Symmetry in Box, Hatfield House gardens
A perfectly symmetrical pair of standard hemispherical box trees (Buxus sempervirens) at the entrance to the knot garden at Hatfield Old Palace.
The knot garden was created in 1984 by Lady Salisbury, but the extensive gardens at Hatfield House were begun by Robert Cecil (and his plant-hunter John Tradescant) in the early 17th century. Lady Salisbury has done much to promote the work of the Tradescant Trust, based at the Museum of Garden History, Lambeth, South London, for which she also designed a knot garden.
Date taken: 31 May 2013.