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About the Show

The Romans were the first to introduce gardens to England, and European influence returned during the age of the Tudors and Stuarts, with an emphasis on geometric patterns and formal features. In the late 17th and 18th centuries, the English picturesque movement took off, inspired by an appreciation of the native landscape and the icons of the ancient world. The work of its chief exponents, including William Kent and Capability Brown, is still in evidence in the gardens of England’s great stately homes today, such as Blenheim Palace. In the English landscape garden geometric structures, alleys, and parterres near the house were eliminated and replaced with rolling lawns and extensive views. Artificial lakes, dams and canals transformed streams or springs into the illusion that a river flowed through the garden. Part 1 of 2.