The Privy Garden at Hampton Court restored to 1702 glory
Using incredibly detailed accounts, the garden has been restored to how it would have looked for William III in 1702. It also contains the Tijou screen, 12 elaborate panels whose central motifs symbolise parts of the United Kingdom in wrought iron.
The Privy Garden at Hampton Court is one of the most accurately reconstructed gardens because so much was recorded about the original 1702 garden. Unfortunately, William III died before it was completely finished which meant all the gardeners and workmen were frightened of not being paid. This is why they submitted the fullest possible accounts of their work.
Many of the gardeners (including Tijou, who made the ironwork, and the statue supplier) were never paid in full by Queen Anne, despite their efforts.
The workmen’s accounts were further corroborated by archaeological evidence and historic garden plans.
‘The Privy Garden represents a formal style of gardening which fell out of fashion soon after this garden was originally made. Its geometry is not to everyone’s taste but many find it extremely pleasing to the eye.’ - Susanne Groom, Curator of Gardens Exhibition.
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7 June 2018
Hampton Court Palace
11:00 and 14:00
Marvel at Sir Peter Paul Rubens' ceiling in its original setting of Inigo Jones' spectacular Banqueting House.
Join Siobhan Clarke at the Banqueting Hall for an exclusive tour of this revolutionary building.
21 (sold out) and 27 July (12pm tour sold out) 2018
Starting promptly in the Undercroft at 10:30 and 12:00
The sitting rabbit doorstop is a handsome fellow made out of luxurious beige fabric with silk trim - he is definitely more than a doorstop as his appealing looks are sure to guarantee him the best room in the house!
This inquisitive little hare will add character to your home and garden. With a traditional bronze effect finish, and inspired by classical bronze sculptures, this miniature hare will add narrative to your garden.