Gardens in Time, the Ancient Garden Affair is a garden show with a difference!
Part of the Palace site is a Roman garden – the oldest known formal garden in the country. Reconstructed from archaeological evidence, the hedges, trees and flower beds are planted directly into the bedding pits and trenches left by the Romans, enabling visitors to step back in time to the grounds as they were two thousand years ago.
Set around the reconstructed Roman garden at the Palace, the aim is to present familiar garden plants and features in an unfamiliar way. Tours will explain how pergolas, ponds and statuary have been in use since ancient times and why they first appeared. There will be a cornucopia of horticulturalists, gardeners, garden historians and creatives on hand to lead you through the history of gardens.