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This year marks the two hundredth anniversary of the death of Humphry Repton, England's first 'landscape gardener' and the creator of famous Red Books that illustrated 'before' and 'after' proposals for his clients. Most of the emphasis in research and writing on Repton has been on his design practices and influences, so this two-day conference will explore the often-overlooked aspects of Reptonian and late Georgian horticulture.

Held in the beautiful surroundings of Sheffield's Botanical Gardens, the conference will feature national and international experts on Repton, as well as a tour of the nearby Repton landscape at Wentworth Woodhouse, led by Patrick Eyres and Karen Lynch, authors of On the Spot: the Yorkshire Red Books of Humphry Repton, landscape gardener.

Planned sessions will include an introduction to Repton - his life, context and significance, by Peter Goodchild; Mark Laird on Repton’s distinctive horticulture at Woburn; Camilla Beresford on Repton’s use of trees and shrubs to conceal and reveal; Kate Felus on horticulture as recreation for Regency ladies; Mick Thompson on Repton’s development of the flower garden; Jon Finch on Repton’s use of colour; Jan Woudstra on Reptonian influences in Nash's planting at St James’ Park; Sarah Rutherford on the Historic England late Georgian hardy plant list; and Brent Elliott on two centuries of Repton's reputation.

The conference will appeal not just to Repton academics; it will be relevant to those who own and manage late Georgian gardens, researchers in the county gardens trusts, landscape architects involved in restoration projects, horticultural and garden history students, and anyone with an interest in plants and design in a historical context.

JULY UPDATE: We are now offering a limited number of places just for the second day of the conference. This will include a lecture at Sheffield Botanical Gardens on Repton's work at Wentworth Woodhouse, and a coach trip to Wentworth for a bespoke tour of the Repton elements of the landscape, lunch, and a private tour of the house.

We are grateful to the Yorkshire Gardens Trust for their sponsorship, which allows us to offer discounted student places at the conference, and for the generous grants from the Stanley Smith (UK) Horticultural Trust and the RHS Coke Trust Bursary Fund.

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The image at the top of the page is from Repton's Red Book for the gardens at Ashridge. Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.

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