Tuesday, 25 March 2014

In celebration of Humphry Repton

In 1814 Humphry Repton, the celebrated landscape designer of the day, created his last Red Book for the 6th Duke of Bedford; a device he used to present his garden designs to his clients, and so called because of the colour of the binding.

Humphry Repton had been seriously injured in 1811 in a carriage accident and was an invalid when the Bedfords asked him to consider the gardens at Endsleigh.  He was carried around the valley in a sedan chair, painting the landscape and planning the vistas. On the front page of his red book he wrote: 'It is impossible to divest myself of the feeling that the most picturesque subject on which I have ever been professionally consulted, should have been reserved for so late a period of my life'Humphry Repton died four years later in 1818 leaving his sons to carry out his plans.

To celebrate the two hundred years since the red book for Endsleigh was created, we have invited a number of notable award winning garden designers to talk to us.  Non residents are most welcome to come and hear them speak and enjoy a cocktail with us. The talks are open to non-residents for £25.00 per person, or £65.00 per person to include a seasonal dinner.  For more detail please click here.

Friday 28th March at 6pm Olga Polizzi
Saturday 29th March at 6pm Stephen Woodhams
Friday 4th April at 6pm Olga Polizzi
Saturday 5th April at 6pm George Carter
Friday 11th April at 6pm Alan Titchmarsh
Saturday 12th April at 6pm Arabella Lennox-Boyd

Circa 1860, here Endsleigh has taken on a mantle of climbers giving the house the rustic picturesque atmosphere that Humphry Repton envisaged. Today, you will find an impressive array of champion specimen trees planted by the subsequent Dukes of Bedford, adorning the valley with an air of tranquility. There is a feeling of seclusion as if in a secret garden with breathtaking views across the Tamar. 

Contact us to book a place at the talks and/or take a tour of the gardens. 01822 870000

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