Brantwood was the home of John Ruskin between 1872 and 1900. He was an opinion leader in the art world, a botanist, a painter, a reformer, a philosopher, an educational philanthropist and a radical voice in Victorian society. Importantly, he was also a conservationist and an author who had immense influence on the development of the art of landscape architecture. He explored land management and horticulture – radical for the time and some of his principles remain in use today, particularly that of sustainability. The estate is an RHS partner garden and co-hosts the Cumbria Wisteria Collection – one of only three in the country. There is also extensive woodland, 200 different species of fern, a vegetable garden, an orchard of heritage local apples and meadows showcasing regional wild flowers. Full details of the house and garden together with opening times can be found online at Brantwood.org.uk
This garden visit will start with a brief welcome talk, followed by the tour. You will see Brantwood in its winter glory and learn how Ruskin interpreted the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts Garden, and how he was influenced by his cousin Joan Severn and by William Robinson, the British landscape designer, who was a leading exponent of the wild, or natural, garden.
After 1PM, there will be refreshments and cake and the opportunity to ask Simone Daye questions. Thereafter, feel free to enjoy lunch in the Terrace café, or walk around the garden at leisure. If you wish to visit the house itself, please check details and entry prices online.
Please note – the garden is not suitable for wheelchair users and is rough terrain with steep inclines. Please bring stout footwear and weather-appropriate clothing!
The cost for this garden visit, is £15 per WFGA member, £20 non WFGA member for each day.
We hope to run this event in Spring 2024, so if you are interested, please keep an eye on our website for further information.