East Molesey in Surrey County, England, United Kingdom
The Broad Walk
These gardens have been famous for their displays of massed bedding plants since they were opened to the public by Queen Victoria (r1837-1901).
Queen Caroline’s flower border Queen Caroline, the wife of George II (r1727-1760), was an enthusiastic gardener. She had the first flower border planted along the half mile long Broad Walk. Today it is the longest mixed flower garden in Britain. It features many old English plants first re-introduced in the 1920’s by palace historian, Ernest Law.
Victorian bedding When Queen Victoria opened these gardens to the public, their busy formal designs, overshadowed by great yew trees, were finally replaced with popular seasonal displays of massed flower bedding.
During the First World War (1914-18) these flower beds were turned over to grow vegetables.
Victorian revival Today, our gardeners carry on the tradition of seasonal bedding displays. The 28 beds of the Great Fountain Garden are planted with bulbs, summer annuals, all grown in the palace nurseries.
Hampton Court holds the National Plant Collections
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Horticulture & Forestry.
Location. 51° 24.159′ N, 0° 20.185′ W. Marker is in East Molesey, England, in Surrey County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Hampton Court Bridge and Hampton Court Road, on the right when traveling north. Located in Hampton Court Palace. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: East Molesey, England KT8 9AS, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Privy Garden (a few steps from this marker); The Great Fountain Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Golden Jubilee Fountain (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); Home Park and the Long Water (about 210 meters away); Barge Walk (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Site of the Toy Inn (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Molesey Riverbank (approx. half a kilometer away); The Family Coat of Arms of Thomas Newland Allen (approx. half a kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East Molesey.
Also see . . .
1. Hampton Court Palace. (Submitted on June 12, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Hampton Court Palace on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 12, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 12, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 62 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 12, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.