King George IV‘s former Brighton palace defies description, although Taj Mahal West seems pretty apt. ;) Completed in 1823, this blend of minarets and onion domes is an arresting sight against the bright blue sky.
The Pavilion and Gardens were designed by architect John Nash and William Townsend Aiton, founder of the Royal Horticultural Society. Both viewed buildings and landscapes as part of a picturesque whole, combining trees, shrubs and plants along carriageways leading to the Palace.
Their goal was to create the accidental effects of the “countryside” in a series of changing patterns as people approached the building.
In the early 2000s, the gardens were revamped to exacting standard and historic accuracy. Everything growing today is typical of the Regency Period. Strolling the grounds is like stepping back in time!
This next image is one of my favorites from our entire trip. :) What a beautiful Buddleia!
Unexpected textures and shapes were everywhere. Look at these Hydrangeas!
My knowledge of Mediterranean zone plants is fairly lacking! Might this be Killarney Strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo?) The leaves don’t look quite right, but what a pretty shrub!
I’ve Googled (hard!) and also asked a few gardening friends about this next “unknown.” No luck! Any ideas?
I do however know Fuchsia! I grew quite a few in Massachusetts and was thrilled to see this vibrant specimen!
The Asters were everywhere, but I liked these best:
As we were leaving, I noticed something else I couldn’t quite identify. Eupatorium? Some kind of Verbena? Oy..I have a lot to learn! :) (Nice iron scrolled fencing, though!)
For further info and scheduled events, check out the Royal Pavilion official site.
Until next time!
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- Brighton and Hove, Part 1 (smallhousebiggarden.wordpress.com)