Source: photograph by volunteer
Shrubland Park near Ipswich may have been an inspiration to Henry Trevor when planning the Plantation garden. Charles Barry was working there 1848-1852, and Pevsner refers to the many Italianate features he added to the house and garden. ‘The W garden carried down in terraces on the model of the Villa d’Este at Tivoli works wonders with the little Suffolk landscape offered’.
It is quite possible that Henry Trevor visited this garden before or while he planned his own ‘Italian garden’, since it was open to the public at times. Another possible connection is that Edward Boardman,the architect whom Henry Trevor often employed to design for him (see PGPT008), was a fellow student of Charles Barry’s son.