This palace just outside of London was built in the 16th century was built by Cardinal Wolsey. It was later taken over by King Henry VIII in a fit of jealousy and became part of the royal properties. In addition to the palace itself, there are sixty acres of fabulous gardens on the property. The gardens include:

  • The Great Vine - The worlds oldest and largest grape vine planted about 1768 by Capability Brown. It still produces about 800 pounds of grapes per year.

  • Great Fountain Gardens - This formal pattern of shaped yews dating back to the reign of William and Mary (1689-1694).

  • Tudor and Elizabethan Knot Gardens

  • Boardwalk

  • Tiltyard

  • Victorian Maze

  • Great Parterre by Daniel Marot

Plant people associated with Hampton Court include: Humphrey Repton and Henry Wise.

Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court
East Molesey
Surrey KT8 9AU

Visited the Palace and Gardens for the second time in the summer of 2003. A picture I took on a previous visit in 1978 gave a view of the box garden that looks exactly as it does today (and probably looked a hundred years ago too).

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