Arundel Castle has launched its 2016 exhibition showcasing the history of Arundel Great Park, marking what would be the 300th birthday of legendary gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.
Brown is heralded as ‘England’s greatest gardener’ who raised the art of English landscape gardening to its highest level, perfecting a form of naturalistic layout which was copied for three generations.
Arundel Park, created by the 11th Duke of Norfolk between 1789 and 1815, was inspired by Brown’s signature style. The park is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty encompassing 1,200 acres of open downland adjacent to Arundel Castle and part of the South Downs National Park.
The castle’s exhibition displays documentation explaining the origins of the park and its subsequent use by royalty including Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1897.
Designed by the 11th Duke himself without the aid of a professional landscapist, the park is enclosed by a high flint wall with clumps and belts of trees including Oak, Beech, Ash and Scots Pines.
Arundel Castle archivist Dr John Martin Robinson said: “Arundel Great Park is a stunning example of the landscape style popularised by Capability Brown and this exhibition aims to inform visitors of its long and fascinating history.”
Arundel Castle is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesdays to Sundays, Mondays in August and Bank Holiday Mondays until October 30.
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