The park has undergone many changes and has the hand of Capabilty Brown as well as other landscape designers. But Thomas de Grey built the present house in c1834 in the French style and had a formal garden laid out.
This is a view of the house from the other side of the crochet lawns. Ha ha! I think that should be croquet lawn! Please click on the photos for a close-up - that ride-on lawn mower is worth a closer look.
The parterres have been restored and beautifully planted. This is a view from the terrace down to the pavilion at the far end of the main lake.
Another view from the terrace.
This is the restored Italian garden.
Although the formal gardens are beautiful it is the magnificent of the trees in the park which seems to make it serene and tranquil retreat even when it was busy with many visitors as it was on Thursday.
New cones on an ancient Cedar
I kept getting left behind as I wanted to take photographs, must go again so I can linger longer.
The really long needles of the Pinus ponderosa - Western Yellow Pine - I did take in some of the talk.
Another view of the pavilion from the end of the lake.
The sun shining through the leaves of the Indian Bean Tree, which I always assumed came from India, but in fact is a native of North America like the mis-named red Indians.
Here is the Chinese bridge which spans the canal which forms a u shape perimeter to the park.
A red wood
This is a mulberry tree, it had lots of fruit on it.
Don't you just love trees? I could definitely hug them, if I could get my arms round them!
I have been to Wrest Park more times than I can remember but there were still treasures to be found.
I had never seen the Dolls' House before, I wonder what lucky children played in here.
And below is a stained glass window from the dairy which houses a selection of statues from the garden.
Here are a couple of details from a lead Columbine who I was rather taken with. It was very busy and I couldn't get any full length shots.
To finish my tour I leave with a few bumble bees.
You can see some of my other photographs taken at Wrest Park on my Fickr site here.
Now that's my advert for English Heritage over with, have a great Bank Holiday Weekend.