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Abbotsbury Gardens Abbotsbury Gardens
Established in 1765 by the first Countess of Ilchester as a kitchen garden to her nearby castle. Developed since then into a magnificent 20 acre garden filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world. Most of these were new introductions to this country, found by the plant hunting descendants of the Countess. After the great storm of 1990, a major restoration project has been underway. many new exotic and unusual flowers have been introduced to this fabulous Dorset Garden. The Garden is a mixture of formal and informal flowers, world famous for it's Camellia groves and magnolias. Noted in Dorset for its Rhododendron and Hydrangea collections and the charming Victorian Garden.
Abbotsbury, Dorset. DT3 4LA
Arley Hall & Gardens Arley Hall & Gardens
Arley Hall, with its ancient history and over 100 acres of gardens and parkland, has been owned and maintained by the same family for over 500 years. The result is a garden rich in atmosphere, interest and vitality – a wonderful example of the idea that the best gardens are living, changing works of art. The garden's best known feature is its Herbaceous Border which was probably the first border of its kind planted in England, this along with the unique Quercus Ilex Columns, Pleached Lime Avenue of trees and the furlong walk make this simply the most amazing and interesting garden. At Arley you will see a huge range of different plants of all kinds, making it a treasure trove both for the keen plantsman and for the less specialised visitor.
Nr Northwich, Cheshire. CW9 6NA
Audley End House and Gardens Audley End House and Gardens
Wonder at the lavish interiors reflecting past generations of style and relax in the lovingly restored 19th century parterre garden with its elaborate floral displays and beautiful Elysian garden cascade. With beautiful grounds to explore, including an impressive formal garden and the working Organic Kitchen Garden, there’s so much to see and do at Audley End House. Originally adapted from a medieval Benedictine monastery, the house and gardens at Audley End were amongst the largest and most opulent in Jacobean England. Today Audley End is set in a tranquil landscape with stunning views across the unspoilt Essex countryside. It's possible to see elements of English gardening on a grand scale at Audley End carried out by the most influential designers of the day such as Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. 
Saffron Waldon, Essex. CB11 4JF
Barnsdale Gardens Barnsdale Gardens
Barnsdale Gardens are the creation of Geoff Hamilton, Britain's best loved television gardener and presenter of BBC TV's Gardener's World weekly gardening programme, which Geoff presented from his home at Barnsdale in Rutland. With over 38 gardens in an 8 acre site, there's plenty to see and do at Barnsdale. Each one offers practical concepts that you can use at home. An inspiring range of garden styles and planting schemes have been referred to as a 'theme park for gardeners', but rest assured you'll get plenty of opportunity to rest and learn alongside all the excitement when you visit Barnsdale.
Nr Oakham, Rutland. LE15 8AH
Bedgebury Pinetum Bedgebury Pinetum
Bedgebury National Pinetum has the most complete collection of conifers in the world. The aim to have 7 specimens of each conifer from different wild collected sources and having a variety of ages - thus providing a continuing genetic resource. The collection was started in the 1840's by the Beresford Hope family and was greatly improved following its acquisition by the Forestry Commission in 1925 when it became jointly managed with Kew Gardens. Subsequent plantings will include samples from Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia.
Goudhurst, Kent. TN17 2SL
The Bishop's Palace and Gardens at Wells (Picture: Danny Robinson) The Bishop's Palace and Gardens at Wells
More than simply an historic house and garden, this splendid medieval Palace has been the home of the Bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years. There are 14 acres of gardens including the springs from which the city takes its name. There is evidence that a garden existed here even before Bishop Jocelin began work on the Palace c.1206. Over the years the gardens have changed as successive bishops have added their legacy.
Wells, Somerset. BA5 2PD
Bodnant Garden Bodnant Garden
Bodnant Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK, spanning some 80 acres of land situated above the River Conwy on ground sloping towards the west and looking across the valley. Marvel at plants from all over the world grown from seed and cuttings collected over a century ago on plant-hunting expeditions. Created by five generations of one family, this 32-hectare (80-acre) garden is superbly located, with spectacular views across Snowdonia. 
