Rococo Gardens
from 1720 to 1760

Popular at the same time as Arcadian gardens, the main objective of a Rococo garden (the rough rocks ‘rocaille’ and shellwork ‘coquille’) was light-hearted and depicted scenes of love, nature and amorous encounters. The two types of garden shared similarities with the use of grass, clumps of trees and water but instead of the classical temples and pavilions of the Arcadian design, Rococo gardens had a wider mix of Gothick, Chinese and Turkish buildings. They also had ‘s-shaped’ paths which wound their way over streams and through woodland.

Benjamin Hyett developed the Rococo garden at Painswick c.1744. It was created as a theatrical backdrop for Hyett to hold lavish parties and entertain his guests with its serpentine paths and brightly coloured buildings.

It is the only rococo garden in England that is open to the public.

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