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Stowe Garden

 The National Trust Stowe Landscape Gardens Nr.  Buckingham, MKI8 5EH

Tel: 01280 822850
Email:  stowegarden@ntrust.org.uk


STOWE LANDSCAPE GARDENS is an epic garden,  adorned with arches, temples, bridges and monuments - the sheer scale making it  Britain's largest work of art. The gardens are made up of vistas and valleys,  narrow lakes and rivers with more than 30 temples and monuments designed by many  of the leading architects of the 18th Century. The creation of the Temple  family, Stowe has been described as a work to wonder at in its size, splendour  and variety.

There are over seven miles of breathtaking garden walks  taking in these stunning views.

There are a further 1000 acres of free  parkland to explore, (the area outside the perimeter of the gardens).

Since The National Trust acquired the gardens in 1989, many of the  buildings and temples have been conserved, and thousands of new trees and shrubs  have been planted. Work is ongoing on both the gardens and parkland. (Stowe Park  was created in the 1630s by Sir Richard Temple and was closely tended and  embellished through successive generations. Sadly disaster struck in 1848 when  the 2nd Duke of Buckingham was declared bankrupt, and the parkland was sadly  neglected for the next 150 years). The National Trust is committed to reversing  these years of neglect, and are planning to plant over three and a half thousand  trees, which have been purchased with the aid of a grant from the Heritage  Lottery Fund

Recent Restoration Projects in the gardens  include :

Lord Cobham (over-looking the Grecian Valley)

The original statue of Lord Cobham in full Roman armour was knocked from  its vantage point atop the tallest of Stowes monuments in 1957. The 11 foot  high statue was struck by lightening and shattered, only the head, a small piece  of tunic and one of the hands surviving.

After nearly 50 years absence,  the replica statue was reinstated on Wednesday 30th May of this year, with the  help of English Heritage Grant Aid.

The new statue, weighing nearly 5  tonnes and carved from Portland stone, was created by sculptor Time Rees of  Cliveden Conservation following extensive research into the work of the original  artist.

After over 40 years absence, Lord Cobham once more surveys the  gardens he created, and can be seen to the East of the Grecian Valley.

Statue of Venus in The Rotondo

The state of Venus was  removed in the 1770s was only returned to her rightful place last year as part  of the ongoing English Heritage funded restoration programme. The gilded Venus  now once more takes her pride of place in the Rotondo to be admired by  all.

Didos Cave

Didos cave was demolished in the 1960s  as it had become so overgrown. It is now back on display after painstaking  restoration, with new planting of eighteenth century plant varieties around the  entrance, based on new research into the types of plant once seen at  Stowe.

The cave itself is lined with crystals, shells and contorted  rockwork, added to the classical shape of the original baroque  temple.


Events 2002

There are no shortage of events at  Stowe Landscape Gardens this year!

On Sunday  14th April a MEDIEVAL DAY will be taking place in the Gardens, with medieval  knights duelling, period music, ferret racing and various fun-filled  activities.

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April see the return of the  popular KITE FESTIVAL. Spectators can enjoy expert demonstrations, workshops and  the opportunity to build their own kite!

Other events include a WINE  TASTING on JUNE 23rd, FAMILY FUN DAYS on May 19th and September 8th, an  ARCHAEOLOGY DAY on August 11th and a TREE WALK and FUNGUS TRAIL planned for the  autumn.

The hi-light of the programme is a 1940s weekend on Saturday  27th and Sunday 28th July when the Gardens will be transformed with the sights  and sounds of the 40 s. the GLENN MILLER TRIBUTE ORCHESTRA will headline on the  evening of Saturday 27th July, with a spectacular firework display bringing the  evening to a stunning finale.

Call 01280 818815 for an events  leaflet.

The gardens are open right through until December 22nd , daily  except Mon and Tuesday. Opening hours do vary from season to season- call the  information line on 01280 822850 for further details. The park is open all year  round from dawn to dusk.

Opening Times:

2 March to 22  Dec: daily except Mon & Tues (open BH Mons and Tues 4 June) (closed Sat 25  May).

Times: March to Oct 10-5.30; last admission 4, Nov and Dec 10-4,  last admission 3.

Gardens 4.80; Child 2.40; family 12. Parkland free.  Group bookings by arrangement.

Directions:

Located 3ml NW  of Buckingham via Stowe Avenue, off A422 Buckingham - Banbury Road.

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