Gardening: Perfect symmetry: Audley End House

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SHADES of the 1830s: this flowing mixture of annuals, perennials and fragrant shrub roses has been re-created at Audley End House in Saffron Walden, Essex. After 10 years of archaeological research, the Great

Parterre was reopened last month. Built in the 1830s, it is based on a geometric pattern, but the planting is softness itself. Open Wed-Sun, 12-6pm; admission, pounds 2.70, children pounds 1.30 Photograph: Brian Harris