Nr Colwyn Bay, Conwy, Wales. LL28 5RE
Borde Hill Borde Hill
Borde Hill is a garden of contrasts that captures the imagination and delights the senses. It is set in 200 acres of a traditional country estate in the area of outstanding natural beauty lying between the town of Haywards Heath and the village of Cuckfield. At the heart of the garden, Borde Hill House, an Elizabethan Tudor mansion from 1598, provides a superb backdrop to the formal 17-acre Garden which flows into a series of linked ‘garden rooms’, each boasting its own distinctive character & style.
Haywards Heath, West Sussex. RH16 1XP
Caerhays Castle & Gardens Caerhays Castle & Gardens
It was the third generation of the Williams family living at Caerhays, who decided it was about time something was done with the garden. This almost flippant event was probably, as it turned out, the most important thing to happen at Caerhays since the construction of the castle more than 70 years before. Home to a National Magnolia Collection the gardens at Caerhays are a spring-time wonderland for visitors. The origins of this historically important collection of Chinese plants can be traced back to the work of the great plant hunters Ernest Wilson (1876 - 1930) and George Forrest (1873 - 1932).
Gorran, St Austell, Cornwall. PL26 6LY
Castle Howard Castle Howard
Visitors may enjoy extensive walks through woodlands, formal gardens, along terraces or beside water, and view the buildings and sculptures in the landscape. With 1,000 acres to explore, Castle Howard is a haven of peace and tranquillity whatever the time of year.  With extensive woodland walks, and terraces and lakeside paths, the monumental landscape, which features statues, temples, lakes and fountains, offers breathtaking views at every turn. As well as the dramatic landscape, visitors will also delight in the seasonal colour.
Nr York, North Yorkshire. YO60 7DA
Chatsworth House
Home of the Duke & Duchess of Devonshire. Outside visitors can enjoy a new sensory garden and Elisabeth Frink's sculpture, Walking Madonna.  The farmyard and playground is planning a new barn for displays, talks and demonstrations, and there are new activities for young visitors. Having evolved over more than 450 years, the 105 acre Chatsworth garden continues to change today. There is plenty to discover at every turn, including permanent sculptures to be found.
Chatsworth is 8 miles north of Matlock, signposted via Chesterfield. DE45 1PP
Chelsea Physic Garden Chelsea Physic Garden
Founded in 1673, as the Apothecaries' Garden, the garden has developed a major role in public education focusing on the renewed interest in natural medicine. Situated in the heart of London, Chelsea Physic Garden has a unique living collection of around 5,000 different edible, useful, medicinal and historical plants. This ‘hidden gem’ is also a peaceful green oasis in which to enjoy a relaxing stroll with an award-winning Café and a Book & Gift Shop.
Chelsea, London. SW3 4HS
Cottesbrooke Hall & Gardens Cottesbrooke Hall & Gardens
Award winning formal gardens surround the Hall.  They are laid out as a series of individually planted 'rooms' that open up before you.  There are pergolas, statues and rose borders, and a short stroll across the park will take you to the informal, magical Wild Garden. The formal and wild gardens surrounding and adjacent to the house have been mainly developed during the present century and these developments have continued to the present day. A number of distinguished landscape designers have been involved - Robert Weir Schultz, Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe and Dame Sylvia Crowe.
Northampton, Northamptonshire. NN6 8PF
Dewstow Gardens Dewstow Gardens
Imagine discovering a lost garden with tunnels and underground grottoes buried under thousands of tonnes of soil for over 50 years. That’s what happened at Dewstow gardens. Built around 1895 the gardens were buried just after World War Two and rediscovered in 2000.  The gardens contain many ponds and rills but interestingly a labyrinth of underground grottoes, tunnels and sunken ferneries. The rock gardens are made up of a mixture of real stone and faced stone using various types of Pulhamite. It is only when you go below these gardens, and you enter the subterranean world underneath, that you begin to understand the extent of the vision and enormous amount of work and skills involved in creating Gardens that were unique at the turn of the 20th Century.
