Levens Hall Garden, Cumbria. The only surviving garden from the 17th century. The picture presents one of Levens Hall’s famous topiary yews known as the ‘Umbrella Tree’.
Portrait of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown (1716-1783), Studio of Nathaniel Dance (1735-1811). He is remembered as "England's greatest gardener". He designed over 170 parks, many of which still endure. He was nicknamed "Capability" because he would tell his clients that their property had "capability" for improvement.
The Long Water Canal, Hampton Court. After Charles II became king, in 1660, he employed John Rose to make a canal, inspired by Versailles and 1.6 km long. It runs at 90° to the the axis of the Privy Garden.
Fishbourne Roman Palace, villa and garden model. The Fishbourne Palace is the biggest single Roman building ever found in Britain, covering an area the size of Buckingham Palace in London.
If you run our Half Marathon you will be able to visit Hampton Court Palace after the event as well as running through its grounds throughout the race.
Palladian Bridge, Pantheon, and gothic tower at Stourhead, Wiltshire, England. A perfect example from the landscape movement, and still perfectly preserved. A lake, two classical temples, a Pantheon and even a gothic ruin are all to be found around the grounds.
1870 English Victorian Garden, Courtesy, The Flower Museum, London, England. Towards the end of the 19th century an appreciation of a more natural gardens and native plants was expressed. This resulted in the fashion for woodland gardens and a return to informality.
Hughenden, Buckinghamshire, England. Victorian garden that surround Disraeli’s house was the creation of his wife, Mary Anne, who also designed the vases that decorate the terrace. Formal bedding from the 1880s has been restored in the South Garden and there's an orchard with 35 varieties of old apples.
Panoramic View of Sissinghurst Castle Gardens in Kent. The Victorian period saw a profusion of public gardens and green spaces aimed at bringing culture to the masses. Some of the finest Victorian gardens are public parks.
Sundial and Knot Garden, Botanic Gardens, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand. Henry VIII had a particular liking for sundials.
Georgian style: The exedra at Chiswick House in London, a large, lawned area lined with statues and cypresses and surrounded by a yew hedge, was designed by William Kent. From the 1710s the highly ornamented country house garden was simplified and made grander, as parterres became plain grass and perimeter walls came down for a more panoramic view.