Found within the Woodland Walk the sculptures along this trail came from an idea suggested by local school children. The route of the walk is marked on the map of the Swiss Garden in PDF format.
All are carved from wood extracted from the garden during restoration. The seven sculptures are:
- Old tree/New tree
- Peacock seat
- Thatched Cottage
- Four Seasons
- Fern Fronds
Pick up a copy of our sculpture trail and find all seven of these finely carved wooden sculptures.
This seat represents an animal that is best known for its amazing eye
spotted tail feathers or plumage. When it displays the peacock will
stand its tail feathers up to form a fan. This is to attract female, male peacocks love attention!
It is also believed that fanning the tail can be a response to feeling threatened, the peacock makes itself look as big as possible.
Carved to represent both the Ongley period and that of the Shuttleworth Family. The Ongley family made their money through trading goods via ship, and Frank Shuttleworth’s nautical interest is well documented. A model ship that he owned is on display in Shuttleworth House.
The boathouse that is visible from this viewpoint was once used by the family. It stands on the edge of Serpentine Lake.
There are a number of thatched cottages in Old Warden village, formerly owned by Lord Ongley III. He sold the village with Old Warden Park and estate to Joseph Shuttleworth in 1872.
Thatching is the craft of building a roof with dried vegetation that is densely packed trapping air, which provides insulation. This sculpture depicts a cottage on one side and is a seat on the other.
This incredible sculpture symbolises a fern, and is nestled within the Woodland walk between the Ship and the Serpentine lake.
Ferns reproduce via spores (brown specks seen underneath the leaves)
and have neither seeds nor flowers. Some ferns can be used for food,
medicines, or as ornamental plants. Ferns can live in a wide variety of
locations and their leaves are called fronds.
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Just outside the entrance to the Swiss Garden, look out for fish in this small body of water.
Burial place of Dorothy Shuttleworth’s beloved Japanese Chin dogs.
POND CASCADE BRIDGE
Clayton & Shuttleworth manufactured bridge c1870s, and with a Pulhamite cascade.
The plinth once boasted a prominent statue depicting Lord Ongley in empirical costume!
THE AVIARY (RUIN)
Once home to exotic feathered fowl, and terminating one of the key view-lines from the Swiss Cottage.
A raised vantage point for viewing the garden, complete with a terracotta eagle.
A later Pulhamite addition (early 1900’s) to the garden, showcasing alpine plants and bulbs. It always looks particularly lovely in Spring.
With impressive ironwork rose bowers, the ‘Night & Morning’ Vase, and two lion statues.
The ‘heart’ and focal point of the garden. Views to and from the Swiss Cottage are key to the garden’s design.
A two-seated privy, but only one side in use at a time. An early example of a green loo!
THE FORGOTTEN ONE
A popular poem by Letitia Langdon, edited by Lord Ongley for the Swiss Garden.
Generously donated by Friends of Swiss Garden.
WOODLAND GATE & SCREEN
This marks the original entrance to the Swiss Garden as used by both the Ongley and Shuttleworth
With Istrian marble well-head dating from the 1900s.
Delightful little building, highly reminiscent of a roadside shrine.
Popular with wedding photographers, it offers grand views of the Dolphin Tazza and undulating lawns leading to the Swiss Cottage.
DOLPHIN JARDINIÈRE & TAZZA
Manufactured and perfected by sculptor Felix Austin. It has an artificial ‘pudding stone’ finish.
CEDAR OF LEBANON
The tallest and oldest tree in the Swiss Garden, at around 250 years old. It is listed in the Champion Trees register and is a key focal point.
GROTTO & FERNERY
The amazing cave-like interior is formed from Pulhamite, added by the Shuttleworth family to house
their collection of ferns.
Find the colourful Acer tree here, the Rose Seat, and sun loungers during the warmer months of the year.
The Indian Kiosk has a beautiful glass embossed rear panel and an interesting ‘room’ beneath it. It dates from c1830.
Cato & Sons manufactured the North Bridge. It is quite steep, but this makes it an ideal spot for wedding photographers to capture romantic images!
Also by Cato & Sons, manufactured in wrought and cast iron, it leads onto Middle Island with views of the Indian Kiosk.
Joseph Shuttleworth re-roofed and extended this humble cottage in the 1870’s.
Built in the 1820s, this was pivotal to Lord Ongley’s vision for a ‘picturesque’, magical, hidden wonderland.
About the garden room