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An oil painting of a garden party at Buckingham Palace. Queen Victoria and Alexandra, Princess of Wales are returning to the Palace in an open carriage pulled by two grey horses; in the garden, on the left, the Prince of Wales is conversing to a couple in

Their history, form and function

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The East Terrace Garden, Windsor Castle c.1900

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This photograph from around 1900 shows some of the gardeners working in the East Terrace Garden. At this time the Head Gardener was Owen Thomas, who had eight foreman gardeners working under him.

By 1902, a ‘Bothy’ was built in the Royal Gardens in the Home Park to house twenty-two gardeners. We know from plans of the water supply in the garden that there was a stand for a water pipe for use by the gardeners roughly where the gardener is working in the background to the right of the fountain (just visible next to the statue, in the centre of the photograph). The use of topiary and formal flower beds is similar to the layout of the garden today.

In 1959, Prince Philip commissioned a bronze lotus flower fountain that now stands as the centre piece of the round pond.