Less is More in the Garden
The Arts Society Wensleydale Lecture
Landscape architect and garden historian Marilyn Elm explores the origin of the Modernist style of garden design in a talk for The Arts Society Wensleydale on Tuesday 12th February at 2pm in the Middleham Key Centre. The approach emerged in Europe and the USA in the 1920’s based on both developments in Fine Art and the Bauhaus design principle of integrating form with function. This rejected the idea of decoration and emphasised the amalgamation of house and garden as a single living space. Gardens echoed the geometric forms of the house, while planting was economical and low maintenance with an emphasis on grasses, specimen plants and contrasting materials.
In the UK, Gertrude Jekyll’s partnership with architect Edwin Lutyens resulted in the Arts and Crafts movement remaining a strong tradition in the relationship of house to garden. Some Modernist designs appeared in the 1930’s but it was the 1951 Festival of Britain that heralded its emergence. This talk explores the catalysts for the Modernist style that has found expression in garden making ever since.
Chris A Whittaker