Friday, 4 March 2016

Five on Friday - Gardens by Capability Brown

Hello

Welcome to the blog, thanks so much for visiting. Amy at Love Made My Home is hosting the usual Five on Friday link-up, so there are plenty of things to look at over there - just click on the link.



'Capability' Brown is a famous landscape gardener and architect who worked on numerous significant gardens and 2016 marks 300 years since his birth in Kirkhale, Northumberland. His first name was actually Lancelot but he acquired the nickname 'Capability' as he was always describing landscapes as having 'great capabilities'. His landscapes were created on a vast scale so that the views from the house were pleasing, often he planted woods, made lakes or moved farms and disguised fences by using a ha-ha, a ditch, instead so that different areas of parkland looked like they were connected and flowed together. His work looks so natural even though it was contrived. Over 150 of the 260 odd gardens that he worked on are still worth visiting today but here are five that I've visited. My photos don't necessarily show the part of the garden he worked on!

One - Blenheim Palace




Two - Hampton Court




Three - Warwick Castle



Four - Claremont




Five - Wimpole Hall

 

Aren't they wonderful!

Have a great weekend.

Cheerio

40 comments:

  1. He was a brilliant landscape artist. And to think his work still lives on after all these years. It's quite fascinating. Have a fabulous weekend, Pat xx

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    1. Yes it's incredible and the gardens have just got better and better as the trees have grown. x

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  2. Wonderful gardens. I love his face, he has quite a quizzical look about him.

    Diana

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    1. It's all those trees he's got to deal with! :-)

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  3. Great photos and interesting subject. Our local gardens at Trentham in Staffordshire have a huge project on at the moment to turn the gardens back to how they were when first designed by Capability Brown, it is in the early stages but begining to look wonderful with new vistas opened up:)

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    1. Fantastic. I must get there one day your photos make it look so good. :-)

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  4. Oh what a great selection. I've decided to study garden history this year (only in a very informal way) and I'm saving 'Capability' for later in the year. (After I've looked at some of the more 'organised' garden styles that his work swept away. Thanks for this insight into some of his finest!

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    1. He's done so many hasn't he. That sounds like a great course with lots of opportunities for a field trip. :-)

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  5. They are wonderful indeed! This beautiful post and the name of 'Capability' Brown made me remember my happy years as a student. I wrote my thesis about historical garden literature. :)
    Thank you for sharing and have a lovely weekend! x

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    1. What an interesting subject to have to write about. Glad you enjoyed it. x

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  6. Very handsome historic manors. Never heard of Capability Brown... Have to find out more. Lancelot is such a romantic name :)

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    1. Lancelot makes you think about King Arthur and Camelot! :-)

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  7. I didn't realise he did so many - wow! I've been to two of your Five, Warwick and Hampton Court, and often drive past another at Berrington Hall in Herefordshire. So inspiring. This is a great Five, thank you. x

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    1. I know, it's bad enough looking after one isn't it! x

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  8. They are wonderful, I love a Capability Brown garden, his influence remains strong today. Lovely pictures, have a great weekend xx

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    1. Thanks Lisa it's amazing to think 300 years have passed and we are still talking about him. x

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  9. When you see gorgeous garden photos like that don't you long for summer:) B x

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  10. They are indeed beautiful gardens, stunning.

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  11. Beautiful gardens I have visited Warwick Castle but not the others but almost certainly will do in the future, have a great weekend. :)

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  12. He really did do some amazing work didn't he, such beautiful landscapes for us to still enjoy. Thank you for sharing at Five On Friday, hope you have a great weekend. xx

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    1. Of course he did Basildon Park as well didn't he. You too x

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  13. He certainly was a wonderful and amazing designer of beautiful gardens. He designed Highclere Park, close to where I live. If you are a Downton watcher you will have seen lots of shots of it during the series. xx

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    1. Oh yes, I have often thought I might visit but the tickets go like hot cakes don't they. x

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  14. We've seen some of his gardens and they are gorgeous.

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  15. Ooh haven't been to the last two. Really must rectify that Karen

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    1. You could have a list and tick them off, a bit like doing the Munroes in Scotland x

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  16. You're right the sheer scale of his work is impressive, not a bad portfolio to have on his CV is it?!!! I never knew why he was called Capability that's cool to know and a lovely approach to have about gardening, I'm afraid I'm too impatient and want it all to look good now! Note to self think Capability Brown!
    Thank you.
    Wren x

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    1. And you wouldn't really know he's designed it all, it just looks so natural. x

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  17. We are making our first trip to England this summer and Blenheim Palace is on the list of possibilities, so it was great to see it here. I didn't know that Capability Brown was the landscape architect. Blogging can be very educational!

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    1. Lovely, I hope you have a fantastic time. I was so impressed with the colour of the stone at Blenheim compared with the colours of the landscape. I couldn't get it on a photo though, it was too magical. :-)

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  18. You've got a good selection of photos of gardens that Capability Brown designed. He was a fascinating character it seems as well as a great garden designer. Love the portrait and the expression on his face. I shall try and visit at least one of his landscaped gardens this year, the 300th anniversary of his birth.

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    1. Great idea as the garden usually comes with an amazing house too. :-)

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  19. I'd never heard the origin of the Capability name. How fun!

    Armchair traveler that I am, I loved your wonderful tour.

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    1. Thanks Patsy, glad you enjoyed it :-)

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  20. They do all look fab - and I don't think I've been to any of them to admire the gardens specifically. I've been to Hampton Court - many years ago - and I suspect the maze took most of my attention then! I've some Capability Brown catching up to do clearly :)

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    1. The trouble is he made it all look so natural you don't even notice you are looking at it! :-)

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