As with all Paradise Found Lectures, secondary themes accompany the historical and biographical detail: Sissinghurst is experienced through literature and the making of a writer's romantic garden;
Jekyll & Lutyens highlights architecture and the development of the 'English garden' style as seen through the artist's eye; we come to understand the exotic Lost Gardens of Heligan through deep history and their phoenix-like resurrection.


All three lectures present a respectful portrayal of the characters involved by using their own words and those of contemporaries to reveal personality, humour, creativity, tragedy and inspiration. The viewer is quickly transported into the time and place being examined and leaves with an understanding of the events and period in which these great gardens were created.

The Lost Gardens of HeliganJekyll and LutyensVirginia, Vita and Sissinghurst