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Alexandra Gardens
Alexandra Gardens is a good place to begin your visit to Windsor as it offers spectacular views of the castle on the hill. The gardens were laid out in the early 1900s and they still retain a Victorian charm which adds to the regal atmosphere of Windsor. Before walking along the promenade that takes you along the river and into Windsor, there is plenty to enjoy in the Gardens themselves. There are trampolines, a skate park, and a café offering light refreshments.
Barry Avenue, Windsor, Berkshire


Ashdown House
17th-century house perched on the Berkshire Downs. Famous association with the sister of King Charles I, Elizabeth of Bohemia, known as 'The Winter Queen'. Important paintings contemporary with the house. Spectacular rooftop views over the gardens and Berkshire Downs. Includes an Iron Age hill fort where King Alfred is thought to have battled the Danes
Limited opening times. A National Trust Property
Estate Office
RG16 7RE
Apr-Oct, Wed and Sat, 1400-1700.
Guided tour only 1415,1515,1415.

Basildon Park
Basildon Park features in the new Pride and Predudice film. See our Behind the Scenes exhibition here this year. Costumes from the film on display April - end June. Basildon Park, situated between Streatley and Pangbourne in the Thames Valley in Berkshire, was due for demolition before Lord and Lady Iliffe saved it in 1952. Between 1910 and 1952 the house was largely unoccupied. It was requisitioned in both wars and the parkland used as a training ground for the D-Day landings.The house was restored and filled with fine pictures and furniture and in 1978 presented to the National Trust who continue with its restoration and conservation. The house is a particularly fine Palladian mansion built in Bath Stone by the architect John Carr of York, for Sir Francis Sykes. Surrounding the house are gardens and pleasure grounds leading to 400 acres of park and woodland
Basildon Park Lower Basildon
Between Pangbourne and Streatley, 7ml NW of Reading, on W side of A329; leave M4 at exit 12 and follow brown NT signs to Pangbourne.

Tel: 01189 843 040
Fax: 01189 767 370
Black Park and Langley Park Country Parks
A historic parkland of 130 acres which once housed extensive herds of deer. There are many formal features to interest the visitor, including the rhododendron and azalea-filled Temple Gardens, and the walled Arboretum which has many beautiful species of trees and shrubs. The pond has been restored to an attractive feature. Nearby a group of trees were planted in 1994 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the D-day landings. Langley Park is easily accessible by road, being located opposite Black Park off the A412 Slough-Uxbridge road.
Langley Park Black Park Road
01753 511060
This spectacular estate overlooking the River Thames has a series of gardens, each with its own character, featuring roses, topiary, statuary, water gardens, a formal parterre, informal vistas, woodland and riverside walks. The present house, the third on the site, was built by Charles Barry for the Duke of Sutherland in 1851. Once the home of Nancy, Lady Astor, it is now let as an hotel. It was also the backdrop to the 1960s scandal of Jack Profumo -a minister in the Conservative government and the call-girl Christine Keeler.
Taplow, Maidenhead
Berkshire SL6 0JA

Estate and Garden: 16th March to 30th October Daily 11.00am - 6.00pm
31st October to 22md December Daily 11.00am - 4.00pm. House (part) and Octagonal Temple: 3rd April to 30th October Thursday and Saturday 3.00pm - 5.30pm.
Woodlands: 1st April to 30th October Daily 11.00am - 5.30pm. 31st October to 22nd December Daily 11.00am - 4.00pm.3rd January to 31st March Daily 11.00am - 4.00pm
01628 605 069
Dorney Court
Dorney Court has been the home of the Palmer family for more than 450 years, passing from father to son through thirteen generations. It is a Grade 1 listed building, further designated as being of outstanding architectural and historical interest. Dorney Court has always been the manor house of Dorney village which was first recorded in the Doomsday Book. Dorney Court has been open to the public since 1981. A great deal has been achieved in restoring and preserving the historic house and gardens for the future. This has been possible thanks to the interest and patronage of visitors from the four corners of the globe. The House and Estate show the evolution of the squirearchy in English country life, and of particular interest are the early family portraits, furniture and needlework. The house is surrounded by attractive gardens, making it an oasis of living history. Dorney Court has for many centuries been the focus of country life on the western fringes of Royal Windsor. The manor house lies close to the village and common, where cattle and sheep still graze. The surrounding farmlands are carefully tended as they have been for generations. Horticulture has been central to the people of Dorney. The first pineapple grown in England was believed to have been grown in the village at Pin Cottage. The pineapple became the symbol for the whole of the Restoration! Today a large carved stone pineapple stands in the Great Hall, while adjacent to the house, within the old kitchen garden, lies The Walled Garden Centre.
Court Lane
SL4 6QP  

May: Bank Holiday Mondays and the preceding Sundays 1:30pm with last admissions at 4.00pm August: Every afternoon except Saturdays 1.30pm with last admissions at 4.00pm.

