The Arts Society Wensleydale: More is Less in the Garden
Middleham Key Centre | Park Lane | DL8 4RA
February 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Landscape architect and garden historian Marilyn Elm explores the origin of the Modernist style of garden design. The approach emerged in Europe and the USA in the 1920’s based on developments in 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 the Gertrude Jekyll’s partnership with architect Edwin Lutyens meant that Arts and Crafts movement remained a strong tradition in the relationship of house and 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.