Reflections on English Landscape Gardens Today
Through their pioneering work as designers, visionaries, and businessmen, Brown and Repton changed the English landscape to make it one of England’s most defining aesthetic accomplishments. While many of the landscapes created by Brown and Repton have been altered or completely lost, there are still a number of properties that retain Brown and Repton features.
As the landscape movement continued onward after Brown and Repton, and modern conventions facilitated travel and cultural exchange, landscapes and gardens saw an influx of foreign plants, a growing interest in exotic species and conservatories to house them, and a variety of garden and architectural styles that were influenced by different cultures. Interest in botany and plant collecting surged through England and inspired more immediate and intimate connections to the natural world through gardening. The importance of gardening and landscapes in English culture is still seen today through cultural resources and publications and is perhaps best documented in the magazine Country Life.