Listed Landscapes - Twenty Post-War Sites Protected
Announced on August 18th 2020, The Improvement Garden at Stockwood Park, Luton now has protected status.
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The Improvement Garden at Stockwood Park, Luton, Bedfordshire © Historic England Archive DP247684
The Improvement Garden was designed in the 1980s by Ian Hamilton Finlay. It’s the only complete garden remaining in England by the artist, poet and landscape designer.
The garden’s six sculptures and their setting integrate poetry, history and nature. Inspiration ranges from Greek mythology and Roman architecture to the grand landscape gardens of the 18th century.
Sculpture of Aphrodite at the Improvement Garden at Stockwood Park, Luton, Bedfordshire © Historic England Archive DP247690
The design is an example of Finlay’s collaboration with the sculptors and carvers he used in his later career.
The Improvement Garden is accessible via the Stockwood Discovery Centre.