The orangery is a building frequently found in the grounds of fashionable residences from the 17th to the 19th centuries and given a classic architectural form. The name reflects the original use of the building as a place where citrus trees were often wintered in tubs under cover.
The orangery, was a symbol of prestige and wealth and a feature of the garden, in the same way as a summerhouse, folly or “Grecian temple”. Owners would conduct their guests there on tours of the garden to admire not only the fruits within but also the architecture without. Often the orangery would contain fountains, grotto’s, and an area in which to entertain in inclement weather.