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The 2016 Tricentennial Celebrations of the Birth of England’s most famous Gardener

2016 saw the anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and, at Burghley, we share his fantastic landscape as well as his less well known architectural influences on the house. We are also home to one of only 2 portraits of Brown, on public display in the State Rooms.

To mark the occasion the House Entrance hosted an exhibition dedicated to the life and work of the great gardener, as well as information about Brown’s influence at Burghley and Brown the Builder.  There was a free information leaflet which gave information on a self guided walk around the key parts of the park, Brown’s vistas and the famous Lion Bridge.

Special study days on the legacy of Capability Brown at Burghley.

On 19th of July we hosted a special lecture and book signing by Tim Scott Bolton as he discussed the landscapes of Capability Brown and his book – illustrated with his paintings of Capability landscapes.

A tour of the State Rooms with our House Guides focussed on the work of Brown at Burghley, including the renovation of the Chapel and alteration of the architecture of the House to aid views of his newly created parkland. This tour gave the opportunity to view Brown’s Portrait in the Pagoda Room. The afternoon featured a tour of the Gardens by our Head Gardener including views of the Summerhouse, Lion Bridge and South Facade, all Brownian designed.

Introductory talks

This talk gave an overview of the history of the House, Family and Brown influence on the parkland and the House.

Changing Landscape at Burghley

A full day of exploration gave a comprehensive view of Brown’s influence at Burghley.  Lectures were given with emphasis on Brown’s work during his decade at Burghley including his architectural work.  During his time here, Brown was responsible not only for the gothic Summerhouse and Lion Bridge, but also drastically altering internal decoration and external facades of the House. There was the opportunity to view the ‘Capability’ Brown Exhibition before lunch in the ‘Capability’ Brown designed Orangery. In the afternoon session there was a guided tour of the parkland with our Head Forester viewing the evolution of the parkland from the original London and Wise plantings to Brown’s vistas.

The Gardens at Burghley

We held a lecture over tea, coffee and biscuits with our Head Gardener, a viewing of the ‘Capability’ Brown Exhibition, and a tour of the Private South Gardens with views of the Summerhouse, Lion Bridge and South Facade all Brown’s design, and Gardens of Surprise including the Sculpture Garden, originally Brown’s lost arboretum.

Brown the Builder – The State Rooms & Gardens at Burghley

A tour of the State Rooms with our House Guides focussed on the work of Brown at Burghley, including the renovation of the Chapel and alteration of the architecture of the House to aid views of his newly created parkland. The tour gave the opportunity to view Brown’s Portrait in the Pagoda Room. After lunch in the afternoon we featured a tour of the Gardens by our Head Gardener including views of the Summerhouse, Lion Bridge and South Facade, all Brownian designed.

Burghley run events of all kinds throughout the year – for more information see our events listings page.