Fashion for Flower Rooms at Kedelston Hall

In eighteenth century England walks’ in the country were designed by luminary architects. After 1760 bowers and enchanting ‘outdoor rooms’ became fashionable, especially when designed by architects such as Robert Adam at Kedleston Hall who re-designed the formal garden for Lord Scarsale. Adam created a rolling naturalized parkland to complement the new extensions to the Hall, including features such as a fine 3-arched bridge, a fishing pavilion, a temple and a series of lakes and cascades. He also designed the Long Walk, a winding three mile circuit with views of the rear of the Hall and across the parkland. The garden rooms were filled with sweet smelling flowers to provide resting places and viewpoints along the way. Scarsdale ordered 1,000 sweet briar, 100 jasmines, 1050 syringa’s, 1200 lilac, 350 honeysuckle, 100 sweet Williams, 3000 mixed tulips as well as various roses and carnations.  Today the park and pleasure ground survive as a rare example of Robert Adam’s work in garden design, with four walks for visitors to enjoy in the 800 acre park.

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