Stowe features on the £1.33 Royal Mail postage stamp released to celebrate the tercentenary of Capability Brown.
The scale and beauty of Stowe has attracted visitors for over 300 years. Picture-perfect views, winding paths, lakeside walks and temples create a timeless landscape, full of hidden meaning.
Starting as under-gardener to William Kent, Brown rose through the ranks to head gardener. He sculpted the large Grecian Valley with views out to his parkland, with monumentally large temples sitting atop the high points whilst naturalising the shapes of the Octagon and Eleven Acre Lakes. Until 30 October, 10am-5pm daily you can visit the Temple of Concord and Victory to find out more about his work at Stowe and enjoy a traditional cup of tea overlooking Brown’s masterpiece.
Stowe was also Brown’s home for 10 years and witnessed many life changing events; he married at Stowe Parish Church and started a family. Lord Cobham’s patronage allowed Brown to travel across the country to wealthy estates, advising landowners that their estates had ‘capabilities’ and suggesting changes. Following Cobham’s death, Brown struck out as a consultant, making Stowe his first and only ever place of employment.
A real gem for those on the trail of Brown’s gardens, Stowe is still defined by the style of the eighteenth century with 250 acres of landscape, 750 acres of parkland and over 40 temples and monuments to explore. Since acquiring the gardens in the late 1980s, the National Trust has been working to restore Stowe to its eighteenth-century gardening heyday.
On 31 August, 10am-6pm Stowe will be opening its doors FREE of charge together with Stowe House and Stowe Church with a huge array of activities on to entertain the family. In the autumn, there will be a series of self-led and guided walks from sketching to meeting the gardeners to picnicing with the National Trust's Gardens and Parks Historian, Richard Wheeler.
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About the Author: Melanie Whitrow is Marketing Officer; Stowe & Aylesbury Vale Portfolio, National Trust.