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Part of the Queen Mothers Garden, at Walmer Castle, Walmer, Kent

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4737 x 3697 px | 40.1 x 31.3 cm | 15.8 x 12.3 inches | 300dpi

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30 August 2020


Walmer Castle and Gardens, Walmer, Kent

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created by leading garden designer Penelope Hobhouse. Gifted to her upon her 95th birthday, the Queen Mother declared "I have been given many flowers before, but never a garden". he Queen Mother's Garden is designed along classical lines reflecting Penelope Hobhouse' interest in Islamic gardens. The result is a tranquil combination of still water, rich planting and cool shade. An elegant arched pavilion is reflected in the still water of the central rectangular pool. It is surrounded by deep borders with sculptural plants such as tall, purple headed cardoons, deep blue Agapanthus, purple Verbena, scented roses and mauve alliums. In the late spring large terracotta pots are full of brightly coloured tulip varieties, such as 'Rem's Favourite', and the 'Paul's Scarlet' Hawthorn trees around the outside are full of rich red blossom. Walmer Castle is an artillery fort originally constructed by Henry VIII in Walmer, Kent, between 1539 and 1540. It formed part of the King's Device programme to protect against invasion from France and the Holy Roman Empire, and defended the strategically important Downs anchorage off the English coast. Comprising a keep and four circular bastions, the moated stone castle covered 0.61 acres (0.25 ha) and had 39 firing positions on the upper levels for artillery. It cost the Crown a total of £27,092 to build the three castles of Walmer, Sandown, and Deal, which lay adjacent to one another along the coast and were connected by earthwork defences.[a] The original invasion threat passed, but during the Second English Civil War of 1648–49, Walmer was seized by pro-Royalist insurgents and was only retaken by Parliamentary forces after several months' fighting. In the 18th century, Walmer became the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and was gradually modified from a military fortification into a private residence. Various Prime Ministers and prominent politicians were appointed as Lord Warden, including William Pitt,

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