'Capability' Brown exhibition at Ashridge

2016 is the three hundredth anniversary of 'Capability' Brown's birth and here at Ashridge we are having an exhibition to celebrate.

'Capability' Brown's Golden Valley

Not everyone knows Ashridge's Golden Valley but it is certainly worth finding as it is recognised as one of 'Capability' Brown's masterpieces.

Born in 1716, the son of a farmer and he started his career in the vegetable garden of Kirkharle Hall, in Northumberland. By 23 he was working at Wotton in Buckinghamshire, a very long way from home.

Within a year he had moved to Stowe in Buckinghamshire where he was promoted to head gardener at the age of 25. Humphrey Repton attributed his success to a ‘natural quickness of perception and his habitual correctness of observation’. Less kind observers suggest Lord Cobham wanted a young man that would do his bidding without argument.

There are many more fascinating facts about 'Capability' Brown and his work to be seen in the exhibition which opens on Wednesday April 20th.

We also have a guided walk with our very knowledgeable park ranger to look at the Old Park and the Golden Valley on May 22nd.

Golden Valley arcing round the great Lawn at Ashridge House
Ariel view of the Golden Valley at Ashridge Herts
Golden Valley arcing round the great Lawn at Ashridge House

The walk will take you to see Brown's beautiful creation

The exhibition in the visitor centre exhibition room will be open from 10am until 5pm every day from April 20th and entry is free.

Free 'Create your Brownian landscape' children's activity.