Garden visit in Surrey
The Friends of Czech Heritage held a garden visit in Surrey on 18th September 2015, organised by one of the founders of The Friends, Ian Kennaway. It started with Painshill, a beautiful 158-acre 18th-Century landscape garden, including the restored crystal grotto, historic planting, a collection of North American trees and shrubs, and spectacular views across lakes to the Turkish tent, and over Surrey beyond. The party then moved on to The Homewood, near Esher, Surrey, a sizeable country villa completed in 1938, designed and lived in by the architect Patrick Gwynne. He died in 2003 and the house and substantial garden were bequeathed to the National Trust, which now lets the property.
Gardens such as Painshill had an influence on estates in the Czech Republic, such as Krásný Dvůr, the subject of an article in our Newsletter Number 7 contributed by Prof. PhDr. Pavel Vlček, a research fellow at the Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Holmwood can be seen in the context of the Villa Tugendhat in Brno, dating from 1930.