Fashionable from the late 1700s, the picturesque style of garden was the terrain of the rich. Evocative ancient ruins, quaint caves, hidden symbolism and asymmetrical landscaping were features of picturesque European estates. With a kiwi can-do attitude, Europeans began to transplant picturesque gardens onto New Zealand soils. In support of Hamilton Garden’s newest ‘fantasy’ garden, the Picturesque Garden which is open to the public from Tuesday 5 November, this exhibition looks at the way New Zealanders engaged with the idea of the picturesque.
Education programmes are available for this exhibition.
Image: Jan Zachariasz Frey after Zygmunt Vogel, Widok świątyni Diany w Arkadii (The Temple of Diana at Arkadia), 1807. Collection of National Museum in Warsaw