There have been gardens at Knebworth House since at least the 17th Century, but the present layout dates largely from the Edwardian era. The architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, who married into the Lytton family, simplified the ornate beds and statuary of the Victorian garden with lawns and avenues of pollarded lime trees. Lutyens created ‘garden rooms’ with each area having a different feel depending on the planting.
Popular features of the 28 acre formal gardens include a maze, the walled kitchen garden and the sunken lawn with its reflective pool. The Herb Garden was recreated in 1982 from Gertrude Jekyll’s ‘quincunx’ or five-circled 1907 design.
Each generation has enhanced the gardens and the recent wood carvings around the garden are particularly interesting. Visitors may use the tennis court, and equipment is available to hire from the Gift shop.
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Knebworth House is committed to ‘green’ sustainable gardening in a chemical-free environment wherever it is possible. Our fresh vegetables and herbs are often used by the chefs for banquets and in the Tea Room recipes.
Our Dinosaur Trail in the Wilderness Garden is popular with younger visitors. The 72 life-sized dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures can be found grazing amongst the shrubbery. There are information boards throughout the area and a huge chalk board for creating your own ‘cave-man drawings’. Exploring the woodland paths, children can learn about the T-Rex, the Woolly Mammoth and other fascinating pre-historic creatures. A dinosaur trail quiz is available from the Gift shop to keep children busy.