Join the webinar «Lawn and Meadow cultivation in Historic Gardens» 

Lawns in historic gardens are rarely seen as of cultural or historical value. In fact they can often harbour rich seedbanks valuable for biodiversity whilst expressing the more intangible heritage of the traditional craft skills required to maintain them. Both physical and cultural aspects will therefore be considered alongside the environmental imperative to try to counter climate change.

«Lawn and Meadow cultivation in Historic Gardens» is the second webinar in our Craft Skills for Garden Conservation-project. This webinar will present the history of lawns and meadows in historic gardens as well as different opportunities with these elements today. How to work with authenticity, biodiversity and social values connected to lawns and meadows in historic gardens will be discussed. The traditional native meadow as well as the modern non-native meadows will be presented. Both the short trimmed lawn and the modern alternative lawns will be discussed. This webinar will strengthen the historical knowledge of the participants as well as showing the different alternatives for lawns in historic gardens today.

Professor Maria Ignatieva, University of Western Australia.
PhD Eva Gustavsson, University of Gothenburg.
PhD Joakim Seiler, Gunnebo House and Gardens and University of Gothenburg.
Sue France, CEO The Green Estate Cic and Director, Pictorial Meadows Ltd.
Meadow and horticultural consultant Jenny Nilsson.


The main objective is to introduce the themes:
Development of the lawn  and meadow from medieval to modern times
Function and cultural significance of lawns and meadows
Maintenance methods: ancient and modern
The development from meadow to fine lawn and back again and how to combine historical authenticity with modern sustainable alternatives.

Time for the online Webinar:
22.02.2022 from 09:00 – 16:00 (Timezone GMT+0:00)
– with a two hour-break from 12:00 to 14:00
Please pay attention to the timezone:

Scandinavian and German time: 10:00 – 17:00
Russian time: 12:00 – 19:00


Price: Free of Charge

The webinar is aimed at all interested in lawns and meadows in historic gardens.

The webinar will be recorded and available on the project website.

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Text: PhD Joakim Seiler and Dr. Catherine Sarah Nicoll
Photo: Malin Arnesson 2017

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