on behalf of sites that are threatened by development or neglect.


What Do We Cover?

We cover historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes worldwide. Every country has a garden heritage and we aim to celebrate it. Alongside articles on famous gardens, we also specialise in finding the out-of-the-way garden, often in a country that may not realise that it even has a garden heritage. All aspects are covered: the history of gardens and their creators, modern restorations and modern disasters, the challenges of maintaining and presenting gardens and the views and controversies of professionals and amateurs alike.


Historic Gardens Review

The magazine comes out twice a year and, between issues, subscribers are kept up to date with e-newsletters packed with news, events and (from summer 2017) book reviews.

Each issue contains

  • Viewpoint
  • 4 or 5 feature articles
  • Anniversary
  • Optimist (the good news)
  • Pessimist (the bad news)
  • Garden review
  • Flying visits

Why Not See For Yourself?

Enjoy a sample issue of the Review or one of our Newsletters.

From the February 2017 issue

Ubiquity Brown?

John Dixon Hunt, Emeritus Professor of the History & Theory of Landscape at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, argues that there are still questions to be asked about 'Capability' Brown's legacy.

After the recent ICOMOS Conference on ‘Capability’ Brown a contributor to its talks and discussions wrote to me that “we didn’t talk enough about Brown”. It was, to a large extent, a fair comment, though the focus of the conference, held in Bath last September, was, as its sub-title proclaimed, ‘Perception and Response in a Global Context’. That seemed to mean tracking Brown’s work and/or reputation in foreign lands as much as in England, except that ‘global context’, especially in the framework of ICOMOS (whose acronym, after all, stands for The International Council on Monuments and Sites), suggested an enquiry into how Brown might contribute to a global understanding of landscape.

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The Historic Gardens Foundation is 20 Years Old

In 2016 the Historic Gardens Foundation (HGF) celebrated 20 years of promoting and protecting the world's historic parks and gardens. Although small, the charity packs a powerful punch through its magazine, Historic Gardens Review, which is distributed around the world.
   The HGF fights tirelessly to preserve historic gardens at risk and to raise public awareness of their importance; but none of this work would be possible without the 
support and encouragement of our subscribers and the efforts of the many contributors who freely offer their time and expertise. 
   To celebrate the Foundation’s 20th birthday, Whichford Pottery produced an elegant terracotta flowerpot, which bears the charity’s logo. Twenty per cent of all sales will be donated to the Foundation.
   Do buy a pot and please keep subscribing! www.whichfordpottery.com

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