During the 19th century, many magnificent
English landscape gardens were located within traveling distance from the
center of London; because these British gardens were accessible by
steamboat, omnibus or steam railroad, an English garden tour became a popular public
attraction. The gardens were undulated with carriage
drives around and through the grounds; with broad graveled
walks in various directions, opening long vistas through
well grown trees—some in rows, but generally irregularly
planted with plenty of room for the full development of each
and every tree. With these English garden photos, you will see magnificent gardens, such as Kew Gardens,
with numerous varieties of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants were
plainly labeled. This series of photochrom color images provides a English garden photos tour of
glorious nineteenth century gardens sprinkled
throughout Great Britain.
English Landscape Gardens
Kensington Gardens, the
fountains, London, England, c1900.
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Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division: LC-DIG-ppmsc-08579]
At some English landscape gardens, such as Kew Gardens,
numerous varieties of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants were
plainly labeled. This series of English garden photos,
featured at the Library of Congress, provides a glimpse of these magnificent landscaped treasures. Kensington Gardens, one of the Royal Parks featured in this English garden pictures series, has 275 acres of
formal avenues of magnificent trees and ornamental flower
beds. The Gardens are located at Kensington
Palace, the choice of William III and Mary II for their
London home. Queen Victoria was born in Kensington Palace
and lived there until she became queen in 1837. Queen
Victoria commissioned the Italian Gardens and the Albert
Memorial. Outside Kensington Palace stands a statue of Queen
Victoria sculpted by her daughter, Princess Louise, to
celebrate 50 years of her mother's reign.
English Landscape Garden Pictures
Valley Gardens, Harrogate, England, c1900.
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Our next stop on this English garden tour is the Valley Gardens in Harrogate, England -- listed as an
English Heritage Grade II and cover 17 acres. They are
famous for their mineral springs. Their noted historical
structures, such as the Sun Pavilion and Colonnades still
English Garden Photos
The Gardens at Bournemouth, England, c1900.
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Bournemouth, on our English landscape gardens photos tour, is a seaside resort in southern England. The
city dates from 1810 but did not grow rapidly until the
railway reached Bournemouth in 1870. In 1880, the
population of this resort town was near 17,000, and then
more than tripled by 1900. During the late Victorian era,
Bournemouth was famous for its glass Winter Gardens, built
in 1875 and the Theater Royal built in 1882. Another
attraction was the Pleasure Gardens laid out in the 1870s.
English Landscape Garden
Pittville Gardens, Cheltenham, England, c1900.
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Pittville Gardens were completed
in 1827 as the backdrop for Joseph Pitt’s magnificent new
Pittville Pump Room where visitors could "take the waters."
The English landscape gardens included a large lake with beautiful stone
KewGardens, known today as the
Royal Botanic Gardens, are located on the River Thames in
southwest London, England. KewGardens was originally a private
fruit and vegetable garden belonging to the Prince of Wales,
the father of George III. The dowager princess of Wales, the
mother of George III, began to improve it as a botanical
garden and pleasure ground about 1760. Kew received additions from time
to time, so that by the late nineteenth century it contained
270 acres. Kew Gardens became public in
1810 but suffered a decline from 1820-1840. In 1840 the
English landscape gardens were presented to the nation as a royal gift and
placed under the control of Her Majesty’s office of public
works. Seating arrangements add coziness of an indoor living-room to the charms of a Victorian style garden. Decorate your outdoor living area with Garden & Veranda Furniture styles from the past, featuring wrought iron table and bench designs. Under Queen Victoria’s patronage, Kew Gardens flourished and by the
late nineteenth century, the Garden was said to be one of
the finest and most complete botanical collection and
arboretum in the world.
English Landscape Gardens
Kew Gardens, the museum, London, England, c1900.
[Detail of image from the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division: LC-DIG-ppmsc-08589]
English Garden Pictures
Whitworth Gardens, Darley Dale, Derbyshire, England, c1900.
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Borough Gardens from south, Dorchester, England, c1900.
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The land for
the Victorian Borough Gardens, located near the center of
Dorchester, was purchased in 1895. The center structure
shown in the English landscape gardens is still used today.
English Garden Photos
Buxton, the gardens, Derbyshire, England, c1900.
[Detail of image from the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division: LC-DIG-ppmsc-08293]
The spa town of Buxton was
famous for its natural warm waters and their supposed