In Gardens

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show takes place this year from 22nd-26th May at London’s Royal Hospital Chelsea. If you can’t make it, there are beautiful gardens all over the U.K., why not visit one of our favourites?

Aberglasney Gardens, Carmarthenshire, Wales

Aberglasney Upper Walled GardenAberglasney’s 10 acres of gardens was showcased in the BBC television series “A garden lost in time” which followed its restoration and eventual opening to the public in 1999.  At its centre is an Elizabethan Cloister garden. Also in the grounds is Aberglasney’s Grade II mansion the ground floor of which was restored in 2013. Of interest in Spring and early Summer is Bishop Rudd’s Walk where you can see woodland plants not often found growing in the British Isles.


Castle Kennedy Gardens, Galloway, Scotland

Castle Kennedy Garden Aerial ViewCastle Kennedy gardens are situated between two natural lochs in the Galloway region of Scotland. The gulf stream climate in on the South West Coast of Scotland means that some rare species of tree can be found here including 20 Champion Trees, as well as rhododendrons and magnolias. There is also a walled garden.  Set in the 75 acres of garden you will find the ruins of Castle Kennedy. Lochinch Castle and gardens is at the Northern end of the Estate.


Birmingham Botanical Gardens, West Midlands

Birmingham Botanical Gardens15 acres of landscaped gardens with around 7000 plants, trees and shrubs. You will find a huge variety or species here as well as a rock pool, bandstand and children’s play area. There are four glasshouses here including the exotic Tropical House. Take one of the seasonal walks on offer which showcase the best of the seasons plants and flowers.


Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, Wiltshire

Iford Manor: The Peto GardenThis Grade I Italianate garden was designed by the Architect and landscape gardener Harold Ainsworth Peto who was resident between 1899 and 1933. This hillside garden combines plants and architecture and offers terraces, steps and views of the rural landscape and valley. Take one of the tranquil walks through the valley using public footpaths.


Clinton Lodge Garden, Sussex

Clinton Lodge GardenA formal garden of around six acres set in the grounds of the 17th Century Clinton Lodge. The garden is divided by hedges into smaller themed areas including a wildflower meadow and Elizabethan herb garden. You can also view the twentieth century swimming pool, encircled by an arcade of apples.


Borde Hill Gardens, Sussex

Pond at Borde Hill GardenThis beautiful garden is set within over 200 acres of parkland. There are numerous themed areas and walks to be experienced including Jay Robin’s Rose Garden and The Garden of Allah.  There is a children’s play area, and an array of plants for sale in the gardens shop. Why not take a picnic and enjoy a quiet spot near the lake?


Castle Hill Gardens, Devon

Castle Hill GardensBuilt in 1730 the Palladian mansion house is set in 50 acres of parkland and is now home to the 15th generation of the Fortescue family. The grounds feature various statues, follies and temples built by the family over generations. Take a woodland walk to the river and then venture to the castle on the hill, or use the paths cut into the more formal gardens in front of the house. Walk through the Millennium Garden including water feature and then on to the walled garden.


Haddonstone Show Gardens, Northamptonshire

Haddonstone Show GardenThese extensive show gardens showcase everything from ballustrades and fountains to sundials and planters. You can also view the newly constructed busts of legendary landscape gardeners Lancelot “Capability” Brown and Humphry Repton. Spend some time here and you are sure to be inspired to make some changes to your own outside space!


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Castle Kennedy Gardens
Historic House / Palace
Castle Kennedy Gardens

Famous 75-acre gardens situated between two large natural lochs. Ruined Castle Kennedy at one end overlooking beautiful herbaceous walled garden; Lochinch Castle at the other.

Castle Hill Gardens
Garden
Castle Hill Gardens

Castle Hill was built in 1730 as the Earl Fortescue's family home in North Devon. The Palladian House, in which his descendants, the Earl and Countess of Arran are living, is set in an 18th century parkland landscape with grass terraces.

Clinton Lodge
Garden
Clinton Lodge

6-acre formal and romantic garden, overlooking parkland, with old roses, William Pye water feature, double herbaceous borders, yew hedges, pleached lime walks, copy of C17 scented herb garden, medieval-style potager, vine and rose allée.

Aberglasney Mansion & Gardens
Garden
Aberglasney Mansion & Gardens

Aberglasney was made famous by the BBC television series “A Garden Lost in Time” which followed its restoration. Today it is quite simply one of Wales’ finest gardens. A plantsman’s paradise with an Elizabethan cloister garden at its heart.

Haddonstone Show Gardens
Garden
Haddonstone Show Gardens

See Haddonstone's garden ornaments set within beautiful walled manor gardens, including garden planters, fountains, statues and furniture.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Garden
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Four glasshouses take visitors from tropical rainforest to arid desert with 15 acres of beautiful, historic and landscaped themed gardens. Adventure playground, discovery garden, trails, birds, gift shop, plant sales gallery and restaurant.

Iford Manor Gardens
Garden
Iford Manor Gardens

Grade I, award-winning, Italianate garden created by revered Edwardian designer Harold Peto, who lived at Iford Manor. This romantic hillside garden is characterised by pools, terraces, sculptures, evergreen planting and rural views. Tucked away at the bottom of a tranquil valley, paths in the Italianate Peto Garden twist and turn around ancient statues, columns, terraces and architecture which, combined with ebullient planting schemes, leading you on in anticipation of the next delight. Steeped in history, visitors often say a visit was like stepping into another world.

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