The expanse of a manicured lawn rolled out as a carpet to Hampton Court.
Lancelot Brown attempted to share his vision of the property. How could he quite explain to Hannah Moore?
“‘Now there’ said he, pointing his finger, ‘I make a comma, and there’ pointing to another spot, ‘where a more decided turn is proper, I make a colon; at another part, where an interruption is desirable to break the view, a parenthesis; now a full stop, and then I begin another subject'”, Moore captured their exchange.
He could see a story of the earth; he could see its capabilities. In fact, England came to know him as “Capability” Brown.
Across many grounds he galloped for an all encompassing view. His thumbprint, pressed upon gardens, lakes, and architecture.
Most featured, perhaps, is his artistry at Stourhead Garden, Wiltshire. Or, as you may be more familiar, the location of Mr. Darcy’s first proposal in Pride and Prejudice (2005).
His view of nature was deeply shared by impressionist Claude Monet. The artist pressed broad strokes upon canvas and left the world with ethereal bouquets.
Among interesting facts of Monet’s life, his personal garden at Giverny certainly ranks high.
The year of 1890, he invested in property. It was then that he created his own landscapes. Gardens on the land were each individually designed by Monet himself. . . the flowers, the lighting.
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He felt most alive there and surely would have agreed with British horticulturist Gertrude Jekyll. For as she wrote, “The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives.”
By way of Jekyll’s designs endurance was indeed key.
Garden Collage’s Lessons From Gertrude Jekyll, Then and Now explained how, “She often planted poppies next to [baby’s breath], for example, so that when the poppies died back, the [baby’s breath] would rise up and bring new life to the land.” Her signature collage of color and texture unfurled in each of her 400 gardens from England and Europe to the United States.