Mrs Caroline Holmes
Garden Historian; Panel Tutor for the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education
Caroline Holmes lectures regularly for the Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge; for NADFAS including Spain, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Australia, the Royal Horticultural Society; for the Landmark Trust, National Galleries of Scotland, Swan Hellenic, Martin Randall Travel in France, Ciceroni in France and Italy as well as for Clio Voyages’ French-speaking clientele in the UK.
She is author of eleven books. The French edition of Water Lilies and Bory Latour-Marliac, the genius behind Monet's water lilies was launched at a conference in Giverny co-hosted by the Musee des Impressionismes and the Monet Foundation. Her RHS Herbs for the Gourmet Gardener was finalist in the 2014 Garden Media Guild Reference Book of the Year Award. Other titles include Impressionists in their Gardens and Follies of Europe - architectural extravaganzas.
Design consultancies include Tudor- inspired gardens for a Humanist Renaissance 'journey' around Notre Dame de Calais, 16th-18th-century orchards and gardens with modern operatic borders at High House for the Royal Opera House, and the poisons planting in the Alnwick Garden. She co-presented 'Glorious Gardens' on Anglia TV and has presented several series for BBC Radio 4. Caroline was the recipient of ‘The Gertrude B Foster Award for Excellence in Herbal Literature’ in 2011 from the Herb Society of America. Visit www.caroline-holmes.com
Caroline enjoys sharing her knowledge of Landscape History and architecture. She refers to her lectures as 'Academic but not dry' and 'Entertaining and Informative'. Where practicable, field trips are included and lectures are full of exuberant colour, reminiscent of Bory Latour-Marliac's water lilies that so inspired Monet, as well as setting the social scene. She encourages her students to consider the design in relation to history, utility and beauty- the timeless weave of people, plants and places that forms the landscape.
Courses TaughtPast Courses
- Capability Brown Conference: Moving heaven and earth
- Early 18th-century taste: when the South Sea Bubble burst into song and landscapes
- English houses and gardens I. Defining 'Englishness' from 1130 to 1970
- English houses and gardens I. Defining ‘Englishness’ from 1130 to 1970
- English houses and gardens II. Esoteric, eclectic and egotistical
- English houses and gardens II. Personal expressions
- English houses and gardens: defining 'Englishness' from 1130 to 2016
- Impressionist gardens: painted and planted canvases
- Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown: transforming England’s great estates
- London and Wise: aiming to suit with Versailles
- The medieval garden: vernacular arts and crafts
- The Renaissance garden in Britain: nature produces better fruit if cultivated
- The Roman garden: architecture, illusions and deities
- 'Monet at Giverny' in English and French, 2016.
- 'Water lilies and Bory Latour-Marliac, the genius behind Monet’s water lilies' in English and French, 2015.
- 'The RHS Herbs for the Gourmet Gardener', 2014
- 'Impressionists in their Gardens', 2012
- 'Follies of Europe - architectural extravaganzas', (photographs by Nic Barlow, Antique Collectors Club) 2008
- 'Why do Violets shrink? Answers to 280 Thorny Questions on the World of Plants', (The History Press) 2008
- 'The not so little Book of Dung', (The History Press) 2006
- 'Victorian Gardens', (Schiffer Publishing) 2006
- 'A Zest for Herbs', (Mitchell Beazley) 2004
- 'New Shoots, Old Tips', (Frances Lincoln; New edition) 2004
- 'Icons of Garden Design', (Prestel) 2001
- Contributor to the Literary Encyclopaedia, 1001 Gardens you must see before you die
- Introduction to Art in Residence exhibition catalogue, Luton Hoo Walled Garden
- Regular contributor to 'HERBS', the journal of the Herb Society.
- Reviews for the Journal of the Institute of Landscape History
- Swan Hellenic, The Horticulturist
- Articles 2010-11 in Country Life, Herbs, The Garden, The English Garden, Financial Times
- R.H.S. Gardener's Certificate, Otley College, West Suffolk
Associations and memberships
Former Chairman of the Herb Society
Liveryman in the Worshipful Co. of Gardeners
‘Ambassador’ to Garden Organic
Member of Garden History Society, Historic Gardens Foundation, Folly Fellowship, Garden Media Guild, Herb Society of America
The gardens of European, American and Australian Impressionist artists
Landscape History of Brittany