Our July garden lecture series, Saturday, July 14th, features Lindy Cummings, Tryon Palace Research Historian, discussing “Old Worlds into New: How the Flora of the Americas Transformed English Gardens.”
The symmetrical balance and restrained formalism of French gardens had taken the gardening world by storm in the seventeenth century, but the eighteenth century belonged to the English landscape garden. The backbone of this new design style was the tremendous influx of trees, shrubs and flowering plants from the Americas and across the globe. This presentation will look at how the flora of the Americas gave rise to new scientific thought, classification systems, and especially the transformation of English gardens. From Eliza Lucas Pinckney’s experimental agriculture in South Carolina to John Bartram’s plant foraging trips, Americans fostered transatlantic connections that transformed the gardens and landscapes of the Old World.
This lecture is free and begins at 10 a.m. in Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center.
Image: Mark Catesby, illustration of yellow jessamine and the blackcap flycatcher from Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands,. Tryon Palace Collection.