Do you know Stourhead from Athelhampton? Test your garden history knowledge here with our annual quiz. Answers will be published in the New Year.

#1. Which building in south-west England, was described by Christopher Hussey as: ‘the ultimate justification of X is that it does not pretend to be a castle. It is a castle, as a castle is built, of granite, on a mountain, in the twentieth century’.

Dramatic sky with granite building and chapel with forest floor in the foreground

a) Castle Drogo

b) Castle Hill

c) Caerhays Castle

#2. After his return from the Grand Tour in 1741, Henry Hoare created one of the greatest Arcadian landscapes in England. What is its name?

a) Athelhampton

b) Stourhead

c) Dunham Massey

#3. Which garden in Staffordshire includes the Glen, the China Garden, Joss House, the Stumpery as well as the Geological Gallery to display the owner’s collection of rocks and fossils

a) Biddulph Grange

b) Shugborough

c) Trentham

#4. Who was given the Royal Manor of Woodstock in 1705 in gratitude for defeating the French at the Battle of Blenheim?

a) Duke of Marlborough

b) Duke of Norfolk

c) Duke of Devonshire

#5. What was the name of the politician, author, collector and antiquarian who transformed Strawberry Hill House into ‘a gingerbread castle’?

a) Horace Mann

b) Horace Walpole

c) Thomas Gray

#6. Now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett, what is the name of the garden in Sussex that was lovingly created by its owner Christopher Lloyd.

a) Batemans

b) Great Dixter

c) Borde Hill

#7. The main family home of the Marquess of Salisbury is at Hatfield House but what is the name of their house in Dorset?

a) Kingston Lacy

b) Lulworth Castle

c) Cranborne Manor

#8. Who gave Kenwood House to the Nation in 1927?

View of Kenwood House from across the Park with a few trees dotted through the landscape

a) Daniel Guggenheim

b) Henry Ford

c) Lord Iveagh

#9. What garden in Bedfordshire was inspired by the gardens at Versailles?


a) Shuttleworth Swiss Garden

b) Wrest Park

c) Woburn Abbey


#10. Which house in Derbyshire was described by Malcolm Airs as ‘more glass than wall’?

a) Hardwick Hall

b) Melbourne Hall

c) Haddon Hall

#11. Who designed the Fountain of Love for William Waldorf Astor at Cliveden?

a) Auguste Rodin

b) Antoine Bourdelle

c) Thomas Waldo Story

#12. What was the name of the Head Gardener at Chatsworth who went on to design the Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition of 1851 a) William Kent b) Joseph Paxton c) Charles Bridgeman

#13. Which garden in Buckinghamshire was developed for Lord Cobham by Sir John Vanbrugh, Charles Bridgeman, William Kent and ‘Capability’ Brown?

a) Waddesdon Manor

b) Ascott House

c) Stowe

#14. Which sculptor lived and died at their studio in St. Ives in Cornwall?

a) Barbara Hepworth

b) Henry Moore

c) Enid Marx

#15. What is the name of the garden in Cornwall which describes itself as ‘The Eighth Garden Wonder of the World’?

View over garden at Eden Project with magnificent biomes on the right

a) The Lost Gardens of Heligan

b) The Eden Project

c) Glendurgan

#16. What is the name of the Mogul Indian Palace in Gloucestershire which was designed by an English architect who had never been to India?

Central rill flanked by cypresses and leading to facade of mogul palace of Sezincote with copper dome visible

a) Sezincote

b) Blaise Castle

c) Painswick

#17. In what county is the garden which was created by Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson?

a) West Sussex

b) Kent

c) East Sussex

#18. Where in London did the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries establish a physic garden in 1673?

a) Twickenham

b) Kew

c) Chelsea

#19. Which garden beside the River Test in Hampshire has a walled rose garden and a pleached lime walk which was created to echo the house’s monastic beginnings?

a) Mottisfont

b) Houghton Lodge

c) Iford Manor

#20. In 2019, this garden in Somerset had a spectacular display of tulips. What is its name?

a) Hestercombe

b) Forde Abbey

c) Lytes Cary



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