Garden Open Days 2020
The garden at Spencer House will be open to the public every Sunday this summer as part of a special combined tour of the House and grounds.
Originally designed in the eighteenth century by Henry Holland (son-in-law to Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown), the half-acre garden was among the grandest in the West End. Restored since 1990 by RIT Capital Partners, under the Chairmanship of Lord Rothschild, the garden, with a delightful view of the adjacent Royal Park, now evokes its original layout. Paths and lawn have been reinstated along with a number of plants and shrubs suggested by early nineteenth-century nursery lists.
Contemporary cultivars have also been introduced to increase interest throughout the flowering season. Working with Butterfly Conservation and the London Beekeepers’ Association, appropriate nectar plants have been selected to encourage pollinators and the grounds are maintained sensitively without the use of pesticides. In this way, the evolving garden continues to complement the town palace it was intended to adorn in a contemporary manner.
Garden Historian Todd Longstaffe-Gowan guided the restoration and continues to give advice to this day. Following a tour of the House, our Blue Badge guides will provide an introduction to the garden and its setting overlooking The Green Park. Following this you will be free to explore and enjoy the grounds at leisure. Todd will be giving a lecture at Spencer House on Georgian Gardens, click here for further details.