Garden Museum Literary Festival 2017
Garden Museum Literary Festival 2017 Announced!
‘A Friend, a book, and a garden’: The Festival of Garden Literature, Boughton House, Northamptonshire, Saturday 1st and 2nd July 2017
Boughton, five miles from Kettering, is one of the most handsome Baroque houses in England and is set into an early 18th-century landscape of breath-taking geometric vision. But it has also become a place of unforgettable potency and surprise, from the Chinoiserie pavilion to the secret garden made by Sir David Scott and Valerie Finnis to ‘Orpheus’, a land-form by Kim Wilkie which has become the centrepiece of the glittering restoration of the Baroque canals and fountains.
‘A friend, a book and a garden’ (as John Evelyn called his wishes in life) is unique as a literary festival which moves from garden to garden, with themes and speakers inspired by the spirit of the place. It is also distinctive as being limited to 250 guests each day, with a single ticket giving access to all talks, events, and performances. The Festival is intimate, celebratory, and immersive, with the freedom to drift from place to place.
The writers will talk about gardens, and writing on gardens, but also where gardens meet memoir, botany, history, politics, landscape, environment, art, and music. It is not about how to garden but why we garden.
‘Wherever this blissful young festival roams in future, it’s worth downing tools to follow it’, wrote the Daily Telegraph. After Serge Hill, Petworth, and Hatfield, we are extremely grateful to The Duke of Buccleuch – whose family also host The Borders Book Festival – for opening Boughton to us next year.
Early Bird tickets will be available from end January 2017 and the draft programme will be announced in February 2017. If you have any queries on any aspect please contact the Garden Museum on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 401 8865 and NOT Boughton House.
The Garden Museum is currently closed for a major development project, and will re-open next year. For more information about the Development Project click here