Caerwent, Wales. NP26 5AH
Dorothy Clive Garden Dorothy Clive Garden
This jewel of horticulture, nestling between the boundaries of Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire, is a garden that must be seen if you have a love of plants and a sense of romance. Features a superb woodland garden, an alpine scree, a damp garden and spectacular summer flower borders. The gardens have something special to offer throughout the growing season. In early spring blankets of bulbs emerge around the garden and Camellia Walk bursts into life. As this begins to fade a wonderful woodland spectacle erupts focusing on Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Bluebells. Continuous with and following on from this, early summer heralds successive waves of herbaceous perennials to stimulate the senses.
Market Drayton, Shropshire. TF9 4EU
Easton Walled Gardens Easton Walled Gardens
12 acres of 'lost' gardens. 400 years of gardening have created a peaceful and settled atmosphere, enhanced by the beautiful valley surrounding it. Until Winter 2001, these gardens had been completely abandoned for 50 years. In 2009, seven years on, visitors can see more than just a restoration project. The gardens have been carefully designed so that adults and children can enjoy the gardens together. There is  a birdhide, swing, turf maze and big yew tunnel to explore and children are welcome to pick a few flowers. 
Grantham, Lincolnshire. NG33 5AP
Eden Project Eden Project
In a giant crater in Cornwall nestle the largest conservatories in the world. Inside there are towering rainforests and tropical crops, the hot, dusty Mediterranean with citrus groves and gnarled cork oaks. Outside there are crops and landscapes of Chile, Cornwall and the Indian Hills. Their exhibits are designed to show that: plants give us our food, fuel, materials and medicines, plants are part of a wider ecosystem that provides our water and air, the natural world can be beautiful, relaxing and inspiring. As an educational charity, we also use gardening as a way of empowering, engaging and connecting people through special outreach projects. Eden's horticulture programmes focus on everyone from prisoners to the disabled, from local families to schoolchildren worldwide. Get a taste of our approach below.
St Austell, Cornwall. PL24 2SG
Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh was established in 1670 and includes three Regional Gardens - Benmore in Argyll; Dawyck in the wooded hills of the Scottish Borders and Logan on the Gulf Stream-warmed southern peninsula of Dumfries & Galloway. The Botanics captures the imagination of everyone who visits and is world renowned for its horticultural excellence. Over 70 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds provide a tranquil haven just one mile from the city centre. Refresh your senses and explore the riches of the green kingdom at one of the world's finest botanic gardens. Journey through warmer climes in the Glasshouses or discover contemporary art at Inverleith House.
Edinburgh, Scotland. EH3 5LR
Exbury Gardens Exbury Gardens
The Gardens are a spectacular 200 acre (100 hectare) site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. This earthly paradise offers a riot of colour in spring, an oasis of tranquillity in summer followed by a splendid show as the leaves change in the autumn. Capture Exbury’s hidden beauty and escape the cares of the world as you explore a myriad of pathways. Let the train take the strain on a 20 minute journey or ride a chauffeur driven buggy to tour the Gardens. In December 2011 the Gardens were awarded the prestigious Hudson's Heritage UK "Best Garden" award.
Southampton, Hampshire. SO45 1AZ

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden
Step back in time and imagine what life would have been like for the monks who first came here all those years ago. The dramatic abbey ruins at Fountains are the largest monastic ruins in the country. The abbey was founded in 1132 by 13 Benedictine monks from St Mary’s in York seeking to live a devout and simple lifestyle. Studley Royal Water Garden was a breathtaking vision of John Aislabie and his son William. In the early 18th-century John Aislabie had great plans to impress visitors to his Yorkshire estate and so turned the wild and wooded valley of the river Skell into one of England’s most spectacular Georgian water gardens.
Ripon, North Yorkshire. HD4 3DY
Great Dixter Great Dixter
Great Dixter contains one of the largest surviving medieval timber-framed halls in the country.  The 57-acre Great Dixter estate was the home of the famous 20th century gardener and writer Christopher Lloyd (Christo) who spent his long and distinguished horticultural career practising and communicating his dynamic approach to gardening, while also ensuring the estate was self-sufficient and sustainable. Now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, Great Dixter is a historic house, a garden, a centre of education, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world.
