September 2019

Historic Gardens of the Italian Lakes

Welcome to The Arts Society Uckfield, Lewes & Newick
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 14:30
Weald Hall
Uckfield Civic Centre Uckfield TN22 1AE

The illustrious gardens on Lakes Como and Maggiore in Northern Italy

Join us to hear about a 16th century parterre and water staircase, a baroque garden in the middle of a lake, two gardens created by grandee Napoleonic rivals and a garden shared by two Edwardian romantics as a theatre for sharing their love of art and nature.

Wordsworth, Liszt and Bellini found inspiration in these gardens set in an ideal climate among some of the world’s noblest scenery.


Mr Steven Desmond

Independent landscape consultant specialising in historic gardens and architecture since 1985; freelance lecturer, including Universities of Bristol and Oxford; specialist tour leader and lecturer in Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy. ADFAS lecture tour of Australia in 2010. Writer and broadcaster on historic gardens and related topics. Steven Desmond's book Gardens of the Italian Lakes, with photography by Marianne Majerus, is published by Frances Lincoln.