Caroline Holmes takes us on an entertaining tour of garden follies with intellectual gymnastics, jaw dropping extravagance or private vision. Cryptic, fantastical, allegorical, innovative, romantic and modernist from the Renaissance to Charles Hamilton’s Painshill, into Bomarzo’s ‘Sacro Bosco’, an ocean of shell grottoes and finally a ‘blotto grotto’ in Herefordshire.
Caroline Holmes is a lecturer, broadcaster, author and consultant designer. She is Academic Tutor for the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education and also lectures for various organisations internationally, and on tours sponsored by the US Institute of Classical Architecture and Art in France. In 2019 she was keynote speaker at the International Water Lily Symposium at Giverny based on the research for her last book Water Lilies and and Bory Latour-Marliac - the genius behind Monet's Water Lilies. She is the author of 12 books, here latest being Where the wildness pleases – the English Garden Celebrated. Her RHS Herbs for the Gourmet Gardener was finalist in the 2014 Garden Media Guild Reference Book of the Year Award. Design consultancies include Tudor-inspired gardens for a Humanist Renaissance ‘journey’ around Notre Dame de Calais, 16th-18th-century orchards and gardens with modern operatic borders at High House for the Royal Opera House, and the poisons planting in The Alnwick Garden. Caroline co-presented Glorious Gardens on Anglia TV and has presented several series for BBC Radio 4. She received the Gertrude B Foster Award for Excellence in Herbal Literature in 2011 and the Elizabeth Crisp Rea Award in 2017 from the Herb Society of America. Her own house and garden have been featured in Country Homes and Interiors, Country Life, Country Living, Garden News and The English Garden and filmed for BBC and Anglia TV. www.horti-history.com