New publication from the Royal Collection

Release date: 
Monday, 24 November 2003

The Garden at Buckingham Palace: An Illustrated History

By Jane Brown, photographs by Christopher Simon Sykes. Published July 2004.

The garden at Buckingham Palace, the famous setting for The Queen's Garden Parties and last year's Golden Jubilee Concerts, is one of the largest private gardens in London. Yet its history, from a 17th-century mulberry plantation to today's 'walled oasis in the middle of London', remains virtually unknown.  In this new publication from the Royal Collection, the distinguished garden historian Jane Brown presents for the first time the fascinating story of the Buckingham Palace garden, examining how changes in taste and use have influenced its design over the centuries.

Drawing on previously unpublished material from the Royal Archives, the book is lavishly illustrated with contemporary maps and plans and exquisite drawings and paintings from the Royal Collection.  It traces the garden's transformation from the first formal layout created by the Duke of Buckingham to the naturalistic landscaping introduced by George IV as part of his conversion of Buckingham House into a palace. The story continues into the present reign, showing the use of the garden in the private and public life of the Royal Family. In recent years the natural environment has been allowed to flourish, and the garden now boasts 350 species of wild flowers.

The accompanying photographs by Christopher Simon Sykes record the changing character of Buckingham Palace garden over a year - from the ghostly shapes of snowy winter mornings to carpets of spring flowers, and from the spectacular herbaceous  borders  of  the  summer  months  to  the  autumn  tints  of  over  200  types of trees.
Publication details

The Garden at Buckingham Palace: An Illustrated History
Published by the Royal Collection, July 2004
Hardback, 315 x 252 mm (12" x 10")
224 pages, 200 colour illustrations, including 100 specially commissioned photographs.
Plant list, bibliography and index
ISBN 1 902163 82 6   Price £30.00 (hardback)

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