Thursday, 7 October 2010
Lake at Harewood
The gardens at Harewood House were originally laid out by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown in the mid-18th century. One of the best known English landscape architects, his skill and vision was sought after by the landed gentry of the time. He swept away the formal English garden style in favour of huge naturalistic landscapes of sweeping grass, clumps and scatterings of trees and serpentine lakes. It was a style that became very fashionable and many of his gardens remain today... though if you didn't think about it, you might assume that many of the grand estates that he designed - Harewood, Blenheim Palace, Warwick Castle - had always looked like that. The style fell out of fashion after Brown's death but gained recognition again in the 20th century.