Let's talk about Capability Brown at Petworth and Sheffield Park

Film still from Capability Brown animation by Tim Britton

This year as part of a national year long celebration of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown the National Trust are hosting a series of exhibitions, talks and events to explore the history behind some of the Country's most iconic landscapes.

If you would like to learn more about who Capability Brown was and his enormous influence on landscape design, join us at Petworth House and Park and Sheffield Park and Garden for a series of talks from our leading historians and archaeologists.

Patrons, Places, and Landscape Design – a talk and guided walk with Richard Wheeler, Garden Historian for the National Trust.

Capability Brown worked not just with landscapes but also with the multifarious ideas of his patrons. This talk will explore the intent of the owners, how much they were influenced by Brown’s work elsewhere, and how far Brown met their expectations and specific ambitions
Includes refreshment on arrival.
Thursday 9 June, 10-12 noon, Petworth House and Park. Book now
Thursday 16th June, 6.30pm, Sheffield Park and Garden. Book now

Discovering Capability Brown: 'Monarch of Landscape' – a talk with Sarah Rutherford, Garden Historian

Illustrated by images not previously published, this talk will discuss Brown’s life, his phenomenal success as the face of landscape gardening, his style, how he used plants and buildings to define stunning views and what to look for today when trying to spot a Capability Brown. Sarah Rutherford will also talk about how she followed in his footsteps throughout England and Wales, making exciting discoveries about his designs through research from letters, plans and design drawings.
Includes refreshment on arrival.
Thursday 23 June, 5.00pm - 6.30pm, Petworth House and Park. Book now
Saturday 20th August, 6.00pm, Sheffield Park and Garden. Book now

Digging up the Dirt: Understanding Capability Brown’s Petworth – a talk with Tom Dommett, National Trust archaeologist

Tom Dommett will show how three years of historical research and archaeological investigation from excavations and surveys, alongside archival sources and digital reconstructions have helped to lift the lid on how England’s greatest landscape gardener sculpted his masterpiece at Petworth over 250 years ago. This talk gives unprecedented insight into how he worked with the landscape and adapted to changing circumstances, and the extraordinary lengths he would go to in search of the perfect park.
Includes refreshment on arrival
Thursday 16 June, 10-12 noon, Petworth House and Park. Book now