This historic garden, of the Hampton Court Palace, is a testament to the artistic genius that flourished during the renaissance. It dates back to the 1520s and has been passed down over generations until finally, Queen Victoria conferred the palace and its gardens on the British Government in 1838. The garden extended and morphed into styles representative of its owners every time it was passed down. Today, this spectacular garden has 750 acres of parkland with 60 acres of formal gardens, set within a loop of river Thames.
This is the largest and arguably the oldest grapevine in the world dating back 250 years. It was planted in 1768 when Lancelot Brown was in charge of the Gardens. Once only consumed by the royal family, these grapes are often sold to visitors in peak season. The grapes are not sour indeed!
This plant collection harbors 3 heritage collections, Heliotropium, Lantana, and Queen Mary II’s Exoticks. All of these collections are a treat for sore eyes. While the former two are newer collections, Mary II’s Exoticks have sustained through a couple of centuries. Conservation of these exotic species is continually underway here.
This garden grew food fit for the royals during William III’s time. During Queen Victoria’s reign though, it opened to visitors, turning it into more of an herbaceous garden. Eventually, it was turned back into the garden for the Royal Kitchen, where fresh produce is on sale once a week.
This carefully manicured wilderness was once the formal pleasure garden for Charles II. Today, it is an everblooming 60 acres of wild meadow with beautiful cherry trees and chirping birds. This wilderness is especially beautiful in early April when over a million daffodils and other bulbs bloom!
This serene area is rife with glorious trees including Eucalyptus, Paperbark Birch, and Paperbark Cherry. This is literally the hidden gem of the garden tucked away in a quiet corner. Originally this area was intended to be the Home Park but was later turned into an arboretum, a botanical tree collection.
Privy or Private Garden had been a part of the south side in William III’s reign in 1702. The area has been using the accounts of the original workers as a blueprint. This is one of the most accurately reconstructed gardens with trees and bushes manicured to perfection.
This area originally had fish ponds made for Henry VIII. It was later transformed by Mary II into a sunken garden to display her exotic plants. This garden is a highlight of the Hampton Gardens with the vivid colors of tulips that engulf the place in the summers.
Explore the magnificent variety of roses that bloom in this garden nurtured by gardeners for over 80 years. The area was once William III’s vegetable and herb garden. It was later turned into a kaleidoscope of colorful and sweet smelling rose garden. It flaunts several exotic varieties of roses, each coming together to make a stunning spectacle.