Northiam  Rye, East Sussex. TN31 6PH
Harewood House Harewood House
Harewood sits at the heart of Yorkshire, one of the treasure houses of England, the house was built in the 18th century and has art collections to rival the finest in the land in the setting of Yorkshire’s most beautiful landscape. Harewood is just as much about today as it is about history. There are exhibitions of contemporary art, an award-winning educational department, renowned Bird Garden and over 100 acres of exquisite gardens. You can expect the unexpected at Harewood with special events and themed weekends throughout the season to surprise you.
Nr Leeds, Yorkshire. LS17 9LG
RHS Garden - Harlow Carr RHS Garden - Harlow Carr
Harlow Carr is a garden dominated by water, stone and woodland and is very much part of the surrounding Yorkshire landscape. Harlow Carr seeks to push the boundaries of design and planting styles, creating displays that are beautiful but on occasion, also provocative. Careful gardening techniques, reflecting respect for the environment, ensure that flourishing wildlife can also be enjoyed on a visit to the garden. The garden is the most recent addition to the RHS, acquired by the merger of the Northern Horticultural Society with the RHS in 2001. It had been the Northern Horticultural Society's trial ground and display garden since they bought it in 1946.
Harrogate, North Yorkshire. HG3 1QB
Hatfield House Hatfield House
A fine Jacobean House and Garden in a spectacular countryside setting. The garden at Hatfield House dates from the early 17th century when Robert Cecil employed John Tradescant the Elder to collect plants for his new home. Tradescant was sent to Europe where he found and brought back trees, bulbs, plants and fruit trees, which had never previously been grown in England. Visitors can enjoy the sundial garden and fountains, and view the famous knot garden adjoining the Tudor Old Palace where Elizabeth I spent much of her childhood. Following the fashion for landscape gardening and some neglect in the 18th century, restoration of the garden started in earnest in Victorian times. Lady Gwendolen Cecil, younger daughter of Prime Minister Salisbury, designed the West Garden as it is today.
Hatfield, Hertfordshire. AL9 5NQ
Holker Hall & Gardens Holker Hall & Gardens
Holker Hall is a privately owned country house located about 2km to the southwest of the village of Cartmel in Cumbria. The building dates from the 16th century, with alterations and additions in the 18th century, in 1859–61. The house stands in an estate of about 80 hectares, and is surrounded by formal gardens, parkland and woodland. The immaculately kept gardens (25 acres in all) are part woodland and part formal garden. These are complimented by the 200-acre 'natural' parkland, which is the result of late 18th century planting by Lord George Cavendish. Over generations the family have continued to develop the gardens and they are constantly evolving as new plantings are made or new ideas are born and Lord and Lady Cavendish continue to make changes and additions to these gardens.
Cark-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria. LA11 7PL
By Mrmatiko (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons RHS Garden - Hyde Hall
The Royal Horticultural Society's garden at Hyde Hall in the English county of Essex east of London. It is one of four public gardens run by the Society, alongside Wisley, Harlow Carr, and Rosemoor. A visit to the 360-acre Hyde Hall estate is unforgettable in any season and allows visitors to immerse themselves in nature. Hyde Hall is in an area of Essex that has very low rainfall, and this factor combined with the soil conditions and exposed nature of the site makes it a challenging area to garden in. A visit will show that by choosing the right plants for the right places and by working with the prevailing conditions, it is possible to create a garden of beauty.
Chelmsford, Essex. CM3 8ET
Kew Gardens (Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0) Kew Gardens & Wakehurst Place
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, usually referred to as Kew Gardens, comprises 121 hectares of gardens and botanical greenhouses. The fantastic Kew Gardens and Wakehurst Place is a fabulous day out. With amazing gardens, science & learning, conservation & much more. The living collections include more than 30,000 different kinds of plants, while the herbarium, which is one of the largest in the world, has over seven million preserved plant specimens. The Palm House was built by architect Decimus Burton and iron-maker Richard Turner between 1844 and 1848 was the first large-scale structural use of wrought iron. The structure's panes of glass are all hand-blown. The Temperate house, which is twice as large as the Palm House, followed later in the 19th century. It is now the largest Victorian glasshouse in existence.
