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The Glasgow Garden Festival : a wider perspective

Castledine, Pam and Swales, Kim (1988) The Glasgow Garden Festival : a wider perspective. Quarterly Economic Commentary, 14 (1). pp. 58-64. ISSN 2046-5378

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The Glasgow Festival has been the subject of much comment and controversy. Discussions surrounding it have, however, failed to take into account the fact that Glasgow is part of a UK Garden Festival Initiative, made up of 5 related events: Liverpool (1984), Stoke on Trent (1986), Glasgow (1988), Gateshead (1990) and Ebbw Vale (1992). Garden Festivals in Britain were introduced as the UK equivalent of the well-established German Bundesgartenschau and other such Continental events. In this paper it will be argued that many of the shortcomings of individual Garden Festivals stem from weaknesses in the execution of the national Garden Festival Programme. The paper will therefore attempt to evaluate the Initiative as a whole, and the Glasgow Garden Festival as part of this Initiative.