Our new season is now open: Spring 1677 !
The Privy Garden at Whitehall is laid out in ordered blocks with statues in the center of each square, the classical creatures easily draw the eyes of lovers of art. The different statues depict the nine Muses (Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, and Urania) and the three Graces (Aglaia, Euphrosyne, and Thalia), each holding or surrounded by that which is most associated with her, such as a lyre or scroll. As one wanders, it is often noted that the red roses remain on one side of the garden while the white ones remain on the opposite side, thus creating a pleasant contrast throughout. About the garden are scattered several benches, but none are secluded.
In the middle of the Privy Garden there is a fountain. It was a simple thing... a wide round of water with a single statue in the middle, sprouting water. It was covered with green slime, almost forgotten by the gardeners. Around it sit benches, nearly hidden by rose bushes, both red and white. The Privy Garden is also the home of the King's prized sundial
Memorable events that have occurred in the Privy Garden include:
- The Chelsea Veterans' Hospital fundraising event from the September Season
- The first appearance of Hortense Mancini, future mistress of the King, also in the September Season
- The degradation of the King's sundial by John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, ultimately leading to his banishment from Court during the Christmas Season