Richmond, London, Surrey TW9 3AB
Levens Hall and Gardens Levens Hall and Gardens
The Topiary Gardens at Levens are world-famous in their own right, and are a must for any visitor to the English Lake District. A grade I listed garden dating from 1694 – through a combination of circumstance and love the gardens at Levens Hall have survived in their original design. The topiary is some of the oldest in the world and justifiably famous. The historic topiary garden also incorporates a small orchard of apple trees and medlars, a nuttery and herb garden, a bowling green, a rose garden, herbaceous borders and seasonal bedding. To celebrate the partnership of Colonel James Graham and his gardener Guillaume Beaumont, a fountain garden, bordered with pleached limes, was added in 1994, the garden’s 300th anniversary.
Kendal, Cumbria. LA8 0PD
Lost Gardens of Heligan Lost Gardens of Heligan
The Lost Gardens of Heligan are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. The style of the gardens is typical of the nineteenth century Gardenesque style, with areas of different character and in different design styles. The gardens were created by members of the Cornish Tremayne family, over a period from the mid-18th century up to the beginning of the 20th century, and still form part of the family's Heligan estate. The gardens were neglected after the First World War, and restored only in the 1990s, a restoration that was the subject of several popular television programmes and books. The award winning Lost Gardens of Heligan extend to some eighty acres of superb pleasure grounds together with a magnificent complex of walled gardens and a huge, productive vegetable garden, all fast returning to their former glory.
Pentewan, St Austell, Cornwall. PL26 6EN
Lullingstone Castle Lullingstone Castle
Mentioned in the Domesday Book, the present house was started in 1497. Henry VIII and Queen Anne were regular visitors to the Manor House. Though its Tudor brick gatehouse is one of the oldest in England, what survives of the house is largely of the Queen Anne era. The gatehouse was originally built by Sir John Peche, who became Sheriff of Kent in 1495 and was knighted in 1497. The gatehouse is believed to be one of the first in England that was constructed entirely from bricks. The walled garden - previously a Herb garden designed by Eleanour Sinclair Rohde - has recently been converted into the World Garden of Plants by the Castle's current heir (and 20th generation of the Hart Dyke's), plant hunter Tom Hart Dyke.
Eynsford, Dartford. DA4 0JA
Mount Ephraim Gardens Mount Ephraim Gardens
Mount Ephraim Gardens is a beautiful place to visit, with plenty to offer and delight visitors. Unwind in these ten acres of gardens, set in the heart of an 800 acre estate with magnificent views over the Swale and Thames Estuaries. Whether you choose to enjoy the tranquility of the Japanese gardens, take on the challenge of the wildflower and grass maze or just relax on the Edwardian tea room terrace, Mount Ephraim gardens have the power to charm you all. The gardens were laid out in the early 1900s, but after wartime neglect were substantially restored by Mary and Bill Dawes from the early 1950s. Mary Dawes was involved in the day-to-day running of the gardens until she sadly passed away in 2009, at the grand age of 93. Mount Ephraim has never been a 'professionally' maintained garden, but Mary had always lovingly tended it. Although comparatively small, Mount Ephraim has a personal charm so often lost in larger gardens.
Faversham, Kent. ME13 9TX
National Botanic Garden of Wales (Photo by By Mikani (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 National Botanic Garden of Wales
The first national botanic garden to be created in the new millennium. The National Botanic Garden of Wales exists to develop a viable world-class national botanic garden dedicated to the research and conservation of biodiversity and its sustainable utilisation, to lifelong learning and to the enjoyment of the visitor. The garden is both a visitor attraction and a centre for botanical research and conservation, and features the world's largest single-span glasshouse measuring 110 m (360 ft) long by 60 m (200 ft) wide. The idea for a National Botanic Garden of Wales originated from the Welsh artist, William Wilkins, whose aunt had described to him the ruins of an elaborate water features she had discovered while walking in the local woods at Pont Felin Gat. Under the guidance of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust, an application was made to the Millennium Commission to fund Britain’s first national botanic garden for 200 years.
Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire, Wales. SA4 0TX
Newby Hall & Gardens Newby Hall & Gardens
Newby Hall was built between 1691-1695 and shortly afterwards the owner, Sir Edward Blackett, commissioned Peter Aram as head gardener to lay out formal gardens and avenues in keeping with the period. Very little of Aram's layout for Newby remains today and the present design is largely attributable to the present owner's grandfather, the late Major Edward Compton, who inherited Newby in 1921. Designed astride one of Europe’s longest double herbaceous borders which slopes gently down to the River Ure, are numerous compartmented gardens – ‘rooms’ off a long corridor. Visit Newby in the Spring, Summer or Autumn and discover the secrets of Sylvia’s Garden, a species Rose Garden, Autumn Garden or the Water Garden and even a Tropical Garden. Newby also holds the national collection of dogwoods. It is quite simply an experience that no garden-lover should miss.
Ripon, North Yorkshire. HG4 5AE
Plantation Garden Plantation Garden
A large Victorian garden and architectural experience in Norwich city centre. The Plantation Garden  includes, a huge gothic fountain, flower beds, lawns, woodland walkways, rustic bridge Italianate terrace, ‘Medieval’ terrace wall; and hundreds of architectural details fashionable in the mid 19th century. This idiosyncratic garden, was established 140 years ago in a 3 acre abandoned chalk quarry and is a haven of peace and tranquillity, and a glimpse into a bygone age. After the second world war, the garden was virtually abandoned. Fortunately, much of the structure has survived, and is gradually being restored by the The Plantation Garden Preservation Trust. The first task of its members was to clear a forest of sycamores and a blanket of ivy to reveal what had become hidden during the past 40 years.
Earlham Road, Norwich, Norfolk. NR2 3RA
Penshurst Place & Gardens (c) Penshurst Place Penshurst Place & Gardens
11-acre formal walled garden, with records dating back to 1346. One of the oldest gardens in private ownership, it remains much as it was when constructed by Sir Henry Sidney in the Elizabethan era. Penshurst Place is a historic building south east of London, England. It is the ancestral home of the Sidney family, and was the birthplace of the great Elizabethan poet, courtier and soldier, Sir Philip Sidney. The original medieval house is one of the most complete examples of 14th-century domestic architecture in England surviving in its original location.
Penshurst Place,  Penshurst. TN11 8DG

Renishaw Hall (Photo by DAVID M GOODWIN - CC-BY-SA-2.0)

Renishaw Hall
Renishaw Hall has been the home of the Sitwell family for over 350 years. In 1625 George Sitwell built a small H-shaped manor house to which his descendent Sitwell Sitwell, later first baronet, made vast additions in the Georgian period, also the stables and various follies in and around the park. The beautiful Italianate garden, park and lake were the creation of the eccentric Sir George Sitwell, grandfather of the present owner. Renishaw Hall is on the eastern most foothill of the Pennines, overlooking the Rother Valley and is about 7 miles from  Sheffield and Chesterfield  three miles from exit 30 of the M1. The gardens, including an Italianate garden laid out by Sir George Sitwell are open to the public. The hall is open for groups by private arrangement.
Retford, Nottinghamshire. DN22 6BL
RHS Garden Rosemoor. Photo by Maurice Clements (CC-BY-SA-2.0) RHS Garden Rosemoor
Lady Anne's Garden, as the original garden of Rosemoor is now known, is a plantsman's garden and is of great horticultural and botanical interest. Lady Anne Palmer created the original garden of 8 acres in 1959, and developed it over a 30 year period. The garden was first opened to the public in 1967, under the National Gardens Scheme. Lady Palmer gave it to the Royal Horticultural Society in 1988, together with an additional 32 acres of land. Nowadays Rosemoor Garden covers 65 acres and it hosts, apart from a range of gardens, a visitor centre, with a library, a plant centre, a shop, a restaurant and the Wisteria tearoom. It is surrounded by extensive woodlands.
