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Syon House Reflection - The Great Conservatory | by Christopher A Strickland Photography
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Syon House Reflection - The Great Conservatory

Within the 200 acres of parkland designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown from the 1750s to 1770s, there are 40 acres of gardens and an ornamental lake. These gardens are renowned for their extensive collection of 200 species of rare trees.

The crowning glory of Syon Park's gardens is the Great Conservatory. The 3rd Duke of Northumberland commissioned Charles Fowler to build a new conservatory in 1826, the first of its kind to be built out of gunmetal, Bath stone and glass. It was originally designed to act as a show house for the Duke's exotic plants and inspired Joseph Paxton in his designs for the Crystal Palace.

This is the "fountain" with a bronze statue of Hermes (or Mercury) and lovely pond lillies. Many rare and unique beautiful flowering plants are kept in the conservatory today. Weddings and special occasions are held here as well.

-info from the Syon Park website.

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Taken on August 27, 2012