A Victorian pleasure gardens experience
Talk and Tour | Larmer Tree Gardens
Thursday 22 June 2017 - 14:00 until 16:30
The Larmer Tree Pleasure Grounds gardens were created in 1880 by General Augustus Lane-Fox just after he inherited the Rushmore Estate (he changed his name to Pitt Rivers as a condition of his inheritance). Surrounding the main lawn he constructed a variety of buildings intended to enlighten and educate his estate workers and visitors. For those visitors wishing to picnic there were eight areas known as quarters, each was enclosed by laurel hedges and contained a thatched building for shelter. The gardens’ name was taken from a magnificent landmark tree (probably a Wych Elm) that stood on this site as early as the 10th century. The origin of the word ‘Larmer’ is so ancient that it can only be guessed at. By 1899 the gardens were attracting over 44,000 visitors a year.
The group will be shown round by Andy Rampton, Head Gardener and this will be followed by a cream tea and, if weather permits, croquet on the lawn.
This event has been organised by the Wiltshire Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.