An afternoon of talks on representing and experiencing the garden in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world. This event is organized by the Southampton Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies in conjunction with the Sydney Intellectual History Network. It is free to attend, but please book your space by contacting Sandy White on

English, French, and American gardens of the eighteenth century are best known for what’s different about them – and eighteenth-century writers were keen to stress those national traits. In this study day we’ll be exploring not only national difference, but how garden designers and garden visitors might share ideas of time and emotion, of national power and domestic pleasure. How might English or French, Russian, Germans or American gardens speak to each other across the oceans?

View of the house from the lime walk

Speakers include:

Professor Jennifer Milam (University of Sydney)

Dr Kate Retford (Birkbeck, University of London)

Dr Stephen Bending (University of Southampton)

Dr Helen Paul (University of Southampton)

There will be an opportunity for participants to visit the on-going restoration of the walled gardens before the talks begin. There will be a short break during the afternoon for tea and cake.

Attendance at this event is free, but booking is essential: please contact Sandy White at the University of Southampton on