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The Tudors Have Arrived: Free Tour of the Tudor Garden

When:

Fri 30 Jan 2015, 2:00pm–3:00pm
Sat 31 Jan 2015, 10:00am–11:00am
Sat 31 Jan 2015, 2:00pm–3:00pm
Sun 1 Feb 2015, 10:00am–11:00am
Sun 1 Feb 2015, 2:00pm–3:00pm

Where: Hamilton Gardens, Cobham Drive, SH1, Hamilton, Waikato

Restrictions: All Ages

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Oliver Cromwell’s Roundheads destroyed many of the world’s original Tudor Gardens, with neglect ruining those that remained. However, this beautiful form of fantasy garden has been recreated at Hamilton Gardens.

Take a tour of the Garden and hear about the fascination sixteenth century English aristocracy had with geometric patterns and symbolism with double meanings.

Admire the intricate knot gardens based on the drawings by Didymus Mountain – the pen-name of sixteenth century writer Thomas Hill – that are surrounded by mythical beasts, an arbour, Elizabethan wall and a stone pavilion based on the pudding house at Montacute House in England.

The carved mythical beasts perch on green and white striped poles throughout the Garden; a griffin, dragon, centaur, phoenix, unicorn, satyr, sea serpent and Bottom and hold sculptural crests of some of the ‘rock stars’ of Tudor times including privateer and slaver Sir Francis Drake, who was notorious for his many plunderous journeys sanctioned by Elizabeth I.

Traditionally Tudor Gardens provided an outdoor setting for fantasy plays or ‘masques’ while the pudding house hosted family who retired in the evening for a third course of fruits, quince and sweet spiced wine.

Hamilton Gardens has an internationally unique concept. It is not a botanical garden. Instead, its concept has been compared to a museum with each garden collection having historic integrity and providing a window into the story of civilisations, their arts, beliefs and life styles. In October, 2014 Hamilton Gardens was awarded International Garden of the Year by the International Garden Tourism Network for this concept.

Visitors are guided on a journey of discovery along paths leading to mysterious surprises: step from a peaceful Sung Dynasty Chinese Scholar’s garden into an Italian Renaissance Garden, before being enthralled by the grandeur of the Indian Char Bagh Garden. Hamilton Gardens has 21 themed garden areas with more being developed.

The Gardens is currently constructing four new gardens within four years. The future gardens include: the Concept Garden which will be an extension of conceptual art and will refer to the New Zealand landscape, the Surrealist Garden with giant robotic mysterious, surrealist moving topiary figures, the Mansfield Garden will recreate the early 20th Century New Zealand garden described in Katherine Mansfield’s famous short story ‘The Garden Party’ and the Picturesque Garden which will reflect the popular 18th Century picturesque garden movement that was inspired by painting and a new appreciation for wild romantic landscapes.

Admission to the Gardens is free. The Gardens is closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Please meet at the Hamilton Gardens Information Centre.

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