AR­LING­TON’S LAND­SCAPE

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The land­scape of Ar­ling­ton Court re­ceived a makeover dur­ing Queen Vic­to­ria’s reign. Walks and drives pro­vided a se­ries of contrasting gar­dens and ex­pe­ri­ences. Open lawns al­lowed for dis­tant views to fea­tures such as the church tower, sur­rounded by trees and shrub­bery. The flower gar­den has a ter­race with steps to each new level, and a pond with two or­na­men­tal herons nearby. The herba­ceous borders re­flect the Vic­to­rian feel of the gar­den.

The walled kitchen gar­den would have pro­vided the house­hold with fresh food and flow­ers. To­day it is main­tained in Vic­to­rian style, with fruit trees trained along the walls and rows of soft fruits.

In the Vic­to­rian pin­ery, the fam­ily grew pineap­ples, and the re­mains are still vis­i­ble. How­ever, it be­came a fern­ery when fash­ions changed and by the early 20th cen­tury, was quite ne­glected.

Fi­nally, there’s an av­enue of mon­key-puz­zle trees along the west drive and an obelisk, which was erected in the south-east park to com­mem­o­rate Queen Vic­to­ria’s Golden Ju­bilee.

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