Friends Event 1 | Jim Bartos | The Ornamental Wilderness in the English Garden

This book was published in 2022 by Unicorn and covers a fascinating subject in garden history. While today we may think of a wilderness as a wild place, unspoiled by human intervention, in the 17th and 18th centuries a garden wilderness referred to a highly cultivated part of a formal garden, a place bounded by trees or high hedges with paths and occasional cultural delights within – statues, fountains or a summer house in the classical style. In its mature form, the wilderness constituted most of the garden and the setting in which all other features were placed. The wilderness was shady and private, a place for retreat as well as social activity, with an apparent naturalness achieved through artifice. Jim’s illustrated talk explores the design and development of the English garden wilderness and its importance in the 17th and 18th century.

Tickets £30 OR £20 for Friends 

This price includes both, talks and tea

Tickets can be purchased through
the Bridport Information Centre 01308 424901

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When: Monday 20th Feb 2023 @ 2.30pm
Where: The Bull Ballroom


Jim Bartos was awarded a PhD in Garden History from Bristol University in 2014. From 2015 to 2020 he was Chairman of the Gardens Trust, a national charity devoted to the conservation of historic parks and gardens in England. He has published in the journals Garden History and Die Gartenkunst. Over the past 25 years he has created a new garden in Dorset.

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