SPEAKER: Linda A. Chisholm
New York Botanical Garden
In writing about gardens, Jane Austen was joining company with her writer-predecessors. The 18th was the century of gardens and the great writers—Pope, Johnson, Goldsmith, Walpole, and Swift among others—freely expressed their opinions about garden and landscape designs, their origins, meaning, and esthetic worth. Using slides of English gardens and quoting from some of Jane’s contemporaries, Linda Chisholm will describe the revolutionary changes in garden design in the 18th and early 19th centuries and explain the social and political ideas that inspired them.
Linda Chisholm, Ph.D., Columbia University, teaches the history of landscape design at the New York Botanical Garden. She is a historian whose special interest is in 18th-century English landscape design. Her former career in international education enabled her to visit many of the world’s great gardens.