I am currently working on a study of the remarkable women who have created British gardens (over the last 300 years, right up to the present day) and the great designers they joined forces with. It will be published by YUP.
During 2019 and 2020 I worked on a study of marine villas and their settings (from the 1760s to around the1830s). This was commissioned by Historic England and will be published as part of their Research Report series during 2021.
My social history The Secret Life of the Georgian Garden was published in 2016. When I worked at Stowe, I realised there was nothing that explained how these garden buildings and eye-catchers actually worked. So many had fine interiors, clearly meant to be used, but no one could tell me exactly what they were for. The book was the result of that questioning and almost 20 years of research, mostly but not exclusively gathered for my PhD.
‘Here, for the first time, we have a lively evocation of what the Georgians use their gardens for… In these pages the gardens of William Kent, ‘Capability’ Brown and Humphry Repton spring to life.’
Sir Roy Strong
‘It is exceptionally enjoyable, written with style and humour and packed with little known sources’
Robin Lane Fox, The FT Weekend
full review here
‘The Secret Life of the Georgian Garden is a pioneering work and an important addition to the literature of the country house. More than that it is a thoroughly entertaining read.’
Adrian Tinniswood, The Times
full review here
Over the years I have contributed chapters and written articles for a number of publications, both UK-based and international. Subjects have included: aspects of the social history of gardens, the history of garden conservation and how designed landscapes relate to their wider surroundings. I have also turned reports in guide books, to share findings with the public. Occasionally I undertake commissions to write histories of private houses and their gardens. Literary enquiries to Georgina Capel Associates: http://www.georginacapel.com/our-authors/kate-felus/