The Gardens at Boughton

We admired the small exhibition about the garden at Boughton in the unfinished wing which provides a resumé of its history:  beginning with Sir Edward Montagu who built the Long Gallery in 1579, stocked with apricot trees from London.   By 1611, there were garden terraces.   Then Ralph Montagu, after serving as Ambassador in Paris, created water gardens, cascades and parterres – ‘grand gardens, an extensive canal, and extraordinary water jets’.   William Stukeley visited and described it in 1710.   The Mount was created in the 1720s.   After the death of the second Duke in 1749, it went into a long sleep, only now being comprehensively restored by the current Duke, helped by Kim Wilkie, in such a way that it is a strange mix of French formality, still with avenues of Hatfield Tall limes and expanses of water, leading to The Mount, but interspersed with immaculate English lawns and with fields of sheep beyond:-

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