Stowe Landscape Garden

One day workshop - October 24th - £125

Stowe has a place in gardening history. It was one of the first, and certainly the most influential, of what came to be called 'landscape gardens'. Its scale, grandeur and beauty has inspired writers, philosophers, artists, politicians and members of the public from the 18th century to the present day.

One of the most remarkable creations of Georgian England, Stowe was created by a family once so powerful they were richer than the king. The gardens evolved from an earlier formal Baroque garden laid out around Stowe House, into a pioneering landscape park. In about 1718 Lord Cobham decided to replace that formal garden with one that was more in keeping with his own sense of what a garden ought to be. To help him realize his vision, Cobham called in Sir John Vanbrugh, architect of Blenheim Palace, and Charles Bridgman, a garden designer.

Working with their patron, Vanbrugh and Bridgeman began the alteration of the earlier gardens at Stowe into a classical landscape of temples and grottos, walks and vistas. In the 1730's landscape designers William Kent and James Gibbs were brought in to work with Bridgman, who was succeeded by perhaps the most famous and successful landscape garden designer of all time; Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. The result is now a superb example of that very English phenomenon, the landscape garden, complete with classical temples and statuary.

Since the National Trust acquired the gardens in the late 1980s, an ambitious programme of restoration has ensured that over 40 temples and monuments remain, gracing an inspiring backdrop of lakes and valleys with an endless variety of walks and trails, a delight to explore at any time of year.

With spectacular views, magical lakes, hidden corners, temples and monuments, this is a wonderful garden to photograph.

What’s included?
Photographic tuition and demonstrations, morning coffee and entrance to the garden.

What isn't included?
* Transport to and from Stowe.
* Insurance - please ensure that you insure your photographic equipment.
* Lunch - please bring a packed lunch or alternatively you may purchase something from the on site cafe.

Who is the workshop aimed at?
This workshop is aimed at anyone who wants to improve their photography so photographers of all levels of experience are welcome. We will take you through the entire process of landscape photography, covering composition, 'finding' and visualising the image, camera settings, exposure, focusing and depth of field. You will receive practical and technical advice, as well as individual guidance and hands on demonstrations in the field.

Photographic equipment recommended
Compact digital, bridge or SLR camera with ideally both wide angle and telephoto lenses, tripod and a cable/remote release. Whilst not essential, you may also benefit from bringing a polariser, and a graduated filter/s however before buying any equipment or if you are unsure of what to bring, please email for more information.

If you would like to book a place on the workshop, first please read the Terms and conditions. By making payment you will be entering into a contract with Sarah Howard Photography/Image Seen and will be bound by these conditions. Next, please download the booking form below and complete and return it by post to the address stated as we will need it for our records. Please note that if you are using Firefox as your email browser you may have problems downloading this pdf in which case please email and I will send you one by email.

Booking Form

A deposit of £60 is required to secure your place. Payment is preferred by by cheque or online banking - please refer to the booking form for details.

All photographs shown on this page are done so with the kind permission of NTPL