2019 Phoebe Cook Lecture

Isabel Bannerman: Scent Magic, The Making of a Scented Garden in Cornwall


Isabel and Julian Bannerman have designed and built gardens and garden buildings since the 1980s. Together they have won gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show and hold a royal warrant from the Prince of Wales. Their bestselling book Landscape of Dreams covers fourteen commissions. It describes their art, inspirations, and how their life is completely bound with creating spaces, and working with plants and architecture. 

Following the success of Landscape of Dreams, Isabel was commissioned to write a book about the garden she and Julian created for themselves between 2012 and 2019 at Trematon Castle. Always fascinated by scent and smell in the process of designing gardens, Isabel based the book on her notes and diaries and devised a very free-form, sensualist monologue featuring her husband Julian, a “garden making genius." The book includes historical and horticultural information on the scented plants with which Isabel works and about which she writes and contains her photographic record of the garden and her botanical scanography of plants.

The lecture will feature illustrations from the book, a broad discussion of how the garden at Trematon was made, and the scented plants they used in making it. 

Limited seating available 
Free with Membership or regular admission

The Phoebe Cook Lecture series is co-sponsored by the Memphis Garden Club, a member  of the Garden Club of America, and Dixon Gallery and Gardens. This series provides an opportunity to bring outstanding speakers in horticulture, conservation, and floriculture to Memphis. The series was established and endowed by the late Phoebe Cook Welsh in memory of her mother, Phoebe Cook. Gifts from Welsh’s family, the Memphis Garden Club, and friends in the Memphis community continue to fund this series.