'Capability' Brown anniversary events

Lovers of exquisite gardens and grand houses will be spoilt for choice during the tercentenary of landscape architect, Lancelot 'Capability' Brown.

There is an exciting range of days out, walks, talks, festivals, tours and more showcasing Capability Brown's glorious gardens throughout the year. 

And you can start a summer of Brown studies straight away with some inspiring early summer walks. 

Join the Woodland & Bluebell Walk at the National Trust's Croome Court, near High Green, Worcester, on May 6 and 7. Croome was the first parkland designed by the feted gardener. The walks begin at 2pm and run until 4.30pm on both days, price £10 adults, £7 children. Visit nationaltrust.org.uk for booking details.

A feast for the senses is assured at Ashburnham Place in Battle, East Sussex, when its Capability Brown-designed grounds host a guided Dawn Chorus Walk at 7am on May 11. Phone 01424 892244 or email bookings@ashburnham.org.uk for tickets, price £20. 

Make sure you pick out a sturdy pair of walking shoes for a visit to Capability Brown's gardens at Kirtlington Park, Oxfordshire, on May 15.

Here you have a choice of two walks, taking in 'The Pleasure Gardens', the lake and magical ancient trees. Email events@ogt.org.uk to find out more.

From June 1 to the end of August you can explore the timeless influence of Capability Brown at colourful Sheffield Park, in Uckfield, East Sussex, which encompasses acres of landscape gardens, bordered by historic woods and parkland. Find out more at nationaltrust.org.uk - entry is free for Royal Horticultural Society members.