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 book reviews.

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Each issue contains

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


From the Winter 2019/2020 issue

Flower Power
 

The soft energy of plants can be turned into a potent symbol of political authority.

By Richard Mawrey
Addressing the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom the other day, I was struck by the magnificence of the surroundings. The court sits in a somewhat undistinguished building of 1913 glowering at the Houses of Parliament across Parliament Square, and I had remembered it as a lacklustre criminal court and, before that, as the headquarters of Middlesex County Council. When the Supreme Court was created in 2009 to replace the House of Lords as the UK’s highest court, the building was refitted, at vast expense, to be its new home.
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From the Winter 2019/2020 issue


"To Cheer the Hearts"

The first Englishman to call himself a landscape designer has inspired a multicultural historic garden adventure.

By Linden Groves

English landscape gardener Humphry Repton urged “For the honour of the Country, let the Parks and Pleasure-grounds of England be ever open, to cheer the hearts and delight the eyes of all, who have taste to enjoy the beauties of Nature.” This statement, in his Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening (1816), can be read in many ways, but at its heart is a call-to-arms to do away with boundaries, divisions and distinctions, and simply to share an enjoyment of what parks and gardens have to offer.


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The Historic Gardens Foundation celebrates its quarter-centenary

February 2020 mark 25 years since the Historic Gardens Foundation (HGF) was set up as an international heritage charity. The HGF's founder Gillian Mawrey has served as Chairman throughout and as editor of Historic Gardens Review, which has been continuously  published since December 1995 and 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 in 2015 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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