Horace Walpole created from 1747 the first landscape garden to be connected to a picturesque house. His 9 acres (3.64 hectares) contained a lawn and a meadow beyond, flanked by trees and an open terrace with views of the River Thames.
The views have been lost to housing and the growth of woodland but the grassed areas and the layout of his tree planting survive.
The garden is as far as possible being restored to its original appearance. Walpole's extraordinary Shell Bench has been recreated.
His Grove of lime trees is being replanted, as he wrote to his friend Horace Mann in 1753: “it is an open grove through which you see a field which is bounded by a serpentine wood of all kind of trees and flowering shrubs and flowers”.
Follow Jennifer Sarginson, Gardener in Charge, and her team's progress on the garden’s restoration.
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