2016, the Year of the English Garden, celebrates the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, known as England’s greatest gardener. He revolutionised the garden landscapes at more than 150 of the country’s grandest and special historic houses, with his abandonment of the formality, replacing with stunning elegance and landscaping in harmony with the natural countryside.
Lancelot Brown, an Estate worker’s son was born in the small village of Kirkharle, Northumberland where he served as a gardener’s boy at Kirkharle Hall. By the young age of 25 he had become Head Gardener at Stowe, an Estate in Buckinghamshire where he stayed for 10 years creating arguably one of the most beautiful and inspired landscape gardens in England. Interestingly, he gained the nickname ‘Capability’ as he would tell his prospective clients that he could see the ‘capabilities’ for improvements to their gardens!
With a Nationwide festival and programme of events scheduled this year, it’s a great opportunity to visit the magnificent gardens attributed to this remarkable man (www.capabilitybrown.org), including some even that are not usually open to the public.
If you are taking in the splendour of these gardens, why not combine it with a stay in one of our nearby welcoming B&Bs?
All our B&Bs have been specially chosen and inspected by our team. We also have a selection of B&Bs who have their own delightful gardens of special interest, either part of the National Garden Scheme or open to the public at certain times during the year, well worth a visit.