Kensington Gardens London
Once a private garden of the
Kensington Palace, the 275-acre Kensington
Gardens are located to the west of Hyde
Park. As the Kensington Gardens are also
adjacent to Green Park and St. James Park,
the four parks make a continuous "green
lung" in the heart of London.
Landscape architects Henry Wise and Charles
Bridgeman laid out the Kensington Gardens
from 1728-1738 and developed the Round Pond,
formal avenues and a sunken Dutch garden.
The Serpentine was created in the 1730s and
the part of it which flows in Kensington
Gardens is known as "The Long Water." There
are also four fountains and a number of
classical sculptures in the "Italian Garden"
area. The Kensington Gardens was formerly a
part of the Hyde Park, and the two are
bounded by West Carriage Drive (The Ring)
and the Serpentine Bridge. It also contains
the Elfin Oak, a 900—year old tree stump.
Kensington Gardens have become a reference
to a number of popular works of fiction.
A good example is J.M.
Barrie's "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens,"
a prelude to the character's adventures in
Neverland. It is also used in Thomas
Tickell's 1722 poem "Kensington Gardens"
and Ashley McClung's horror
novel, "The Beast." Other well
known gardens in the world are the
Haiku Gardens in Kaneohe,
Hawaii and the
St. Bernard Garden in