Please note the display houses at the Victorian Flower Garden are currently closed and will remain closed during Level 2.
In the Victorian Flower Garden there are really two themes. Firstly, the garden and greenhouses featuring plants bred for colour and curiosity; and secondly, a 19th century garden in the English gardenesque tradition.
This kind of design does not seek to emulate nature. Instead it is a display of the skill of the gardener, for example, in the care of exotic plants or the perfectly clipped lawn.
It included many of the elements typical of the gardenesque tradition such as greenhouses, 'smooth' lawn, some novelty specimen trees, formal bedding, mixed borders, shrubbery, and curved gravel walks.
From the late 19th century till the 1960's municipal parks generally preserved the Victorian gardenesque style but since the 1960's many have been lost to changing tastes and the pressure to reduce maintenance.