From the Picturesque to Paxton The Changing Style of Gardens in the Early Nineteenth Century –

The wild excesses of the Picturesque, with its fondness for Gothic horror and surprise, produced some wonderfully dramatic, if impractical, gardens. Thereaction to this gardening chaos led to a more formal style of planting championed by Humphry Repton and then an explosion of garden ornamentation in every conceivable style, as taste and restraint were abandoned altogether. Technology came to the aid of the gardener and conservatories and greenhouses were built on a larger and larger scale until the Crystal Palace, the ultimate glasshouse, was built by the giant of the nineteenth century, Sir Joseph Paxton.

James Bolton

Inchbald School of Design 1990 (Dip ISD). Head Gardener, Old Rectory Farnborough 1990-92. Faculty Director, Design Hisory, Inchbald chool of Design. Garden Designer 1992-99. NADFAS Lecturer from 1995. Organiser of NADFAS garden study days and tours in the UK and Europe. Organises tours to the best private gardens in the UK, Italy, France and South Africa. Author of  ‘Garden Mania’ a book on garden ornaments, published in 2000.