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Historic Gardens of the Italian Lakes Steven Desmond Tuesday 09 July 2019

There are many illustrious gardens on the shores of Lakes Como and Maggiore in the mountainous far north of Italy. Those included in this lecture include a 16th-century parterre and water staircase, a baroque garden in the middle of a lake, two gardens made by rival Napoleonic grandees, and a garden created by two Edwardian romantics as a theatre for sharing their love of art and nature. These achievements and others are set in a climate ideal for garden-making among some of the world’s noblest scenery, where Wordsworth, Liszt and Bellini found inspiration. It could work for you.


Steven Desmond has been an independent landscape consultant specialising in historic gardens and architecture since 1985 as well as a freelance lecturer and specialist tour leader in Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy. He is a writer and broadcaster on historic gardens and related topics.