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Anglo-Turkish Society lecture

The Bakewell Ottoman Garden

February 1, 2018
This event has been cancelled and will be re-scheduled in April

Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), 50 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 5BT

The concept, development and execution of the Ottoman Garden in St Louis, Missouri, USA

When he died in December 1993, Edward L. Bakewell, Jr. of St. Louis, Missouri left funds to his heirs to create in his name a public garden within the city’s Missouri Botanical Garden. In planning to carry out his wishes, his sons Ted and Anderson remembered their father’s fascination with a family legend that connected them to the Ottoman world, rekindled by his visit to Istanbul many years ago. They felt that this offered both a fitting theme for their father’s bequest as well as a practical complement to the Botanical Garden’s existing horticulture.

Anderson Bakewell will present a lecture on The Bakewell Osmanlı Bahçesi, which opened in 2006 in the American city of St Louis, is the result of efforts to resurrect a distinct garden tradition equal in many ways to the better known Moghul, Persian and Moorish forms. Much admired for its beauty and novelty, it has also raised questions about ‘authenticity’ and the transplantation of cultural tradition, topics which have been brought to the fore in recent times.

This lecture will reveal what was the inspiration for the concept of the garden and discuss the research, funding efforts and logistics undertaken in its 12-year development. The scale of the team of horticulturalists, historians, designers, architects and craftsmen brought together to design and construct the garden, belies its relatively small size.

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