Repton at Gotts Park: Exhibition comes to Armley


A North of England Horticultural Society exhibition for last year’s Harrogate Autumn Flower Show is coming to Gotts Park in Armley this spring.

Tracing the life and works of the 18th century’s last great landscape designer, the exhibition at Gotts Park Mansion will focus on Humphry Repton’s commission for Benjamin Gott at Armley House, now Gotts Park.

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Humphry Repton

Keen to fill the gap left by the death of the renowned Capability Brown, his overnight success was largely attributed not only to his talent for design, but also to the Red Book he produced for clients to help them visualise his plans. The original Red Book for Armley House is now at the Oak Spring Garden Foundation in the USA.

A specially commissioned digital animation of the Armley Red Book narrated by Jeremy Irons will also be on display, allowing visitors to step inside and experience the magic of Repton’s designs.

Guided walks and other events will also be taking place in Gotts and Armley Parks. For more information visit the Wade’s Charity website.

The exhibition opens to the public on Friday 1 March until Tuesday 30 April, from 10am to 3pm daily. Admission is free.

The exhibition is hosted by Gotts Park Golf Club, in association with Wade’s Charity (who own Gotts Park) with support from Leeds City Council Parks & Countryside Service, North of England Horticultural Society (Harrogate Flower Shows), The Garden Museum, London, The Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, The Yorkshire Gardens Trust, GARLAND (The Garden & Heritage Trust, York) and the Friends of Armley and Gotts Park.


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