But the term was used much more widely throughout the period to denote any kind of garden dedicated to leisure rather than labour, to pleasure rather than productivity. First opened in , Ranelagh Gardens in Chelsea boasted acres of formal gardens and tree-lined promenades. Usage terms Public Domain. Garden history traditionally emphasises what appears to be distinct between different national styles , something that topographical images are peculiarly suited to articulate. However, the interchange of ideas, artistic styles, and indeed artists in this period tends to muddy these neat distinctions, as does the inclusion of figures scattered across the landscape.
The English Pleasure Garden – (Shire Library) Sarah Jane Downing: Shire Publications
John S. Muller, ca. After Arguably the most famous and most prestigious garden show in not only England but the world, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been held on the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital every year since its launch in , except during the war years. Although the Chelsea Flower Show might seem like a modern attraction, gardens and parks have long been popular forms of entertainment in England.
Central to the entertainment at these pleasure gardens was musical performance. At Ranelagh concerts took place in the magnificent rococo rotunda, which measured feet across and in winter was lit and heated by enormous fireplaces built into its main support. In June patrons were dazzled by the virtuosity of the nine-year-old Mozart, who performed some of his own keyboard compositions. More typical musical entertainment was orchestral music, consisting of dances and the sort of interval music commonly heard at London theatres, and a vast array of songs and ballads — tuneful, easy on the ear, but mostly instantly forgotten and barely lasting from one season to the next.
A pleasure garden is usually a garden that is open to the public for recreation and entertainment. Pleasure gardens differ from other public gardens by serving as venues for entertainment, variously featuring such attractions as concert halls , bandstands , amusement rides , zoos , and menageries. Public pleasure gardens have existed for many centuries. The gardens were acquired by the Roman Emperor Tiberius for public use.