The Great Landscape Gardens of England

There is a great debate over historians who actually was the first to develop the landscaped garden. Certainly this natural artistic achievement is one of the great gardening creations of all time, and England has so many superb landscaped gardens it has to be one of the greatest place in the world to visit these unique forms or art. Do not be confused with what is commonly called a landscaped garden around the world. The exquisite natural monuments featured here are not just common gardens they are   immense features that have fashioned the landscape of a nation.

The English landscaped garden has for centuries been associated with the great estates of the land. They go hand in hand with majestic architecture, rare paintings and priceless antiques. Any stately home worth its salt has to have its own unique landscaped garden especially designed and commissioned by its owner. The landscaped gardeners of England have eclipsed anything that their continental counterparts have managed, and here are some of the very best.

Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth Castle
Kenilworth Castle

Over two hundred years before even the Georgian landscape gardeners were born, this splendid garden was created by Robert Dudley. Dudley was bestowed the estate by Elizabeth I in the mid-1500s, and to make the estate fit for the regular monarch’s visits he decided to create Kenilworth’s magnificent gardens. His design is to say the least ornate, filled with highly colored blooms. And in the center is a large aviary that fills the garden with wonderful birdsong.

Hampton Court

Hampton Court
Hampton Court

Once the residence of the English kings, Hampton Court is a Tudor masterpiece and its famous landscaped gardens are without parallel. One of the most popular features is the fantastic maze and the privy garden is also well worth seeing. Around 2000 the garden was completely and carefully remade, and the modern gardeners took specific care to reconstruct the garden to actual archaeological plans and information about the original garden. Hampton Court garden is all about attention to detail, everything is manicured down to the last tiny detail. Because of this it is really costly to maintain to such high levels.

Stowe Landscaped Gardens

Stowe Landscaped Gardens
Stowe Landscaped Gardens

If you are particularly interested in the Arcadian-style of gardening then you should visit Stowe and its landscaped gardens. The past owners in the 15th Century were among the richest and most powerful people in England at the time who could afford the greatest architects and landscaped gardeners to work on the estate. Luminaries of the architectural and gardening world such as William Kent, James Gibbs, and John Vanbrugh were all commissioned to work at Stowe. Fine examples of their work can be seen all over the landscape and help to define the affluence of the Viscounts of Cobham.

Castle Howard

Designed and constructed roughly the same time as the gardens at Stowe, the landscape gardens of Castle Howard are something splendid to behold. The gardens were created around the 1720’s under the watchful eye of the Earl of Carlisle. And similar to Stowe the landscape has defining buildings dotted around it, with one of the finest being the grand mausoleum. These immense landscaped gardens featured are just a fraction of some of the finest gardens that England has to offer. As a nation of gardeners perhaps the passion of English horticulture came from its grand landscaped gardens.