Capability Brown

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Brown, Capability

(Lancelot Brown), 1715–83, English landscape gardener, b. Kirkharle, Northumberland. The leading landscape gardener of his time, he is known for designing gardens that broke with the French formal tradition. He favored a distinctively English style of grandly picturesque, natural-appearing, and asymmetrically structured landscapes replete with groves of trees, expansive lawns, meandering streams, and sylvan lakes. Brown began as a young gardener to the gentry and, working at the famous gardens at Stowe during the 1740s, became a disciple of William KentKent, William,
1685–1748, English landscape gardener, architect, and painter. A minor painter, Kent made ceiling decorations for Kensington Palace. He greatly influenced landscape gardening by changing the prevailing artificial style to one based more closely on nature, as
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. In 1749 he became a consulting gardener and earned his nickname by often telling clients that their properties had "capabilities." Brown created many of the most important gardens of the 18th cent., including those at Petworth House, Kew, Blenheim Palace, Ashburnham Place, and Warwick Castle. He also designed several country houses.
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Taking you through areas landscaped by Capability Brown, a clear day rewards you with views across Worcestershire to Croome's outer eye-catchers and distant follies.
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The gardeners hail from around the world and were active in the past 500 years, such as William Kent, Charles Jenck, Andre Le Nftre, Christopher Bradley-Hole, Capability Brown, Roberto Burle Marx, William Robinson, Claude Monet, Lelia Caetani, Christopher Lloyd, Penelope Hobhouse, Thomas Jefferson, Wen Zhengming, and Piet Oudolf.
If you haven't celebrated Capability Brown's 300th anniversary this year, there's still time to visit his majestic landscapes, while the National Trust offers a wealth of winter wonderlands and the RHS stages a range of horticultural events.
Capability Brown's Unfinished Garden BBC4, 9pm He is generally regarded as the founder of landscape design, who worked on some of the greatest estates in Britain for some of the most influential figures of the 18th century.
Join a free one-hour garden tour where you'll learn about the history of Capability Brown's landscape designs.
GARDEN lovers are quick to recognise the contribution that landscape architect Capability Brown made in transforming outdoor spaces.
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LANDSCAPES created by leading garden designer Capability Brown are being protected to mark the 300th anniversary of his birth.
And Alan Power celebrates the glory of the landscapes of Capability Brown, visiting Croome Court in Worcestershire.

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