Chiswick House and Gardens sprang into international awareness when they were created in the early 1730s by the third Earl of Burlington and William Kent. The Villa may well have been the prototype for Montecello in Virginia and the Gardens were a harbinger of the ‘English Landscape Movement’ which greatly influenced garden design throughout the UK and overseas.
The sixth Duke of Devonshire sent plant hunters around the world seeking unknown and rare plants, shrubs and trees, and his Conservatory, then the largest in Europe, was filled with hitherto alien specimens – pineapples, melons, camellias and other wonders. He leased out the Royal Horticultural Society’s first gardens in the area and established Chiswick House and Gardens as a prime site for high society by hosting spectacular events for Tsar Nicholas of Russia and Queen Victoria.
Dr David Jacques tells the story of the gardens with unrivalled knowledge and understanding.
A cash bar will be available from 6.00 pm. Guests will also be able to look around Hogarth House before the event.
General Admission: £8
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