A talk by the Gardens trust (Cherrill Sands)
Painshill was the vision of Charles Hamilton, an artist, plantsman, and brilliantly gifted imaginative designer. He was inspired by two Grand Tours, landscape painting and new, exotic plant introductions from NE America, to create one of the finest English landscape gardens. Using contrasts in architectural style, landform and planting, Hamilton created a garden of illusion and mood. His circuit route revealed a series of scenes, continually changing, surprising and mystifying, intended to stimulate the senses and emotions of the visitor – a journey of discovery and delight.