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

The next morning after breakfast, we set off for our first garden, Chiswisk House and Gardens.

Until the nineteenth century, historians believed that Lord Burlington, who built Chiswick House in the 1720s, was merely the interested owner. In fact, as an American scholar discovered in 1927, his Lordship was actually the architect of the House. Burlington admired the neo-classical buildings of sixteenth-century Italy , and today Chiswick House is recognized internationally as one of the finest English buildings inspired by the architecture of ancient Rome . While the house was built chiefly as his residence, Lord Burlington was intent on creating a setting fit for his collection of art and books. You can enjoy the charms of the house, including the lavish Blue Velvet Room, and then step outside to the perfect symmetry of the Italianate gardens with their statues, temples, obelisks and urns. A perfect complement to the house itself.

The 1720s garden was sufficiently changed by ‘landscape’ ideas for Pope to see it as the first garden in which ‘the genius of the place’ had been consulted. Lord Burlington, the owner and chief designer, was helped by Charles Bridgeman and William Kent. They aimed to make an Augustan villa. The architecture was modelled on Palladio’s 1550 Villa Rotunda. Buildings and obilisks were placed at the ends of avenues, in the Baroque manner. Classical busts, sphinxes, columns and an exedra helped to re-create the landscape of antiquity. William Kent helped with the classical allusions, designed a rustic cascade and gently serpentined canal. The area between the house and the canal, occupied by a maze in 1730, was
the first to be treated in this way. Since
Kent ’s style became influential, we are fortunate that it survives.


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Then off to Kew The gardens provide a rainbow of colours. Partly landscaped by Capability Brown, he is possibly most famous for its glasshouses, dominated by the large palm house, where everything from orchids to exotic plants survive.  I have been to Kew a few times and each time try to go someplace where I have not visited.

I visited the Marianne North Gallery and was astounded at the number of paintings this woman painted 832 of them are displayed here,   this will give you further information  http://www.rbgkew.org.uk/ksheets/mnorth.html   This building is the red brick one with the green door.

I also walked all the way down to visit the Pagoda (One of Kew 's most famous features, the Pagoda was completed in 1762 for Princess Augusta, George III's mother, who actually founded the botanic garden at Kew .  Each successive story diminishes by 0.3m in both diameter and height. Originally the roofs were covered with ceramic tiles and decorated with iron dragons, which were placed at the angles of the roof, but these are reputed to have been sold by George IV to settle some of his debts), the Ruined Arch, the Flag Pole (This flag pole is the fourth to stand on this site. It is approximately 70m tall and is made from the trunk of a Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), estimated at 370 years old. It weighed 37 tonnes when first cut but was reduced to 15 tonnes after shaping at Kew .

The tree was presented by British Columbia to commemorate the centenary of the province in 1958, and the bicentenary of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 1959. The flag is flown on royal birthdays and anniversaries, and on state occasions. ), the glasshouses (always a treat and this time I even walked up to the top of one to get some photos)  The Japanese Gateway (Chokushi-Mon (Gateway of the Imperial Messenger) is a replica (four-fifths actual size) of the Karamon of Nishi Hongan-ji in Kyoto .

The replica was created for the Japan-British Exhibition held in London in 1910, and after the exhibition closed, it was dismantled and reconstructed in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew . It is the finest example of a traditional Japanese building in Europe . Built in the architectural style of the Momoyama period (late sixteenth century), Chokushi-Mon has finely carved woodwork, depicting stylised flowers and animals. The most intricately carved panels portray an ancient Chinese legend depicting the devotion of a pupil to his master)  I even got a picture of one of the fellows trimming the water lilies.  I would also strongly advise not touching these leaves
they are full of very prickly spines on the undersides!


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