The Story of the Privy Garden at Hampton Court

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Beautifully illustrated in color and B/W. Maps. 34p. Measures 8.25 inches square. Covers the history and reconstruction of the garden. Hampton Court Palace was home to some of England's most famous kings and queens from Henry VIII (1509-47), its first royal resident, to George II (1727-60), its last. The privy, meaning private, garden was created to allow a quiet space for the monarch's exclusive use. Although the gardens had been present during Henry VIII's time, it was William III who instilled his own very definite ideas on the gardens, as reconstructed in the 1990s.

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A fascinating little history of the recently restored Privy Garden at Hampton Court. Not designed by Henry VIII or Thomas Wolsey as commonly believed, the Privy Garden was actually the result of a celebration of the baroque spirit during the reign of William and Mary, both great gardeners, in the 1700s. Although the gardens had been present during Henry VIII's time and were indeed renowned throughout Europe, it was William III, choosing Hampton Court as his new great palace to escape, even then, London's pollution, who instilled his own very definite ideas on the gardens. A collaboration of English, French and Dutch design, these new, enlarged formal gardens encapsulated the style of the age: parterres, topiary and 'moveable pots' containing William's beloved tender plants. Reconstructed in the 1990s to how they were in William and Mary's time, the progress of the project attracted much attention, drawing media interest even before the work was completed. Illustrated with old prints, paintings and aerial photographs of the reconstructions, this book gives a full pictorial overview of the project. Written by two authors linked to the restoration project: Mavis Batey, President of the Garden History Society and Jan Wouldstra, landscape historian, their close involvement adds authority to the text. This is an ideal guide for either visitors to the palace, students of garden history or anyone with an interest in our royal and horticultural heritage. - Lucy Watson

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