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Caroline Holmes

Caroline Holmes

Caroline Holmes is a garden historian of ancient, modern and contemporary landscapes who delves into the people and plants that are integral to their story. She is an international lecturer in the warmth and comfort of halls and houses, Course Director for University of Cambridge ISP as well as leading groups through sites and gardens especially in France. She is at one with Nietzche when he wrote ‘We should call every truth false which was not accompanied by some laughter’ or in the garden sense she sifts the humour from the humus. 

Caroline broadcasts on BBC Radio 4 and is the author of 11 books including Water Lilies and Bory Latour-Marliac, the genius behind Monet’s water lilies, RHS Herbs for the Gourmet Gardener, Impressionists in their Gardens, Follies of Europe – architectural extravaganzas and Monet at Giverny. As a consultant designer she devised the planting and guide notes for The Poison Garden in The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland, as well as creating a Humanist Renaissance voyage through gardens that encircle the church of Notre-Dame-de-Calais. The latter have been nominated for jardin remarquable status and are open to the public. The concepts behind them can be viewed on Engraved on my Heart: a new garden for Calais Caroline is currently learning Hindi for a forthcoming research trip into the Western Himalayas.

Caroline Holmes is on the following tours: