The Repton Gazette and Brown Advisor

300 Frequently Asked Questions about Capability Brown, and a further 200 about Humphry Repton

Tag: Painshill

133: What is a view?

Dr Z K, an ecologist well-known to Eastern Europe and the Hungarian steppe, led me, without explanation, to the site of the Temple of Bacchus at Painshill, whence run those panoramic views to the south, far across the M25 and to the smiling pastures of Effingham Junction.

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91: How did Brown find out about clover?

Clover improves the mix

Clover improves the mix

That marvelous magus of mystery and magic, Capability Brown, added white clover to his grass seed when making good after earthworking, as at Longleat and Stowe in the 1750’s, at Chatsworth in 1763, at Sandbeck in 1774, at Milton Abbey in 1776 and, very likely, whenever called upon to resow grassland.

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