Chiswick House and Gardens

I have been experiencing the twin miseries of house hunting and a heavy cold, my mum came down to help with the latter, but to brighten the day we also visited the Camellia show at Chiswick Gardens in west London.

Chiswick House
Chiswick House

Chiswick House is a neo-Palladian villa built by the third Earl of Burlington in 1729. The conservatory was originally built for growing fruit but was then given over to Camellias which were new arrivals from plant explorers in China. Some of these plants are still here, but were nearly lost when the conservatory fell into disrepair. A £12.1 million project to restore the gardens was unveiled in June 2010.

Camellia japonica 'Imbricata'
This Camellia japonica ‘Imbricata’ was probably planted in the 1820s, making it nearly 200 years old!

The Conservatory collection has 33 different varieties of Camellia, including many of the earliest varieties introduced to Britain in 1828.  Among them is ‘Middlemist’s red’, originally brought from China in 1804 and one of only two in the world known to still exist.

 

Camellia japonica 'Imbricata' bloom
Camellia japonica ‘Imbricata’ bloom
Pink and white Camellia flower
Pink and white Camellia flower

The gardens at Chiswick House comprise 65 acres and are one of the earliest examples of the English Landscape Movement, when the formality of the renaissance-style gardens gave way to a more naturalistic look, with open vistas and winding paths among informal planting.

Ionic Temple and Obelisk at Chiswick House and Gardens
Ionic Temple and Obelisk

Entry to the gardens is free and well worth a look if you are in the area and want a break from the city.

Now back to house-hunting, *sigh*.

2 comments for “Chiswick House and Gardens

  1. Miguel says:

    Hi Victoria,

    Just read your blog about Chiswick house and gardens. Nice short blog.
    Just wondering are you still looking for a property to buy? Perhaps I can help =D

    regards,

    Miguel

    1. Victoria says:

      Hi Miguel, thanks but I’m sorted now.
      Best wishes
      Victoria

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