Gardening Magazine

Enfilade at Petworth

By Danielcarruthers

Nope, me neither – but now I know that this means a series of rooms – or in this case walled gardens – with doorways or arches that are aligned on a single axis so that you can look along their entire length. This is done to stunning effect in the private gardens at Petworth, although the origins of the layout is actually function rather than form. The grand archways were lined up so that a horse and cart could pass from one end of the gardens to the other picking up produce from the then productive gardens.

mature shrubs aside garden archway at Petworth
<img src="http://blog.theenduringgardener.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/large-stone-walls-archways-and-mature-planting-at-Petworth-512x384.jpeg" height="375" width="500" alt="mature shrubs aside garden archway at Petworth" />
<img src="http://blog.theenduringgardener.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/urn-from-another-angle-through-an-archway-512x384.jpeg" height="375" width="500" alt="archway with keystone at Petworth" />
<img src="http://blog.theenduringgardener.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/view-through-3-archways-512x384.jpeg" height="375" width="500" alt="Verdant growth surrounds this archway" />
<img src="http://blog.theenduringgardener.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/view-through-archway-to-urn-512x384.jpeg" height="375" width="500" alt="This Enfilade looks onto a large stone urn" />
<img src="http://blog.theenduringgardener.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/wooden-doors-flung-open-to-topiary-512x384.jpeg" height="375" width="500" alt="gates flung open to reveal spectacular view of Petworth" />

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