The Garden

From this very garden on the night of 13 March 1781, the amateur astronomer William Herschel (using a homemade telescope) discovered Uranus.  This was the first planet to be identified since the days of the Ancient Greeks.  Stand where Herschel made his monumental discovery – a place where the universe doubled in size when one person looked further into space than anyone else had done beforehand.

The garden has been designed to replicate a planting scheme typical for a Georgian town-house. Laid out symmetrically with cypress trees and a charming arbour of quinces, it is planted with a variety of native medicinal and culinary plants that were known to have been cultivated in 1794.

Several artworks are on view in the garden.  A stone carving by Vivien Mousdell of William and Caroline Herschel mapping the heavens was created to commemorate the 250th anniversary of William’s birth.  The metal seed head installation by sculptor Ruth Moillet is a representation of Uranus within the solar system.

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