Pleasure Garden

a listening garden
by Genevieve Lacey

Harewood House

Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LG, United Kingdom
29 June - 29 September 2019

Harewood sits in the heart of Yorkshire and is one of the Treasure Houses of England. The House was built in the 18th century and is set in over 100 acres of exquisite gardens.

Owned by David and Diane Lascelles, Earl and Countess of Harewood, the Harewood Estate manages the countryside surrounding Harewood House. It has a nationally recognised conservation programme with particular emphasis on the restoration of historic buildings, as well as the protection and development of wildlife habitats. In recent years great emphasis has been placed on the creation of new habitat. Joint initiatives with Natural England, Yorkshire Water and the RSPB have seen the reintroduction of Red Kites into Yorkshire’s countryside. The Estate has created wetland habitats (both ponds and marsh) providing the perfect environment for marshy grasses, rushes and other green plant life to grow, supporting wild birds nesting.

The 100 acres of gardens at Harewood are full of variety, with plants from all over the world. All this in the setting of a magnificent landscape created by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Harewood’s Head Gardener, Trevor Nicholson, oversees the landscape, managing projects on the dazzling range of gardens at Harewood, including the Terrace, the Lakeside Garden, the Himalayan Garden and the Walled Garden.

Pleasure Garden was installed in the Walled Garden. Sloping almost imperceptibly, its gentle dip reveals carefully sculpted secrets of light and landscape, and Red Kites wheel above. Pheasants cluck and scurry between beds, where meticulous rows of vegetables are offset by an old orchard, and between the two, a wildflower meadow. Willow pods are dotted around the garden making perfect listening-picnicking spots, all set beside the mirror lake, home to hundreds of birds.

Genevieve Lacey

Our thanks to collaborators around the world who have brought Pleasure Garden to life:

Jane Davidson and the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Australia Council for the Arts, Fiona Winning, Lieven Bertels and Sydney Festival, Ed Champion and staff at Vaucluse House, Sydney Living Museums, Criss Canning and David Glenn of Lambley Garden, Malgosia Fiebig, City Carillonneur of Utrecht, Toby Chadd and ABC Classics, Sheena Boughen and the Four Winds community, Music Norway, Lou Oppenheim and Circus Oz, Henk Heuvelmans and Martijn Buser of Gaudeamus, Graham Pushee and Arts Management, Martel Ollerenshaw, Atticus Bastow, Nick Roux, Ann Lacey, Francine Tanner, Jude Gun, Steven Richardson, Nicole Newman, Fiona Blair, Damon Young, Pat Hockey, Greg Lyons, Adam Gibson, Joseph Browning, Madeleine Flynn, Tim Humphrey, APAM, Kara Ward, Emer Harrington, Catherine Ashton, Mark Lowrey, Lillian Desormeaux, Adele Conlin and Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, William Strode, Daniel Brine, Mark Denbigh and the team at Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Paul Forecast, Alastair Bradshaw, Tina Hammond and all at Felbrigg Hall, Suzie Curtis, Kate Robinson, Huw Humphries, Paul Keene, Sarah Hickling, Miko Malkowski and all at The Charterhouse and The Barbican, Tim Bifield, Anna Casey, Rachel Smith, Rebecca Driver, Sheila Pott and all at Salters' Yard, Michael Schneider, Patrick Schellenberg and all at Boswil, Jane Marriott, Nicola Stephenson, Trevor Nicholson and the team at Harewood.