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Last week we got a phone call from the office of Todd Longstaffe-Gowan – Gardens Adviser to the Royal Palaces, and President of the London Parks and Gardens Trust – asking if we’d like to be involved in a project at the British Library.

It didn’t take us long to answer ‘yes please!’  And so our royal appointment began…

The garden installation ‘Georgeobelisk’ situated in the courtyard directly outside the British Library celebrates the opening of the “Georgians Revealed” exhibition which runs at the library until March 2014.

a picture of an artificial grass installation outside the British Library in London by Turf King

Here is the press release and more info about the ‘Georgeobelisk’:

Georgian garden revealed on the British Library’s piazza  tomorrow ahead of major exhibition opening this week

To celebrate the British   Library’s major new exhibition, Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the   Making of Modern Britain, the Library and Cityscapes will tomorrow unveil a   Georgian garden installation on the Library’s piazza designed by landscape   architect and historian Todd Longstaffe-Gowan and funded by The Sackler Trust.

Alongside such artworks as   Eduardo Paolozzi’s ‘Newton’ and Antony Gormley’s ‘Planets’, the installation   titled the Georgeobelisk will remain on the piazza for five months for   visitors to enjoy and explore, and to remind us that Britain’s fascination   with gardening was first sparked in the Georgian era.The 6 metre high structure is   an ephemeral tribute to the four King Georges as we approach the 300th   anniversary of the beginning of the Georgian period and even alludes to the   new Prince George with a flying putto figure.Loosely based on the architect   and playwright Sir John Vanbrugh’s unexecuted entrance gate to the forecourt   at Castle Howard in North Yorkshire, the Georgeobelisk represents a class of   temporary constructions that were very popular in eighteenth-century Britain.   Throughout the Georgian era similar temporary structures were thrown up   frequently at private or public entertainments, in town and country, to mark   special occasions or important historical events.The legacy of these Georgian   temporary theatrical structures can be seen in today’s pop-up culture, which   also embraces transience and celebration, in order to adapt to the demands   for flexibility in contemporary urban life.Acclaimed landscape gardener   and historian, Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, says: ‘The Georgeobelisk is a   towering gimcrack confection set in a scrap of pastoral parkland that aims to   evoke the Georgians’ passion for extravagant temporary caprice.’Co-curator of the exhibition, Dr   Karen Limper-Herz, who devised the garden section of Georgians Revealed,   says: ‘The Georgeobelisk is a wonderful introduction and link to the   fascinating gardening documents in the exhibition where we will show rarely   seen material illustrating the beginnings of the British ‘obsession’ with   gardens and garden design.’The Georgeobelisk   is available from Wednesday 6 November until March 2013 and is free.Tweet your pictures of the   garden to @BritishLibrary using #GeorgianGarden.

Note to editors:This project has been made possible by The Sackler Trust.Related eventsIn an English Country GardenFri   29 Nov 2013, 18.30-20.00, £7.50 / £5 concessionsThe   Georgian era heralded the replacement of the formal garden with the English   Landscape movement for the landed gentry. Its idealized view of nature,   championed by Capability Brown, brought a looser more minimalist garden   design. But the period also saw the creation of the Pleasure Garden and   temporary ‘pop-up’ gardens, which combined the aesthetic of nature with   public entertainment and spectacle. In this conversation garden historians   and specialists explore these ephemeral Georgian gardens, and their continuing   impact, in the various guises of temporary gardens today, which shape our   views of outside space.Chair   Christopher Woodward, with Todd Longstaffe-Gowan and Tony   Heywood, explores the notion of ephemeral Georgian gardens and their   continuing impact in the various guises of temporary gardens today which have   helped shape our views of outside space.ExhibitionGeorgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain   runs from 8 November 2013 to 11 March 2014.www.bl.uk/georgians-revealed /   #BLGeorgiansPrices: Gift Aid £10, Standard Adult £9, Over 60s £7, Other   concessions £5, Under 18s Free, Friends of the British Library FreeAll galleries are accessible by wheelchair. Information can be requested from   Visitor Services staff on: T +44 (0)20 7412 7332.

Todd Longstaffe-Gowan

Gardener   and historian Todd Longstaffe-Gowan takes on a range of projects in Britain   and abroad, many with a conservation slant. He is Gardens Adviser to Historic   Royal Palaces, and President of the London Parks and Gardens Trust. His work   reflects his interest in the dramatic and sculptural potential of landscape,   and is imbued with whimsical, historical eclecticism. www.tlg-landscape.co.uk/

Cityscapes is a London based garden festival. which aims to bring a creative new approach to the way urban parks and gardens are   designed, through the creation of temporary and permanent gardens, working   with garden and landscape designers and cultural organisations. Cityscapes   was founded by Darryl Moore and Adolfo Harrison of Moore Harrison Land   Design. www.cityscapes.org.uk.   @cityscapesUK

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