Grounds and Gardens
The formal gardens at Harlaxton Manor were created as an integral feature of the stately home built by Gregory Gregory. In the context of the times, surrounding garden spaces and features provided recreation, a connection to nature, possibilities for social interaction, and an appreciation of moods set by varying types of contrived and natural outdoor spaces. More than 160 years later, the essential purpose of the Gardens remains unchanged.
Highlights of the Gardens include French-style terraces, an Italian Garden, a Dutch ornamental canal, and English landscape walks. The Conservatory is virtually unique in design and use of architectural elements. The 6.5 acre walled garden is one of the largest in Britain and we've big plans for it!
Gregory Gregory's vision for the manor was influenced by his own travels around England and Europe and his desire to merge multiple architectural styles into one. Gregory was a bachelor with no children, and when he died the manor was passed on to an older cousin.
The manor continued to be passed through the family until 1937, when it was purchased by entrepreneur and social campaigner, Violet Van der Elst. After Violet, the manor was passed on to the Society of Jesus, who eventually leased the property to Stanford University.
In 1970, Dr. Wallace Graves sub-leased the manor for the University of Evansville and it was then purchased in 1978 by Dr. William Ridgway. Dr. Ridgway officially transferred ownership of the manor to the University of Evansville in 1986.
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