Britain’s master gardener of the late 1700s, Capability Brown, designed at Belvoir Castle what he considered his greatest work. But he died before his plans were carried out and thus Britain lost
what Brown intended as a monument to his life’s work - his living legacy. At Belvoir, Emma the Duchess of Rutland with the assistance of Alan Titchmarsh will oversee the resurrection of Brownian elements in the landscape using inspiration from Brown's original design. This programme will be interwoven with visits to other Capability Brown landscapes to illustrate this great gardener's thinking and to show his progression from novice landscaper/architect to the most in demand creative of his age. In this episode we look at how Brown’s use of trees and shrubs was masterful, planning landscapes for generations to come. We see how he took advantage of the plant hunters newly returned from around the globe and his building of relationships with the best nurseries in the country. His legacy of trees now 300 years old includes his signature plant…the magnificent Cedar of Lebanon.