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Chinese Takeaways Marilyn Elms Wednesday 26 June 2019

Oriental influences on English garden making can be traced from the eighteenth through to the present century. The emergence of chinoiserie, as initially evidenced in ceramics, furniture and interior design, also found its place in the garden or landscape, through the layout, plants and ornamentation. This talk continues the story in the twentieth century, which saw a developing interest in the culture of Japan, expressed in the fashion for the ‘Japonaise’ in many forms of art, including garden design. Western designers embraced, and took inspiration from, the sensitive use of materials, and minimalistic expression of Japan’s temple and stroll gardens, and sought to emulate something of their spirit - a style still popular today.