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Edwardian Pergola

By pamelajean
The pergola, a spectacular feature of West Dean Gardens, Chichester, whatever the season.

It's the 1911 masterwork of garden designer Harold Peto, is 300ft long and uses 62 classical columns as the central theme, with an unusual handsome gazebo at one end, and a reflecting pool in the middle.

It's a massive stone and timber-covered walkway, and was both restored and replanted after the 1987 storm when a new border was added as part of a plan to “root the structure into the surrounding garden” and is host to many varieties of magnolia, clematis, rose and honeysuckle, like a perfumed promenade.

2 versions, different formats.


Tags: Garden Architecture Pond Walkway South downs West sussex Waterlilies

Voters: 213hardy, CarolG, RonnieAG and 63 more

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
2 Jan 2014 2:29PM
Well captured, Pamela, I have visited West Dean Gardens, close to my old stomping ground. Carol

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
2 Jan 2014 2:43PM
This is a new spot for me to see, and so well captured in these images: I do like your carefully chosen viewpoint, achieving precise symmetry, and of the two versions, perhaps V 2 appeals that little bit more, although I found it difficult to verbalise why........perhaps it emphasise the verticality a little more than than the landscape format.
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2014 2:49PM
A beautifully presented image,

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2014 2:54PM
Stone, foliage and water, it's a lovely combination.
In both versions you have given greater importance to the water and lily pads, I think that's the right way round. I go for V1, for the diagonals hitting the bottom corners so neatly. I like the sense of depth and distance in V2 but the cut-off at the sides is less satisfying.
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2014 3:43PM
Superb composition of this lovely Pergola. They grow great Chillies in West Dean. GrinGrin Peter
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
2 Jan 2014 4:00PM
How very lovely Smile Two fine captures here, Pamela, and after much toggling, can't decide on which of the two I prefer, so it's half a vote for each! Wink
A very Happy New Year to you Smile
Trev Smile
psu68 5 1 2 United States
2 Jan 2014 4:24PM
Two beautiful images - can't choose a favorite -
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2014 4:36PM
V2 for me too, a lovely image of a lovely place with the extra bonus of reflections!
2 Jan 2014 4:38PM
Beautiful captures of this wonderful place!
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2014 4:46PM
Landscape or Portrait they both look incredible beautiful, although ones natural instincts is drawn towards the portrait variant, beautifully composed and photographed with a wonderful feeling of calm and serenity...

Nathan GrinGrinGrin
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
2 Jan 2014 4:46PM
The composition in V1 is much more pleasing to my eye and there is so much depth to the image.

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy new year. - gary
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
2 Jan 2014 6:06PM
Such beautiful images, What a lovely place!
EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2014 6:13PM
Lovely image Smile

zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
2 Jan 2014 6:14PM
my first instinct was for v2 but after looking more to see why, i think v1 would be my preferred version if it had just another inch to the top of the picture, lovely shots all the same.
Philip_H 6 1 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2014 6:30PM
Two wonderful captures.

P 3Grin
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
2 Jan 2014 6:47PM
Good depth on the images Pamela,
with the lead in from the water and up the path.
Good shots.
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
2 Jan 2014 8:22PM
Two beautiful imagesSmile
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2014 8:40PM
Two excellent images, Pamela, luv the exposure and reflections, spot on, however its the distant window and little hut that gives the image that little extra, well spotted, v1 without doubt.
Happy New year, Pamela, and thank you for your support and encouragement.
Your friend.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile xxx
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
2 Jan 2014 8:52PM
Has to be V2 for me - the extra depth in that portrait format looks superb.
Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2014 9:29PM
Pamela these are both brilliant but have to say V2 format is my winner
Simply beautiful
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2014 8:35AM
V2 for me too, it really draws me into the scene.
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2014 9:02AM
Happy New Year Pamela. V1 for me cos of the edges of the pond start in the corners of the frame and provide strong lead in lines. . Looks like a fascinating place to wander leisurely. . paul
Beautiful composition catching the feel of the gardens as a whole.

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2014 12:23PM
So lovely but I prefer v2 by a whisker. Smile
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2014 10:32PM
Thankyou for your comments and observations.
Now you know how hard it was for me to choose which one to lead with.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
4 Jan 2014 3:58PM
Both very well shot, Pamela, and what a place!

V2 for me here...but what I'd really like is the width of V1 with the height of V2 Wink

Mike_Smith Plus
10 490 1 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2014 5:49PM
Two cracking shots Pamela, happy new year
4 Jan 2014 6:03PM
Superb compositions
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
4 Jan 2014 10:39PM
It's v2 for me Pamela, the portrait format works so much better in my opinion. Love the composition in that one
AnnJ Plus
6 5 Scotland
5 Jan 2014 12:20PM
V1 for me. Such an interesting photo ....the more you look at it the more you see. I love the reflections and one's eye is drawn down the path to the little window at the end....and on the way there are those luscious grees of the foliage on either side. Such a perfect composition.
Thanks for all your recent help with my mono very much appreciated.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2014 9:27PM
A fine image. So eye pleasing...
Well done you... IB
xwang 9 56 8
26 Jan 2014 10:35AM
I prefer V1, gives a kind "all round" view.

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