Hampton Court
Flower Show 2002

 

Day 1 Chiswick, Kew
Day 2 RNRS Garden of the Rose, Hatfield House
Day 3 Waddesdon, Chenies
Day 4 Hampton Court
Day 5 Beth Chatto, RHS Hyde Hall
Day 6 Highwood Ash
Day 7 Free Day

Friday we visited Kenwood …the grounds are mostly landscape and wonderful to walk around, but it’s the interior that is so incredible. Kenwood, one of the treasures of London and an idyllic country retreat close to the popular villages of Hampstead and Highgate. Bequeathed to the nation by Edward Guinness, first Earl of Iveagh, some of the world's finest artists are represented inside, while outside Kenwood stands on 112 acres of landscaped grounds commanding a fine prospect towards central London , with meadow walks and an ornamental lake designed by Humphrey Repton.

When Lord Mansfield commissioned Robert Adam to remodel Kenwood in the 1760s, it was as a country retreat. Today, over two hundred years later, none of the rural idyll has vanished, not withstanding its location so near the capital.

As for the house, the finest room is undoubtedly Robert Adam's Great Room, which was Lord Mansfield's library. It represents one of Adam's most outstanding domestic achievements.

Kenwood is also famous for the collection of paintings. Many consider it to be the finest collection in the country outside of a national art gallery. There is a self-portrait by Rembrandt, Vermeer's Guitar Player, and Gainsborough's Mary, Countess Howe, as well as works by Turner and Reynolds. It is likely that some of the eighteenth century portraits are of people whom Lord Mansfield invited to his grand dinners and dances.  I didn’t take any pictures this time as I had some from previous tours.

Also this day was Highwood Ash, a private garden owned by the Glucksteins.  Mrs. Gluckstein and her head gardener gave us a wonderful tour around this garden.  I had seen this garden the year before when the rose garden was fairly new.  This year it was more in bloom and took a couple of pictures of the roses there that caught my eye.  We had a nice visit here along with tea and cakes.

 

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