01628 604 638
Englefield House & Garden
he formal garden at Englefield House was laid out in the 17th century and the terraces and stone staircases were built in 1860. The woodland and water garden on the hill above the house was designed and planted in 1936. In 1976 the formal planting and gravel paths were removed from the terrace and a new planting scheme was put in place with the assistance of Lanning Roper. There is a small garden especially created for children where four little statues conceal hidden jets of water.
The walled kitchen garden is planted with fruit trees, a large selection of vegetables, herbs, salads, roses, lavender and sweetpeas.
garden terrace at Englefield House Englefield House

01189 302 221
  Forbury Gardens
The Forbury Gardens, originally part of Reading Abbey, were laid out between 1856 and 1864. The gardens are dominated by the Maiwand Lion, an 1886 memorial to the dead of the 66th Berkshire Regiment who fell during the battles of Maiwand and Kandahar at the end of the second Afghan War (1878-80). Designed by George Blackall-Simonds, it is one of the world’s largest bronze statues at 31 feet long. Nearby is Reading Prison to where Oscar Wilde was sentenced in 1895, writing The Ballad of Reading Gaol in 1898 after his release.
Forbury Gardens Between the Forbury and the Forbury Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1

Frogmore House
Frogmore House, set in the private Home Park, is renowned for its beautiful landscaped garden and 18th-century lake. Queen Victoria was inspired to write 'all is peace and quiet and you only hear the hum of the bees, the singing of the birds'. Indeed Queen Victoria loved Frogmore so much that she chose to build a mausoleum for herself and her husband, Prince Albert, in the grounds. The interior of Frogmore House reflects the interests and talents of several generations of the royal family. In the Victoria Closet visitors can see works of art executed by three generations of the royal family - Victoria, Duchess of Kent, Queen Victoria, and a number of works by Queen Victoria's children, including Princess Victoria and Princess Louise. The garden is one of the enduring attractions of Frogmore. Queen Charlotte had a great interest in botany and was given full rein in the garden at Frogmore, which she laid out with rare and unusual plants. She formed an extensive botanical library and flowers became a major theme in the house.
Frogmore Gardens -- Berkshire Home Park

020 7766 7305
Herb Farm & Saxon Maze
The Herb Farm has a great deal more to offer than its name implies. It began some 20 years ago when Richard Scott, with enterprise and foresight, reconstructed a picturesque 18th century timber-framed barn transported from a farm south of Reading. This forms the centrepiece of the Specialist Herb Nursery, where experienced staff grow a comprehensive range of herb plants. The nursery also offers an unusual range of cottage garden plants and a selection of old style roses supplied by the renowned growers David Austin Roses. Many of the plants can be seen in mature settings in the attractive display Gardens. In 1999 a new purpose-built timber-framed barn, skillfully linked with the old barn, was opened as the Barn Shop. It contains a fascinating and ever-changing display of products that demonstrate the versatility of herbs, many of which make attractive gifts; also an eclectic collection of hand-crafted items which add a touch of elegance to the home and a sense of style to the garden. With its unique range of products, Christmas is an especially popular time to visit. A summer attraction for children is the Saxon Maze, designed by Adrian Fisher and opened in 1991. With over a mile of curving grass pathways this beech hedge maze is a challenge to all. No visit is complete without enjoying the excellent service at the recently opened Orangery Coffee Shop. A wide choice of freshly prepared food and drinks is served inside or outside in relaxed and comfortable garden surroundings.
Peppard Road, Sonning Common, Reading RG4 9NJ
The Herb Farm is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm



0118 972 4220
Highclere Castle and Gardens
Highclere Castle, home of the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, is probably the finest Victorian House still in existence. Created by Sir Charles Barry, who also designed the Houses of Parliament, the Castle dominates the magnificent grounds influenced by 'Capability' Brown. There are two exhibitions in the Castle one on Egyptology and one on horseracing. The Egyptology exhibition records the explorations of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon who, with Egyptologist Howard Carter, uncovered the tomb of Tutankhamun. The Horseracing exhibition celebrates a hundred years of Highclere's association with horseracing. There are woodland and temple walks in the grounds, these historic and enjoyable walks within the park are clearly signposted and take from 1½ to 2½ hours. Dogs are allowed on lead, please keep to the paths. The walks are open during July and August only.
RG20 9RN

  Open until 2nd September: Monday to Friday & Sunday 11am - 4.00pm last admission one hour before closing.
Closed 28th August.

