Lecture-‘Verdure is the most Perfect Refreshment’ – Jane Austen & the English Landscape Garden


Saturday, 26 November 2022 at 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

This lecture by garden historian Dr. Laura Mayer will be held in the Elwin Room of the Bath Royal Scientific and Literary Institution, Queen Square, Bath. BA1 2HN.

‘Verdure is the most Perfect Refreshment’ – Jane Austen & the English Landscape Garden

Landscape – whether real or imagined – nature, & her characters’ response to these inform each & every one of Jane Austen’s novels. Justly famous for her sharp social satire, Austen was also highly attuned to the shifting sensibilities surrounding landscape gardening, which had been gathering pace since the beginning of the eighteenth century. Laura looks at the Bath connection to Austen and discusses the various gardens mentioned, whilst exploring Gilpin’s theories on the Gothic/ Picturesque, the fashion for garden visiting and the connections between Mansfield Park & Humphry Repton.

Speaker Laura MayerLaura Mayer is an independent lecturer, writer and researcher, with an MA in Garden History and a PhD in eighteenth-century patronage from the University of Bristol. She has published extensively, particularly on Lancelot Capability Brown, and Jane Austen’s contemporary, Humphry Repton. Laura shares Elizabeth Bennett’s appreciation of Gilpin’s picturesque as well as her talent for tramping about a garden inappropriately shod. She has also been known to pen the odd limerick about Fitzwilliam Darcy.



Getting there:

  • Use the Park & Ride from: Newbridge, Odd Down and Lansdown all into the City centre and a 5 minute walk to Queen Square.
  • Local Parking: Parking in the Charlotte Street and the Waitrose Podium car parks nearby, also Avon Street and Southgate car parks – (charges apply).
  • Bath train station and a 15 minute walk to Queen Square

Tickets are priced at £10 each to include refreshments.

Booking is essential and can be purchased through Eventbrite by selecting this link.

Further details may be obtained from Peter Hills 07748507166 or email – [email protected]