|Painswick Rococo Garden|
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The origins of Painswick Garden can be traced back to 1730 when George Hyett built a substantial Georgian country home, now known as Painswick House. On his death the property passed to his son Benjamin, who in the 1740's transformed a hidden coombe behind the house into a flamboyant pleasure garden, which was captured on canvas by local artist Thomas Robins.
The garden fell into neglect and eventually degenerated into an untamed jungle. Restoration of the Garden commenced in 1984, following an exhibition of Thomas Robins paintings in 1976, coupled with a resurgence of interest in early 18th century gardens, .
Painswick Garden was recognised as the sole complete survivor from the brief Rococo period of English garden design lasting from 1720-1760. Restoration began with private funding but in 1988, control of the garden was transferred to the Painswick Rococo Garden charitable Trust.
Today the six acre garden is now nearly completely restored to the scene shown in Robins painting. The garden combines the formality of long vistas and geometric patterns with informal paths, off-centered design and a number of fascinating architectural building designs.
I found the garden to be relatively small and as such could be viewed in about an hour, but for people with a special interest in historical gardens it will provide a fascinating visit.
The garden is located south of Cheltenham off the M5 on the B4073.