01635 253210
Living Rainforest
Explore the rainforest, and discover its wonders for yourself.On your visit, look out for free roaming lizards, birds and butterflies - you never know where they will appear next! See some of the world's most popular foods, from bananas to coffee, cocoa and ginger... as well as plants that have changed the way we live today. Plus... monkeys, a crocodile and much more.

The Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys
Berkshire, RG18 0TN
 Leave the M4 at Junction 13 and follow the Rainforest signs. open daily , with the exception of Christmas Eve, when we close at 1pm, and Christmas Day and Boxing Day when we are closed
We open at 10am and close at 5.15pm. Last visitors are admitted at 4.30pm each day.
01635 202444
Old Thatch Cottage & Garden
Old Thatch, a 17th-century thatched cottage, is situated close to the River Thames on the edge of the Chiltern Hills, between Marlow and Bourne End. Beloved home to the world famous author Enid Blyton from 1929-1938, it was where she was inspired to write over forty books and plays, as well as a series called The Old Thatch. Enid was delighted by the garden and soon set about making it her own until she left in 1938. Old Thatch is now owned by the garden designer Jacky Hawthorne who has enhanced the spirit of Old Thatch and introduced structure to the garden while at the same time preserved a sense of the past. The lovely grey, sagging wood of the old arbour has been retained, as has the original well, an enticing glimpse of a former way of living.
Coldmoorholme Lane, Well End, nr Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, SL8 5PS
June, July and August   Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 5pm. Also Summer Bank Holiday weekend 
tel: 01628 527518
Savill Garden
Magnificent landscaped 35-acre woodland garden within Windsor Great Park. Spectacular Spring displays; sweeping Summer herbaceous borders; formal rose beds; fiery Autumn colours; misty Winter vistas; landscaped temperate house and Golden Jubilee Garden.
Windsor Great Park
Wick Lane
Englefield Green
TW20 0UU
01753 847 518
Waltham Place Estate
Waltham Place Estate has often been described, as, “the best kept secret in Berkshire”, and that should arouse your curiosity to visit this hidden gem. The estate includes a farm, ornamental and kitchen gardens, with a lake and woodlands. It has been managed organically for over 20 years and has matured into a thriving environment. Visitors can come and enjoy the gardens on their own or on a guided walk. Head Gardener Beatrice Krehl, takes groups around the gardens. She explains the principles of naturalistic planting used here. With the current interest in food miles, sustainability, and a greener lifestyle, education is an important part of the Waltham offering and there are tours for schools and adult courses on offer too
 Church Hill
White Waltham
Berkshire SL6 3JH


Tel. 01628 825517
Welford Park
Walks along the River Lambourne through the beech wood and enjoy the carpets of snowdrops followed by a visit to the Old Laundry Tea Rooms for a cream tea. Dogs on leads welcome.
Welford Park
RG20 8HU
01488 608 203
Wellington Country Park
Welcome to Wellington Country Park, set in 350 acres of peaceful woodlands within the Duke of Wellington's Estate. With a wealth of open space, birds and wildlife, we have all the ingredients for a wonderful family day out. There are plenty of picnic and barbeque areas, and cream teas, coffee and cake are available in the coffee shop. This is a superb place for children, with safe play areas and fascinating nature trails. There are peaceful woodland walks where you can discover our herd of red deer and other wildlife in a natural environment. The large lake is home to a variety of water birds and can be explored by boat (boating available in season). Our very popular day fishing lake is available for carp, pike, perch and tench. Wellington Country Park is an ideal touring base if you are camping or caravanning. Stay on the ETB 4 star touring campsite and enjoy free entry to the Country Park during your stay.
Odiham Road
Open daily 17th March to 24th March: 10.00am - 4.30pm. 25th March to 30th September: 10.00am - 5.30pm.
1st October to 5th November: 10.00am - 4.30pm.