Rosemoor Garden, Torrington. EX38 8PH
Scampston Hall and Walled Garden Scampston Hall and Walled Garden
Scampston Walled Garden is a stunningly beautiful contemporary garden, quite unlike any other. Designed by the renowned Dutch plantsman, Piet Oudolf, and featuring modern, perennial meadow planting alongside more traditional areas, the garden has been open to the public as a tourist attraction since 2004. Already acclaimed as one of the finest gardens to visit in North Yorkshire, it boasts the The Garden Restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious lunch or simply a refreshing cup of tea and a snack. Many of the plants that you will find in the garden can also be bought on site their plant nursery.
Scampston Hall, North Yorkshire. YO17 8NG
Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Sissinghurst Castle Garden is one of the world's most famous 20th century gardens. It is the creation of the writer and poet Vita Sackville-West and her husband, diplomat and writer, Harold Nicolson. The garden itself is designed as a series of "rooms", each with a different character of colour and/or theme, the walls being high clipped hedges and many pink brick walls. The rooms and "doors" are so arranged that, as one enjoys the beauty in a given room, one suddenly discovers a new vista into another part of the garden, making a walk a series of discoveries that keeps leading one into yet another area of the garden.
Biddenden Road, Nr Cranbrook. Kent TN17 2AB
Sudeley Castle (Photo by MykReeve. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0) Sudeley Castle
Sudeley Castle gardens are remarkable for the extraordinary depth and wealth of the sublime and beauty that lies within their bounds. Set in the midst of the Cotswold Hills, the house and gardens have grown for over 300 years around the picturesque ruins of the old castle and walls of an old Tithe barn. The history of Sudeley Castle and its award-winning gardens spans over a thousand years and contains many varied tales of royal associations, wars and periods of neglect and subsequent restoration. Sudeley’s glorious gardens are amongst the very best in England, from the centrepiece Queens' Garden, billowing with hundreds of varieties of old fashioned roses, to the Herbal Healing Garden. The renowned garden designer Sir Roddy Llewellyn is working closely with Lady Ashcombe to develop the continuing evolution of Sudeley's gardens.
Winchcombe, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. GL54 5JD
Trebah Garden (Photo by Eva Kröcher - GNU FDL 1.2) Trebah Garden
Spectacular 26 acre Cornish ravine garden, rated among the 80 finest gardens in the world. This sub-tropical paradise is home to a unique collection of rare and exotic plants, trees and shrubs winding down to a private and secluded beach on the Helford River. Discover the magic of this beautiful Cornish valley garden with over four miles of footpath. Explore under canopies bursting with exotic blooms. Follow vibrant tunnels of colour that cascade down to our very own secluded beach on the Helford River. Trebah offers visitors a year round experience. In spring, Trebah comes alive with a colourful array of 100-year-old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias; in summer, the giant gunnera is a must see for young and old. In autumn, Hydrangea Valley casts clouds of china blue and soft white across Mallard Pond and in winter, our spectacular champion trees dominate the landscape, whist plants from the southern hemisphere flower.
Mawnan Smith, Nr Falmouth, Cornwall. TR11 5JZ
Treborth Botanic Garden Treborth Botanic Garden
Treborth Botanic Garden (Welsh: Gardd Fotaneg Treborth), is a botanic garden in Wales, close to the city of Bangor, Gwynedd. It is owned by Bangor University, and is used in teaching for University students, local schools and community groups. It is also open to the public without charge. It is unusual in having within the garden a large area of native established broad-leaved woodland bounded to the north by the seashore of the Menai Strait. The gardens were laid out by Sir Joseph Paxton, the same man who designed the Crystal Palace in London. The University of Wales bought the plot in the 1960s and developed it into a world class botanical gardens, featuring woodland, exotic plants and native collections of tress, shrubs and flowers.
