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Engraved on my Heart: Mary Tudor, the Cloth of the Field of Gold and Notre-Dame de Calais Caroline Holmes Tuesday 14 January 2020

Notre-Dame de Calais is the only example of an English Perpendicular church in Europe, it has been restored by the Association pour la Mise en Valeur du Patrimoine Architectural du Calaisis. Echoing the pageantry of the Field of the Cloth of Gold (1520) I designed gardens in Tudor Renaissance humanist style – emblematic knots, cloister and orchard. They encapsulate Mary’s paradise and the court of Henry VIII, Katherine of Aragon and the Princess Mary, their faith and fashion. The gardens also draw on the symbolism within the church to create a circular walk without that is spiritual, intellectual and physical as well as looking and smelling good.

Caroline has lectured in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Europe, Japan and on cruises to the Baltic, Mediterranean, Caribbean and Indian Ocean. Caroline lectures for the University of Cambridge ICE (Course Director for International Summer Programme), the Royal Horticultural Society, museums, and specialist travel companies. She is a consultant designer specializing in evoking historic, artistic and symbolic references, and is the author of 11 books. She has produced a number of theatrical events, and has been a presenter and contributor on television and BBC Radio 4. She is the 2017 recipient of the Herb Society of America ‘Elizabeth Crisp Rea Award’.