Celebrate Capability Brown’s 300th birthday at a free open day at Stowe.
Wednesday August 31 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth the most successful gardener in British history – Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown – and it all started at Stowe.
To celebrate, Stowe will be opening the doors to its house and gardens free of charge from 10am to 6pm on the day, so local people can soak up the magnificent legacy he left on the Bucks landscape.
The National Trust, Stowe House Preservation Trust and Stowe Church are working together to create a whole day of activities for people to choose from as well as going behind the scenes to discover areas not usually open to the public.
Explore the 250 acres of landscape gardens and 750 acres of parkland; take a Capability Brown tour of the gardens; head to Brown’s masterpiece at the Temple of Concord and Victory to enjoy works by the Embroiderers’ Guild; listen to authors, scholars and the head gardener give pop-up talks across the site; discover the history of a family once richer than the King in the Stowe House Welcome Discovery Centre; take tours of the house; climb Lord Cobham’s Pillar; and talk to the experts helping to restore Stowe.
General manager Jane Greenhaf said: “Stowe is truly a garden of international significance where the art form of landscape gardening was pioneered and developed.
“The Grecian Valley and the parkland are amongst Lancelot ‘Capability’ Browns most influential pieces of work and something Buckinghamshire can be proud of.
“As a charity we rely on the support of the public.
“Your generous support over the years has helped us transform Stowe and we’d love to welcome you along to join in the festival feeling on Wednesday August 31.”