Bangor University, Gwynedd, Wales. LL57 2RQ
Wakehurst Place Wakehurst Place & The Millennium Seed Bank
Wakehurst Place is a National Trust property located near Ardingly, West Sussex in the High Weald of southern England, comprising a late 16th century country house and a mainly 20th century garden, managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The Wellcome Trust Millennium Building, which houses an international seed bank known as the Millennium Seed Bank Project, was opened in 2000. The aim of the Millennium Seed Bank is to collect seeds from all of the UK's native flora and conserve seeds from 25% of the world's flora by 2020, in the hope that this will save species from extinction in the wild. Explore 465 acres of country estate with ornamental gardens, temperate woodlands and an Elizabethan Mansion.
Ardingly, Haywards Heath, Sussex. RH17 6TN
Walmer Castle and Gardens Walmer Castle and Gardens
Originally built during the reign of Henry VIII as part of a chain of coastal artillery defences against Catholic attack from Europe, Walmer Castle has evolved over time into an elegant residence. The beautiful gardens surrounding the house also include a commemorative lawn, woodland walk, croquet lawn and a working kitchen garden. The remainder of the grounds are mostly wildlife gardens, a great place to spot birds. The present layout of the gardens at Walmer Castle is largely the result of the personal enthusiasm of two Lords Warden: William Pitt and Earl Granville. Frequently blasted by salty winds from the English Channel, it seems an unpromising spot for a garden. But protected by the castle, a wide variety of plants and trees flourish here.
Kingsdown Road, Deal, Kent. CT14 7LJ
Waterperry Gardens Waterperry Gardens
Whatever your passion – whether it’s gorgeous gardens and plants, fabulous food or a spot of retail therapy, Waterperry Gardens is an inspirational day out in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside. A stone's throw from Oxford and minutes from the M40, Waterperry's historical gardens date back to the 1930’s when it was run as a Ladies Horticulture School by Beatrix Havergal until 1971. The history of the estate itself can be traced back to Tudor times, and there are a number of buildings and features you can wander amongst dating from the 18th century. Today at Waterperry you can enjoy our beautiful eight acre gardens, quality plant and garden centre, gallery, gift barn, teashop and country life museum. You can also enjoy our year-round events or enrol on one of our arts, crafts and gardening courses held throughout the year.
Wheatley, Oxford. OX33 1JZ
Weston Park Weston Park
Weston Park is a country house in Weston-under-Lizard, Staffordshire, England, set in more than 1,000 acres of park landscaped by Capability Brown. You do not have to be a gardener to enjoy the magnificent gardens and grounds, as for children, there’s the small matter of a thousand acres of parkland in which to play; with a choice of attractions including a miniature railway, woodland adventure playground and giant games - to mention a few.
Weston-under-Lizard, Nr Shifnal, Shropshire. TF11 8LE
Winterbourne Botanic Garden Winterbourne Botanic Garden
Restored to its Edwardian Arts and Craft splendour, Winterbourne House is a unique heritage attraction – set within seven acres of beautiful botanic gardens. Only minutes from Birmingham city centre, Winterbourne is a hidden gem – home to beautiful antiques and over 6,000 plant species from around the world. Wander along the woodland walk, stroll through the hazelnut tunnel, cross the 1930’s Japanese Bridge or simply soak up the tranquillity of this perfectly English Edwardian home. They hold three National Collections and have lots of interesting features to see including colour themed borders, a pergola, Japanese bridge and unusual sandstone rock garden. There is also a programme of public garden events running throughout the year including open days, special interest tours, local heritage days, music concerts and an Edwardian fete.
Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham. B15 2RT
RHS Garden - Wisley RHS Garden - Wisley
The flagship garden of the RHS, Wisley, captures the imagination with richly planted borders, luscious rose gardens and of course, the state-of-the-art new Glasshouse. Gifted to the Society in 1903, only a small part of the original estate was cultivated as a garden, the remainder being wooded farmland. Over time, the face of Wisley has changed, so it is now a world-class garden in its own right, but a closer look reveals the real value of Wisley. In the trials fields, the finest flowers and vegetables are identified from the countless new introductions. Elsewhere in the garden, cultivation techniques are tried and tested, and a series of model gardens answers the needs of a variety of conditions and circumstances.

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