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Celebrating Humphry Repton in 2018

Call for volunteers


Following on from the ‘Capability’ Brown Festival which was held in 2016, a number of organisations, including County Garden Trusts, such as YGT, are planning events for 2018 to celebrate the life and work of Brown’s professional successor, Humphry Repton (1752-1818).

Repton designed gardens as well as landscapes. He was equally interested in both. Unlike Brown, he wrote extensively about the theory and practice of landscape gardening and much more is known about him as a person and his wider interests. Repton is often remembered for the illustrated reports or ‘Red Books’, that he prepared for his clients to set out and explain his proposals. These included views, which by means of a flap (he called it a ‘slide’), showed scenes at the place in question, with and without his suggested improvements.

During Repton’s lifetime a fashion had set in for the gardens between a mansion and its park to be replaced by plain lawns. The purpose of this was to emphasise the link between the mansion and the wider landscape and make it look as if the mansion was situated directly in the landscape without an intervening garden. By bringing the ornamental garden back to this prominent location between the mansion and the landscape, Repton led the reversal of this fashion and re-established the idea of the garden being an important extension of the domestic realm of the house and a transitional area between home life and the wider landscape.

GARLAND (The Garden and Landscape Heritage Trust) which is an independent organisation, based in York, has been asked by The North of England Horticultural Society (organisers of the Harrogate Spring and Autumn Flower Shows) to prepare an exhibition about Repton with special reference to Yorkshire and The North. The idea is that it will be shown first at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show in April 2018 and thereafter at other locations during the year.

I (Peter Goodchild) am currently in the process of planning this exhibition and would be very pleased to hear from anyone who might be interested in helping with it. There is, however, only a limited budget for it. My contact details are given at the end of this notice.

The 3 main periods during which help is needed are:
* From September 2017 to March 2018
* During April 2018
* From May to November 2018

The different kinds of help are that needed are in connection with the following:

From September 2017 - March 2018:

  • collecting images for incorporation into the exhibition*.
  • organizing power-point presentations relating to the exhibition.

*This might include such things as:

  • taking digital images of items for the exhibition.
  • locating and ordering copies of digital images for the exhibition.
  • obtaining, where necessary, permissions to reproduce images and copyright permissions.

During April 2018:

  • setting up the exhibition at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show in April.
  • being an attendant while the exhibition is on display at the Flower Show.
  • taking down the exhibition and taking it to temporary storage.
  • organizing and helping to host a reception at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

May to November 2018:

  • transporting and setting up the exhibition at other locations.
  • dismantling and taking the exhibition back to temporary storage or on to the next

My contact details are:
Peter Goodchild, 14 Buckingham Court, Bishophill Senior, York YO1 6EQ
E-mail: peter.goodchild [at]
Tel: 01904 654 678

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