Marion Mako

Research Fellow in Garden History

Marion Mako is a Research Fellow of the Humanities Research Institute and a tutor of the Institute’s London-based graduate programme, the MA in Garden History.

Since gaining her Master’s in Garden History, from the University of Bristol in 2004, Marion has been a freelance garden historian and designer working in the UK, Europe and the USA, specialising in English herbaceous planting. Research projects for private and corporate clients have included diverse subjects from cascades of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Temple of Apollo at Stourhead, a 1920s rose garden to an Edwardian Scottish-Japanese garden, all of which have led to full restoration of the landscapes.

As part of the Leverhulme Trust-funded ‘Historic Gardens of England’ project, Marion was appointed the consultant for the counties of Cheshire (2008) and Somerset (2010), which she researched and co-authored with Professor Timothy Mowl. She is currently Research Fellow for the project.

Other publications include: Eaton Hall – The history of the Duke of Westminster’s gardens (2009) and The University of Bristol – Historic Gardens (2011).

Marion has previously lectured for the University of Bristol MA in Garden History, gives talks, has appeared on television and radio and leads garden tours in the UK and abroad. She is currently researching the garden designs of Alfred Parsons and the eighteenth-century pleasure grounds at Kedleston Hall.


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    Timothy Mowl & Marion Mako, Historic Gardens of Somerset (The Historic Gardens of England Series, Bristol: Redcliffe Press, 2010)

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    Marion Mako, The University of Bristol Historic Gardens (University of Bristol, 2011)