With the British summertime now in full swing many people like nothing more than relaxing in the back garden and enjoying the warm weather and cool evenings. The garden has a special place in the English culture and one man who took his gardening to a whole new level was the famed garden designer Lancelot Brown, or as he was more commonly known, Capability Brown.
Born in 1716 in the Northeast of England it wasn’t until began working at the Stowe estate in Buckinghamshire that he started to change the face of English gardening forever and the majority of his work was carried in and around the London area. Brown is obviously best remembered for his gardens and the way he managed to seamlessly blend nature with some of his man made designs, including the way he would make his water feature blend in with their surroundings almost effortlessly.
As far as the number of landscapes brown is associated with, most of the 260 or so designs he had an influence on can still be seen today with some of the more memorable places worth visiting can be found in and around the central London areas of Westminster and Richmond Park with many landscape gardeners in Knightsbridge also drawing inspiration from some of his designs. Most have open access however it is worth checking before as some of his work is held on private land.
One of his most famous landscapes can be found at Blenheim Palace and his famous Italian Garden. Situated in Oxfordshire, the garden here is considered as probably his best piece of garden design spread over a massive 2000 acres. Its intricate designs, secret gardens and water features have earned the site a UNESCO recognition and is described as possibly the most beautiful view in England.
Brown however did not only work in the south of England and his work can also be found at Lowther Castle in The Lake District, Cumbria, Chatsworth in Derbyshire, famous for its massive 200ft fountain and also at Harewood in Yorkshire. Whichever of Capability Browns gardens you decide to visit there is no mistaking his designs and almost 300 years after his gardens are still yet to be matched as far as landscaping is concerned.