Former resident of Shoreham and garden historian Sally Berkeley
made a welcome return to Shoreham to speak to at the Historical
Society Meeting on 21st June about Renaissance Gardens.
Sally traced the origins of the garden back to Roman villas with
their enclosed courtyards, followed by monastic cloisters, but
the main development of the formal garden took place in Renaissance
Italy and France, eventually arriving in England in Tudor times.
Little remains of any of the fine Renaissance gardens at Kenilworth,
Hampton Court and Knole.
Her talk was illustrated with pictures of gardens and their designs,
and included several in Kent, including Penshurst and Squerryes
Court, where the layout of the garden has been recreated following
the discovery of the original garden design.
Our next meeting is the Strawberry Tea on 14th July at the invitation
of Dr Bliss to her interesting garden at Badgers Mount, and members
should have already received an invitation.
The September meeting will be on 20th September when Nick Fothergill
will speak about the History of Chatham Dockyard.
This meeting will be followed on 2nd October with a coach visit
to Chatham Dockyard.