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Fortress, Regional Capital
Highgarden by feliche.jpg
Highgarden - by Feliche©.
Location The Reach, Westeros
Government House Tyrell , Feudal Lord.
Religion Faith of the Seven
The Reach and the location of Highgarden
The Reach and the location of Highgarden
The Reach and the location of Highgarden

Highgarden is the seat of House Tyrell, regional capital of the Reach and the heart of chivalry in the Seven Kingdoms. It lies on the Mander and is where the Ocean Road meets the Roseroad, making it an important crossroads.[1]

Mace Tyrell is the Lord of Highgarden. The castle's household includes Lord Seneschal Garth Tyrell, Maester Lomys, the captain of the guard Igon Vyrwel, the master-at-arms Ser Vortimer Crane, and the fool Butterbumps.[2]

The Castle

See also: Images of Highgarden

The tiered-walled[3] castle has groves and fountains, shady courtyards, and marble colonnades. It is filled with singers, pipers, fiddlers and harpers. The stables have a fine selection of horseflesh, and there are pleasure boats to sail along the Mander.[4] Between the outer and middle walls is a famous briar labyrinth. The oldest towers are square and date from the Age of Heroes, while newer towers are taller and round.[5]

There are fields of golden roses that stretch as far as the eye can see. Fruits grown nearby include melons, peaches, and fireplums.[6]

Highgarden's sept is matched only by the Great Sept of Baelor and the Starry Sept. The castle godswood contains three weirwoods known as the Three Singers.[5]


House Gardener

An envoy of Highgarden - by artist Sedone Thongvilay. © Fantasy Flight Games.

Highgarden is said to have been built by Garth the Gardener atop a hill overlooking the Mander.[7] Highgarden was the center of the Reach proper, and the Kings of the Reach from House Gardener grew to acquire what has become the Reach.[8]

During the Andal invasion of Westeros, King Mern II Gardener built a curtain wall about the castle. The Andals were ultimately welcome into the Reach, however, and King Garth IX Gardener built the first sept at Highgarden, although he continued to worship in its godswood. House Tyrell became the hereditary stewards of the castle.[9]

Highgarden was sacked by Dornishmen during the reign of King Garth X Gardener, and the Gardener's Oakenseat was destroyed. The castle was rebuilt by Garth's cousin, King Mern VI Gardener.[9]

The peaceful Harmund II Hoare, King of the Iron Islands, once visited Highgarden and Oldtown.[10]

House Tyrell

Highgarden was the seat of House Gardener until Aegon the Conqueror defeated King Mern IX Gardener and his host on the Field of Fire, ending their line. When Aegon then marched his host to Highgarden, its steward, Harlen Tyrell, surrendered the castle. For this, Aegon granted him the castle and gave House Tyrell dominion over the Reach as the Lord Paramount of the Mander.[11][12] However, other houses, such as the Florents, Rowans, and Oakhearts, also claim blood ties to the Gardeners and covet Highgarden.[4]

During the reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen, the Tyrells hosted the famed Tourney of the Field of Roses.[5]

Prince Daeron Targaryen squired at Highgarden with Jeremy Norridge.[13]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Following the death of King Robert Baratheon, his younger brother Renly Baratheon and Ser Loras Tyrell flee from King's Landing to Highgarden.[14]

A Clash of Kings

Renly marries Margaery Tyrell and proclaims himself king with the support of House Tyrell. After the death of Renly, the Tyrells do not follow Stannis Baratheon. Petyr Baelish negotiates an alliance between the Tyrells and the Lannisters, with Margaery agreeing to marry King Joffrey Baratheon.

A Storm of Swords

After having caused famine in King's Landing by closing the roseroad while supporting Renly,[15] the Tyrells send carts of food from Higharden to the royal capital and are thus beloved by the Kingslanders.[16] Many of the Tyrells travel to King's Landing, but Willas Tyrell, the heir of Lord Mace, remains at Highgarden.[4]

A Feast for Crows

Ser Garlan Tyrell begins to gather men from across the Reach to retake the Shield Islands from the ironborn.[17]

A Dance with Dragons

Laswell Peake tells Aegon Targaryen that the power of Highgarden may not be what Lord Mace Tyrell imagines, as some members of the Golden Company still have friends in the Reach.[18] Since the Tyrells are occupied with the ironborn and politics in King's Landing, Obara Sand wants the Dornishmen to attack the Reach.[19]

References and Notes

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