Utopian Gardens

In these lectures, Professor Jim Endersby explores the links between botanic gardens and utopias, both modern, European inventions that embodied a fascination with the future. But utopia, he argues, is not the dream of Eden, nor of a lost golden age; it represents a new idea – that humans might be able to perfect the world for themselves. 

These lectures will explore how these ideas were embodied in a range of real and imaginary gardens, each of which embodied ideas of a perfect world.

Past Lectures In This Series
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Experimental Gardens from Francis Bacon to Today

Jim Endersby
Monday, 7 October 2019 - 6:00PM
Future Lectures In This Series
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Gardens of Empire: The Role of Kew and Colonial Botanic Gardens

Jim Endersby
Monday, 2 December 2019 - 6:00PM
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Making New Plants: A History

Jim Endersby
Monday, 10 February 2020 - 6:00PM
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Good Gardeners of Planet Earth? The Vision of Silent Running (1972)

Jim Endersby
Monday, 23 March 2020 - 6:00PM