The Avenue Gardens, Regent's Park, originally laid out by John Nash, but much altered by William Andrews Nesfield (1793-1881). It has remained much the same, in general appearance, since Nash's original scheme was "improved" by Nesfield. Here, still, is the "oblong, divided into three principal parts" with a "broad gravel walk" dividing it ("Flower Gardens, Regent's Park," 142).

The Griffin Tazza (more commonly called "The Lion Vase") in the middle of these gardens. This is the original grand centrepiece feature, installed by Nesfield himself, and restored in the late twentieth century (see "The Avenue Gardens").

Two views of the "continuous border" with flower beds "cut in the turf, alternating with elegant vases standing in raised beds surrounded by stonework" ("Flower Gardens, Regent's Park," 142).

A section planted with a pink border ends with a central stone fountain. One of the several reasons given by Historic England for the Park's Grade I listing is "the specific interest of some of its designed landscape elements such as W. A. Nesfield's Italian Garden of 1864 and the near-contemporary English Garden by his son Markham.""

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"The Avenue Gardens." The Royal Parks. Web. 25 November 2019.

"Flower Gardens, Regent's Park." The Illustrated London News, Vol. 43 (July-December 1863). 19 September 1863. 120-22. Hathi Trust. Contributed by the University of Michigan. Web. 25 November 2019.

Regent's Park. Historic England. Web. 25 November 2019.

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