01189 326 444
Windsor Great Park
Windsor Great Park covers 4,800 acres, parts of which are open to the public. Its present area was determined in the 1360s and was popular with Saxon kings as a hunting forest. The park is shrouded in mystery and legend and for over 1,000 years the story of Herne the Hunter has been told. His ghost still appears wearing the antlers of a stag, riding a phantom black stallion at the head of a pack of black hounds. He appears to warn of times of trouble and gallops through Windsor Great Park only to disappear into thin air. The park today is the perfect place for picnics, walking, cycling and horse riding.
Accessible from Windsor town centre on foot via the Long Walk, or car parks are located along the A332 that goes through the Park. Alternatively you can drive to Virginia Water and park at Blacknest Gate for a walk around the lake, where you will pass a totem pole and miniature waterfall.
 01753 743900
 Antony House
Overlooking the Lynher River, the gardens landscaped by Repton include formal courtyard, terraces, ornamental Japanese pond, fine summer borders, sculptures and knot garden. Houses national collection of Hemerocallis (610 cultivars).Antony House was constructed, for Sir William Carew, between 1711-1721. The house stands on a peninsular formed by the confluence of two estuaries - the River Tamar to the east and the river Lynher to the north; the sea forming the southern edge. The house like the nearby Cotehele was spared the ravages that so many of the countries fine houses underwent in the name of modernisation in the Victorian period.Antony House features some exceptional furnishings. A splendid collection of portraits including examples of works by Reynolds and a painting of Charles I at his trial. There are 25 acres of landscaped gardens adjacent to the house, and some 50 acres of natural woodland to explore. The house and gardens were donated to the National Trust in 1961, the gardens are currently managed by the Carew Pole Garden Trust.National Trust Members may visit the adjacent Antony Woodland Garden for no extra charge on days when Antony House is open.
                Edgecumbe House Antony Estate
PL11 2QA
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Tel: +44 01752 812191

Fax: +44 01752 815724

 Antony Woodland Gardens and Woodland Walk
Explore 100 acres of sprawling woodland garden and natural woodland walk bordering the Lynher estuary. This jungle wilderness is the perfect place for adventurous and energetic garden lovers.Don your walking boots and stretch your legs and your senses over the lush gardens and pastures. Crammed with dangling green canopies, teaming with wildlife and smattered with one of the best woody plant collections in the county, there are few better places for horticultural fans that fancy a walk on the wild side.
Antony Overlooking the Lynher River, the grounds landscaped by Repton include a formal garden with a national collection of day lilies. The woodland garden has a fine collection of rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas and magnolias
                Woodland Gardens
Antony Estate
PL11 2QA
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Nestled just inland from Fowey, Boconnoc is a beautiful estate boasting lush scenery, historical roots and grand architecture.Wind down the driveway past a striking obelisk framed by two classical shrines, and you immediately get a hint that Boconnoc is a fascinating historical garden. It's true that Charles I made the estate his headquarters during the Civil War, but more importantly, it is a rare example of medieval parkland that has survived to this day.

The Estate Office
PL22 0RG

Tel: +44 01208 872507

Fax: +44 01208 873836

 Bonython Estate Gardens
Bonython Estate Gardens in Cornwall are an exciting discovery. A major renovation of a 20-acre garden on The Lizard, the southernmost part of the British Isles. Surrounded by the farm and woodlands of the Bonython Estate, the gardens comprise a sweeping driveway with Hydrangeas and Specimen Trees; formal planting around the Georgian Manor (not open), walled garden including pool area with summerhouse, Herbaceous, Herb Garden and Potager; three lakes in a wooded valley sequence.
                Manor Bonython Estate, Cury Cross Lanes,   Helston,  Cornwall,  TR12 7BA

Phone +44(0)1326 240550     
Fax   +44(0)1326 240478

Close to the Helford River, Bosahan serves-up horticultural bliss with a breathtaking view to the estuary and sea.Bosahan has its own microclimate, enabling a fusion of tender plants from both hemispheres to flourish in the moist shelter. Radiant rows of rhododendrons and azaleas are mixed with the likes of magnolias and southern hemisphere tree and shrub species. The exotic palm groves and mature Maidenhair trees have made a lush canopy under which to explore the 'sub-tropical' environment. Bosahan is blessed with a meandering stream trickling through the centre, creating a wonderful garden for walkers to follow a trail along the fern-edged banks and palm-fringed pond.

