The Garden Guide

Strawberry Hill Garden

Horace Walpole's house, with a wing added in the nineteenth century. The garden space is interesting mainly for its view of the house which belonged to the author of the most informative and entertaining essay on English garden design in the eighteenth century. The architectural style is known as 'Strawberry Hill Gothic'.

Head Gardener's Comment

Strawberry Hill is significant in its own right as an outstanding historic landscape and also as a setting for the Grade I listed house. The site is listed as Grade II* on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest and is therefore considered to be of national importance and exceptional interest. Historic importance is also recognised in its status as Metropolitan Open Land in the Richmond Borough Council Unitary Development Plan (UDP).

Strawberry Hill is one of the most significant surviving villas along the Thames, and a property of outstanding importance. It is considered one of the most important monuments of eighteenth century architecture and landscape design. In terms of its landscape, although the water meadows that separated the gardens from the Thames have now been developed, the core of the gardens remains intact. The development of the gardens started at the time Horace Walpole acquired Strawberry Hill in 1747 and continued until his death in 1797. Further additions to the gardens were made during the 19th century, most notably during the occupation by Lady Waldegrave, but it is Walpole’s intervention that provides the greatest significance and interest.

Photograph © Friends of Strawberry Hill
Photograph © Friends of Strawberry Hill

Plants of note

The choice of trees, shrubs and plants within the grounds of Strawberry Hill be drawn from the following:

1) Those recorded in historical documents e.g. nursery bills or known from field survey to have been planted at Strawberry Hill up to the end of the 18th century.

2) Traditional 18th-century and older plants likely to have been used at Strawberry Hill.

Strawberry Hill House, 268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, London, Greater London, England, TW1 4ST

March 2nd - November 6th 2013. Open Saturday till Wednesday. From 2:00pm till 4:30pm. Gardens open dawn till dusk every day.

Garden Free. House Adult (Gift Aid) £8.40 English Heritage member (Gift Aid) Please bring your membership card with you when you visit. £7.40 National ArtPass Holder (Gift Aid) Please bring your National ArtPass card with you when you visit. £7.40 Over 60 (Gift Aid) £7.40 Child (Gift Aid) 5-18 years £5.25 Student (Gift Aid) in full time education £5.25 Under 5 (Gift Aid) FREE Under 5 - Early Bird Guided Tour (Gift Aid) FREE Family (Gift Aid) Two adults and up to three children - counts as 4 admissions £21.00 Disabled/Receiving Jobseekers Allowance (Gift Aid) The long-term disabled, the unemployed £7.40 Carer accompanying a disabled person (Gift Aid) FREE Carer accompanying a disabled person - Early Bird Guided Tour (Gift Aid) FREE

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