Royal Roads will host a special appearance April 14 by award-winning landscape architect and heritage consultant Wendy Shearer, and a tour of the Italian Gardens. The university is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Italian Gardens this year, and the slide talk and tour are part of a series of events celebrating the human and natural heritage on campus. Shearer will present a slide talk on Italian gardens in country estates in the UK and North America entitled The Fashionable Italian Garden: Integrating Gardens and Architecture in the Edwardian Age. She will look at the universal fascination with the fashionable Italian gardens, describing the key design features and use other Canadian sites as well as Hatley Park to illustrate them. Shearer has been involved in researching and restoring the ornamental gardens of 19th and early 20th-century estates in several national historic sites. After the talk, there will be time for questions and then Royal Roads head gardener Barrie Agar will offer a tour of the Italian Gardens.
- Date: Sunday, April 14
- Time: 2 p.m.
- Location: Hatley Castle drawing room, Royal Roads University
- Admission: By donation
- Call to reserve your seat: 250-391-2600 x4536
Refreshments will be served. Wendy Shearer is a landscape architect with more than 30 years of experience in the research, evaluation and conservation planning of cultural heritage landscapes. She is managing director of cultural heritage in the planning firm of MHBC Planning, based in Kitchener, Ontario. She teaches the Cultural Landscapes course at the University of Victoria.