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Centenary Garden

Tim has overseen the creation of a new public garden for the University of Bristol, to mark its centenary in 2009. The garden was designed by Anne de Verteuil, a former MA Garden History student, and opened by Sir Roy Strong at a special cermony on Friday 8 May 2009. The garden is sited at the base of the Wills Memorial Building and occupies a pivotal position at the top of busy Park Street, making a graphic link between the city and the University. Nicholas Wray, Curator of the University Botanic Garden, advised on the planting, and Alan Stealey, the University's Gardens and Grounds Manager, project managed its construction.

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Historic Gardens & Landscapes of England Project

On 1 January 2007 Tim was granted significant and generous additional funding from the Leverhulme Trust to continue his Historic Gardens of England Project. This nationwide survey will research ten further counties between 2006 and 2012 in order to produce ten more books to add to the six already published. Based at the University of Bristol, this project will be led by Tim under the aegis of the Institute of Garden and Landscape History.

The Historic Gardens of England project has attracted national media attention, including an article by Ursula Buchan in the 22 September 2007 edition of The Spectator on 'Mowl's Quest':

"The trick, however, is how to ensure that knowledge of garden history, acquired in academic circles, filters out to the general reader, and there is none better at this than Timothy Mowl, who since 2002 has published six volumes of county garden history in his ‘Historic Gardens of England’ series. Mowl’s approach is rigorously empirical. He is determined to tramp over every piece of uneven grassland and through every bramble-tangled woodland, looking for clues to the intentions of landowners, and the traces of buildings or artificial water, and then going to the documents and maps to see how they tally. Some conventional wisdom has, in the process, been exploded. For example, it is increasingly apparent that there were more people involved in developing the 18th-century ‘landscape garden’ that the quartet of Bridgeman, Kent, Brown and Repton: and moreover, its development was less seamless and more contradictory than earlier generations were led to suppose." Ursula Buchan, The Spectator

Research Review article:
"Towards the Real Garden History" (600k)

In addition to the gardens series Tim has recently published a major biography of the eighteenth-century landscape designer and architect, William Kent entitled: William Kent - Architect, Designer, Opportunist (Jonathan Cape, 2006; Pimlico paperback, 2007). His latest architectural study of his own city: Bristol - City on the Edge, was published by Frances Lincoln in October 2006.