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 influential and entertaining essay On Modern GardeningBy a mile, this is the most brilliant and most influential essay ever written on English garden history. For two centuries it mapped the whole landscape of the subject. But the essay is profoundly misleading, with its last words being the most misleading: 'With pleasure therefore I resign my pen; presuming to recommend nothing to my successor, but to observe as strict impartiality'. 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1) Those recorded in historical documents e.g. nursery bills or known from field survey to have been planted at Strawberry Hill up to the end of the 18th century.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

November to February: The House is typically open on Sundays from 11am-4pm, and on Mondays 12-4pm. Last admission to the house is one hour before closing. We welcome drop-in visits. March to October: The House is typically open on Sundays from 11am-5pm, and Monday through Wednesday 12-4.30pm. Last admission to the house is one hour before closing. Pre-booking for House entry is required for weekday visits during March to October. Please note that we are not open on Saturdays. Opening times are subject to change due to events taking place in the House & Garden. Garden open 10am to 5pm daily. See Strawberry Hill website for house opening information. Café opening times are from 11am-4pm on days the house is open for visiting.

Garden free House Admission: Adult: £12.50 Under 16s: Free Carers: Free National Trust: 50% off standard adult tickets Art Fund: 50% off standard adult tickets Student: 50% off standard adult tickets Blue Badge Holders: 50% off standard adult tickets English Heritage, Richmond Card, Southwest Trains & Actives Days Out: 2 for 1 on standard adult tickets Voluntary Gift Aid Donation A voluntary gift aid donation allows entrance to the house and enables us to claim an additional 25% Gift Aid on your donation. Adult: £14.00 National Trust: £7.00 Art Fund: £7.00 Student: £7.00 Blue Badge Holders: £7.00 English Heritage, Richmond Card, Southwest Trains & Actives Days Out: 2 for 1 on adult entry donation Prices for standard self-guided visit. Guided tours available for groups of 15 persons or more, visit website to see upcoming public guided tours.

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