Capability Brown

The Brockman family in their temple at Beachborough Manor, courtesy National Gallery Victoria

In An English Country Garden – Poet, Painter & Perfection


Humphry Repton in his Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening (1803) created a fashion for botanics, stressing the use of colour in composing a landscape

Eti in Arcadia Ego by Nicolas Poussin

Claude Lorrain – At the Beginning of a Modern Romantic Idyll


French artist Claude Lorrain presented nature and antiquity as more beautiful than it was and the countryside around Rome inspired his poetic rendering of light

Australia's first Government House

Fantastic Flora in Australia – First Fleet to Federation


At the English colonization of this extraordinary continent in 1788 the flora was so exotic many explorers thought they would find the original Garden of Eden

Rousham Kentian Garden

William Kent and the English idyll – The Quest for Nature


William Kent English architect, interior designer, painter & landscape architect ‘leaped the fence’ & saw all nature was a garden’ & designed the perfect house