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Hampton Court Palace: The gardens

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A stunning selection of photographs taken of the palace gardens throughout the seasons.

  1. Great Fountain Gardens in spring

    Great Fountain Gardens in spring

    Two Canadian geese tread carefully between the massed crocuses planted on the banks below the Great Fountain Gardens.

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  2. Wilderness daffodils in spring

    Wilderness daffodils in spring

    The beautiful display of daffodils is one of the most welcome sights each spring. This style of planting originated during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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  3. Colourful flower bed in spring

    Colourful flower bed in spring

    Erysimum cheri (wallflower) ‘Persian Carpet’ combined with Tulipa ‘Ballerina’ makes a warm looking flower bed. This choice of wallflowers and bulbs extends the display of the flower bed well beyond the flowering of the tulips.

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  4. April in the Pond Garden

    April in the Pond Garden

    This formal garden was once the summer home of citrus trees that were grown in portable tubs set out on the terraces. Now planted with colourful bedding plants since Victorian times, it is one of the most photographed sites in the gardens.

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  5. The Great Fountain in summer

    The Great Fountain in summer

    The central pool in the Great Fountain Garden is the sole survivor of the original 13 fountain basins that gave this garden its name. The fountain display is powered by gravity as the water flows from a storage reservoir in Bushy Park.

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  6. The Tiltyard Gardens in summer

    The Tiltyard Gardens in summer

    The Tiltyard Gardens located to the north west of the palace are home to extensive herbaceous borders. The numerous walls that divide this area up provide a range of conditions allowing a large selection of climbers and other wall shrubs to be grown.

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  7. Deer in Home Park in summer

    Deer in Home Park in summer

    The deer herd are free to roam and graze in the park. Young trees are protected from possible damage caused by the deer using the wooden, triangular tree crates that feature in the background of this image, the design of which has changed little since the 17th century.

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  8. Summer bedding in the Great Fountain Garden

    Summer bedding in the Great Fountain Garden

    Colourful seasonal bedding plants have been a feature of this area of the gardens since this style of gardening was pioneered at Hampton Court Palace in the late 19th century.

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  9. Autumn wilderness

    Autumn wilderness

    The beautiful yellow foliage of this specimen of Acer platanoides (Norway Maple) provides a seasonal contrast with the clear blue of the sky.


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  10. Blooming marvellous in autumn

    Blooming marvellous in autumn

    Here you can see dahlias with blooms in every form and colour. No longer considered only suitable for providing cut flowers or exhibiting, in recent years the popularity of dahlias in herbaceous borders has been revived.

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  11. Dahlias in autumn

    Dahlias in autumn

    Although an herbaceous border, the display is supplemented by planting occasional groups of dahlias. Planting in this way is derived from records created by Ernest Law, an early curator of Hampton Court Palace during the beginning of the 20th century.

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  12. Late Autumn in the Great Fountain Garden

    Late Autumn in the Great Fountain Garden

    The leaves are all down now and have been collected for composting. The sun no longer reaches high into the sky as the days shorten.

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  13. The northern canal in winter

    The northern canal in winter

    This water feature in the Great Fountain Garden was created for Queen Anne (1702 -1714) a monarch who simplified the design of many parts of the palace garden but did leave behind this more extravagant legacy.

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  14. The Privy Garden in winter

    The Privy Garden in winter

    An overnight fall of snow defines the geometric shapes of the topiary in the restored Privy Garden of King William III with the conical yews seemingly acting as gnomons on multiple sundials.

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  15. Snow dusted tree

    Snow dusted tree

    A carpet of snow covers the grass keep of the southern canal and Home Park beyond. The snow dusted Cedrus deodara (The Deodar) creates a fairy tale landscape.


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  16. East Gate in the Great Fountain Garden

    East Gate in the Great Fountain Garden

    A solitary coot has a particularly chilly view of the Great Fountain Garden from the East Gate of the Baroque façade of the palace.

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