Nineteenth Century High Victorian Gardens
Garden and Landscapes / History / International

Nineteenth Century High Victorian Gardens


The nineteenth century horticulture found in Europe is both vast and confusing. There was a significant leap in garden design and this created a long list of notable garden. This makes it difficult to select only a few to encompass all the developments in style, ideas and approaches that emerged during the era. Two particular styles comes to … Continue reading

Het Loo Garden the “Versailles of Holland”
Garden and Landscapes / International / Netherlands

Het Loo Garden the “Versailles of Holland”


After the emense success of Vaux-le-Vicomte and Versailles in France, inspiration of great magnitude spread through Europe. The french formal garden became the obsession of garden designers – they coveted it’s size, fame and it’s ability to manipulate nature. So sprung a series of gardens throughout the continent that would mimic formal vocabulary. This included … Continue reading

The Crystal Palace: Home to the Great Exhibition of 1851
England / History / International

The Crystal Palace: Home to the Great Exhibition of 1851


Crystal Palace, Joseph Paxton, London, 1851 As I had discussed in my post concerning suspension bridges from the nineteenth century, new materials were starting to gain popularity amongst construction of the newer architectural designs. In London, architects experimented with the implementation of a structure made entirely of iron and glass – the Crystal Palace. It’s main function was to … Continue reading

Humphry Repton
England / Garden and Landscapes / History / International

Humphry Repton


Humphry Repton (1752 – 1818) was one of the last greatest English landscape designers of the eighteenth century. He mastered both his craft and self-promotion. Repton had several commissions of gardens and with his growing popularity, he had decided to publish a book of Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening in 1795. This book followed the layout … Continue reading

El Escorial. San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain.
Historic Preservation / History / International / Spain

El Escorial. San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain.


San Lorenzo de El Escorial is of great significance to Spanish Renaissance architecture. Located merely 45 kilometers from Madrid, some of the most trained spanish renaissance architects exercised their abilities to create a city fit for the King of Spain. El Escorial In present day El Escorial operates as a monastery, royal palace, museum and … Continue reading