Protected Parks and Gardens to Visit this Autumn

As the nights grow shorter and the leaves get crispier, here are some of the best parks and gardens to visit this Autumn. Read more

A brief introduction to the remarkable Gertrude Jekyll

Jekyll’s planting schemes and their harmonious colour palettes, and use of traditional crafts, remain the quintessential essence of English-style.Read more

A brief introduction to bandstands

In Victorian Britain public parks were developed to promote health and wellbeing, and bandstands became focal points for communal entertainment.Read more

The life and landscapes of Humphry Repton

This Saturday marks 200 years since the death of Humphry Repton, the last great landscape designer of the Georgian era. Advising on some 400 schemes across a 27 year career, Repton filled the void left after the death of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in 1783, and linked the 18th century landscape tradition with the gardenesque movement of the early Victorian era. Early Life Much of Repton’s life and career played out in the East of England. He was born in BuryRead more

How to lay out a garden: the legacy of Edward Kemp (1817 -1891)

Edward Kemp was one of the most prolific and influential landscape designers of the Victorian era. Read more

Early Colour Images of the English Garden

This month, we’re talking about the amazing English homes and gardens that represent or have witnessed some of the most important historic events.Read more

Allotmentitis: How Britain Dug for Victory

Allotmentswere born out of a national drive for self-sufficiency. Here we take a look at the history of allotments and their significance to our historic landscape.Read more

Not Just Green Spaces: 5 Buildings Designed by Capability Brown

His visionary landscape designs brought Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown lasting fame, punctuating the natural environment to this day with serpentine rivers, rich woodland and palatial views. But what many people forget about Capability Brown, is that he also designed buildings and monuments within his commissioned landscapes. Surviving examples are rare and often protected by listing. Here are 5 of the structures he is less famous for. The Burton Pynsent Column, Somerset Sometimes referred to as the Cider Monument, the 140ft columnRead more

A Brief Introduction to… Garden and Park Structures

Have you ever wondered about that grand mansion set into the hills of your local park or public garden? Perhaps there are the crumbling remnants of what looks like some kind of castle or fort? You may have considered where these structures came from and why they’re still there, existing in a seemingly original and potentially repurposed state. A large number of such structures are protected by listing, and when identified can tell a story about their locality and howRead more

5 plants the Romans gave us

The British love to get out in the garden but did you know some of our most familiar garden plants and weeds were introduced around two thousand years ago when Britain became part of the Roman Empire?Read more