Exploring the depiction of gardens in art across four centuries.
Since the 16th century, the garden has been a source of inspiration and fascination for artists. This exhibition begins with the first real garden recorded in British art – seen in the background of The Family of Henry VIII – and spans to the 20th century, when plants and flowers were translated into three-dimensional sculptural objects by the likes of Carl Fabergé.
Exhibits reveal the use of gardens in royal propaganda during the Renaissance, the unimaginable scale of aristocratic gardens in the 17th century, the transition to natural, romantic gardens in the 18th century and the garden's association with family life in the 19th century.
Included are over 150 paintings, drawings, books, manuscripts and decorative arts from the Royal Collection, as well as some of the earliest surviving records of gardens and plants. Artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt van Rijn are featured.