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'Engraved on my Heart.' Mary Tudor, the Cloth of Gold and Notre Dame de Calais Caroline Holmes Monday 13 May 2019

Caroline Holmes is a consultant designer specialising in evoking historical, artistic and symbolic references. She lectures for the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education, the Royal Horticultural Society, and the English Gardening School. She is the author of nine books and presents and contributes on television and BBC Radio 4. Her books include, Impressionists in their Gardens: living light and colour, Follies of Europe and Monet at Giverny. 

Notre Dame de Calais is the only example of an English perpendicular church in Europe. After having been destroyedduring the final months of WW2 it has been restored by AMVPAC, l’Association pour la Mise en Valeur du Patrimoine Architectural du Calaisis. Caroline designed the gardens in Tudor Renaissance humanist style - emblematic knots, cloister and orchard. The designs encapsulate Mary’s Paradise and the Court of Henry VIII, Katherine of Aragon and the Princess Mary, their faith and fashion. Caroline Holmes was invited to participate in the restoration, and her contribution included the design and implementation of a themed garden around the grounds close to the wall of the church.

Her presentation enlightened us on several levels, namely as regards the significance of various plants both medically and historically, and as regards various aspects of the design of a garden. Everyone came away having learned a lot of history as well as having been shown the beauty of a unique garden installation.