Bosahan Estate Office
TR12 6JL

Tel: +44 01326 231351

Fax: +44 01326 231497

Not a typical Cornish garden, much more in the 'English' style with herbaceous borders at their best in summer. A series of 'garden rooms' surround the Georgian house (not open) each 'room' has its own colour themes. Original Victorian Conservatory. Woodland garden. Small specialist nursery selling a range of hard to find herbaceous plants.
Bosvigo Lane

Tel: +44 01872 275774

Fax: +44 01872 275774


This 30-acre woodland gardens and nursery boasts award-winning displays and a smorgasbord of flowering features to captivate garden-enthusiasts and horticultural amateurs alike.Burncoose is a horticultural hotspot with a reputation that attracts green-fingered keenies from all over the globe, but also one that has flaunted its horticultural talents nationwide. Visitors to Cornwall may recollect Burncoose's gold medal displays from Chelsea, Hampton Court and many other nationwide flower shows.

TR16 6BJ

Tel: +44 01209 860316

Fax: +44 01209 860011

 Caerhays Castle & Gardens
The parkland and woodland gardens surrounding Caerhays Castle were created originally from the discoveries of the plant hunters in China shortly after the turn of the 20th century.Nestled in a secluded valley above Porthluney Cove, this 100-acres of woodland gardens is one of Britain's horticultural treasures.These historical gardens have been created around a grand castle built by John Nash in 1808. Since 1370 only two families have resided here, and when the Williams family took over 150 years ago it was little more than a dilapidated castle surrounded by a deer park.
                Castle & Gardens
The Estate Office
St Austell
PL26 6LY

Tel: +44 01872 501310

Fax: +44 01872 501870


Twelve-acres of wild Victorian gardens nestled in the Helford Valley, Carwinion is home to one of the most spectacular national collections of bamboo in the country.Discover the charms of this historical garden that was created around the same time that the 18th Century house was developed. The Rogers family collaborated with the Fox's of Glendurgan to bring in rare plants, including the Dicksonia Antartica and Cryptomaria Japonica that are growing here today

Carwinion Road
Mawnan Smith
TR11 5JA

Tel: +44 01326 250258

Fax: +44 01326 250903


Indulge your sights and senses in this dramatic garden carved into the cliff edge teetering over the stunning Lamorna Cove.From its staggering perch on the edge of the ocean, this waterside garden tiers down in steep steps and terraces to meet sheltered woodland. A striking range of vibrant species stands out against a rugged backdrop, and as well as the spectacular sea view, Chygurno also boasts a unique decked vantage point that puts you on eye level with the treetops.

TR19 6XH
Tel: +44 01736 732153

Squirreled away in a steep, sheltered valley on the west bank of the River Tamar, this sprawling National Trust garden surrounds a striking medieval house.This 15th Century house with its historical garden and woodland has inspired artists, keen gardeners and wildlife enthusiasts throughout the centuries. The formal gardens outside the main house overlook a valley garden with a medieval dovecote, pond, Victorian summerhouse and 18th-century tower. Peek inside the granite and slate-stone walls of Cotehele house and discover a grand interior adorned with superb collections of rich textiles, armour and antique furniture.

                Gardens Cotehele, St. Dominick,
Saltash, PL12 6TA.
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Telephone: (01579) 351346
Infoline: (01579) 352739
Shop: (01579) 352713
Restaurant: (01579) 352711
 Eden Project

CORNWALL TOURISM AWARDS 2005 - Tourism Marketing Initiative of the Year - Gold Award Dubbed the 'Eighth Wonder of the World' by some, Eden is a dramatic global garden housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches. With a worldwide reputation Eden barely needs an introduction, but this epic destination definitely deserves a day of your undivided attention. More than just a huge, tropical garden, Eden is a gateway into the relationships between plants and people, and a fascinating insight into the story of mankind's dependence on plant life. Not only a mind-blowing visitor attraction, Eden is also fast-becoming a unique resource for education and knowledge towards a sustainable future.

Eden Project
PL24 2SG

Tel: +44 01726 811911

Fax: +44 01726 811912

Come and explore the rare and historic treasures of one the oldest gardens in Cornwall.Tucked away in Penryn, Enys can often be overlooked en route to many of the more celebrated gardens near Falmouth and the Helford Estuary. But this really shouldn't be the case - stop at Enys and you will be enwrapped by the colourful mysteries of horticultural history.

