Talks and tours

I regularly give illustrated lectures, informal talks, guided history walks, and academic presentations on historic landscapes. Here are some examples:

  • “Gardens of India.” Online and live lecture for the Friends of Sheffield Botanical Gardens. January 2022.
  • “Hearing the Voices from a Human Zoo.” Online lecture for the Gardens Trust’s Other Voices in Garden History series, May 2021.
  • “Percy Cane”, as part of the Garden Trust’s Great 20th Century Gardeners series, September 2020.
  • “Rediscovering the Oriel House Garden.” Illustrated talk for National Libraries Day at Broomhill Community Library, Sheffield, 6 February 2016; for the Vulcan Rotary Club, 12 April 2016; for the Friends of the Sheffield Botanical Gardens, 26 April 2016; as the 2016 BBEST Lecture for the Broomhill Festival on 11 June 2016; at the Crosspool Festival on 28 June 2016; as part of Heritage Open Days, September 2016.
  • “Co-existence and collision: a history of Fresh Pond in the nineteenth century.” Illustrated lecture for the Victorian Society in America, New England Chapter, Annual Preservation Awards, Cambridge, Mass., 24 June 2014.
  • “It just looks kind of silly.” Poster presentation on Dan Kiley’s 1960s design for the North Court at Lincoln Center in New York City, at the ICOMOS conference “Filling the Gaps: World Heritage and the 20th Century” in Chandigarh on 3-4 October 2013.
  • “’For beauty, and air, and view’: contemplating the wider surroundings of sixteenth-century Mughal and European gardens.” Paper presented in the “Islamic and Renaissance Gardens: A Case for Mutual Influence?” panel at the second international meeting of the European Architectural History Network, Brussels, 31 May-3 June 2012.
  • Guided history tour of the British sites in Delhi’s Civil Lines for the Seven Cities of Delhi Programme, 7 December 2011.North Delhi tour
  • Guided history tour of the gardens at Vaux le Vicomte, Seine et Marne, for staff of the American and British Embassies in Paris, 14 May 2011.
  • “ ‘These beautiful pleasure-grounds of Death’: cross-cultural comparisons of values and meaning in the inceptive responses to the Parisian garden cemetery and its American interpretation.” Paper presented at the symposium Foreign Trends on American Soil, University of Pennsylvania School of Design, 18-19 March 2011.
  • Garden guide for the hôtel de Charost, Paris, for les Journées Européennes du Patrimoine [European Heritage Days], 18 September 2010.
  • “The Design Work of the Olmsted Brothers and Charles Eliot at Fresh Pond.” Illustrated lecture sponsored by The Trustees of Reservations and the Landscape Institute, 23 April 2009.
  • “The Ice Industry at Fresh Pond.” Thursday Morning Lecture at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 23 April 2009.
  • “A Place to Play.” Keynote lecture for the Cambridge Historical Society Spring Fundraiser, 19 April 2009.
  • Guided history walk for the Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation, 18 April 2009.Fresh Pond tours & talks
  • “Shifting Patterns, Shifting Significance.” Various lectures on the history of Fresh Pond, for the British Consulate-General, Boston, 28 April 2006; the Cambridge Historical Society, 19 March 2006; the Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery, 4 December 2005; and the City of Cambridge, 20 September 2005.
  • “Significant Private Gardens in Old Cambridge.” Illustrated lecture for Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., 27 April 2006.
  • “The Garden Gate Opened.” Thursday Morning Lecture at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 20 April 2006.