The Magic of Water Gardens

Lunchtime Lecture

Martin Sturge, Member, on 8 November 2001

Martin described his talk as "a brief consideration of this ancient enthusiasm". However, his audience was enthralled by an extensive and scholarly exposition on the role of water in gardening, which ranged from Nineveh to Granada, and from Egypt to Sussex.

He referred to ancient and contemporary designs for Water Gardens, illustrating his comments with slides of relevant examples, and explained his thoughts on sounds and quietness, fountains and drought, and encouraged those present to plan for harmony as well as surprise. He gave examples of plants to seek, to use, to eat and to avoid.

Jean Brushfield