Enys Garden
St Gluvias
TR10 9LB

Tel: +44 01872 274536

Fax: +44 01872 223421

A romantic garden leading down to the beach at Durgan, with tantalising glimpses of the Helford River. Glendurgan is a feast of colour in spring from the many flowering shrubs, and wild flowers growing in profusion on the banks in early summer. To entertain children and families there is the challenge of the maze, fly high on the Giants Stride and the Victorian School Room provides a place to sit and enjoy the views. After all this exertion why not relax over a cup of tea and a snack in the teahouse. The shop and plant sales provide that perfect momentum of this 'Little bit of Heaven on Earth'.
                Gardens Mawnan Smith
TR11 5JZ
Tel: +44 (0)1326 250 906
Fax: +44 (0)1872 865 808
With the largest collection of Exotica in the UK. An inspirational, highly educational, an adventure and enormous fun to visit.

Headland Gardens

With a name like 'Headland' the stunning cliff-top position of this garden comes as no surprise. But even with such an obvious clue, you won't be prepared for the magnitude of the staggering coastal views witnessed from this waterside paradise, which opens in aid of the charities RNLI & NGS.Relax amongst a rainbow of horticultural excellence that mingles into the turquoise hues of the ocean. Thanks to the sensible feature of many discreet benches throughout this beautiful rock garden, there are plenty of places you can take the weight of the feet and let your eyes fully appreciate the lush location. Tucked into the coast by Fowey and exposed to the sea and wind on three of its colourful sides, this waterside garden has been planted with species that can withstand the salty gales and harsh conditions.

Headland Gardens
Battery Lane
PL23 1PW
Tel: +44 01726 870243
 Hidden Valley Gardens

An intimate four-acre plantation nestled in a secluded valley. Escape to this hidden garden where small is beautiful, but size doesn't limit the number and diversity of species sprouting within this little paradise. The garden has many themes including a Mediterranean area, colourful herbaceous and cottage garden beds, a 'hot' border and an iris garden.

Hidden Valley
St Austell
PL24 2TU
Tel: +44 01208 873225
  The Japanes Garden & Bonsai Nursery

Discover an oasis of tranquillity nestled in the lush Vale of Lanherne.
Set in just one-and-a-half acres, the Japanese Garden is a perfect example of what is small is beautiful. Diminutive it may be in size, but its paths lead into a myriad of divine features, including the Water Gardens, Stroll garden and a Zen Garden - created in accordance with the philosophy of the East.

St Mawgan

Tel: +44 01637 860116

Fax: +44 01637 860887

  Ken- Caro

This four-acre connoisseurs' garden enjoys panoramic views and is brimming with year-round colour.Set high above Bicton Manor Woods, Ken-Caro has been carefully planted by Mrs Willcock and her husband Kenneth - a garden-enthusiast and horticultural-columnist. Sweeping island beds lead out to a spectacular countryside view, conjuring up a miraculous sense of spacious beauty within just four acres.

Ken Caro
PL14 5RF

Tel: +44 01579 362446

Fax: +44 01579 362446

 Lamorran House Gardens

Savour the glittering sea views over Falmouth Bay from this stunning Mediterranean-style garden.Lamorran boasts over four-acres of sub-tropical paradise planted with an adventurous range of plants that flourish in its waterside location. A small but simply stunning garden, it ranks highly in our 'small is beautiful' collection, and featured in the Nation's Favourite Gardens broadcast by the BBC in 2002.

Lamorran House
Upper Castle Road
St Mawes

Tel: +44 01326 270800

Fax: +44 01326 270801

One of the most beautiful National Trust properties in Cornwall, Lanhydrock House and gardens are a must-see all year round. Superbly set in wooded parkland of 1,000 acres and encircled by a garden of rare shrubs and trees.Lanhydrock House has fifty rooms open to view, ranging from the richly furnished main rooms to servants' bedrooms, nursery and the great kitchen. Through the crenellated gatehouse dated c1641, an idyllic walk down to the River Fowey at Respryn Bridge and back through the woods, should not be missed.The historical garden with its 30-acres of woodland was laid out back in 1857, but its present format was actually established later on in the Victorian period, and many of the plants are no more than 70 years old. However, a grand atmosphere permeates the entire setting and compliments the brilliant planting of more modern times.
Lanhydrock Bodmin
PL30 5AD
Phone: +44 (0)1208 265950  -  Fax: +44 (0)1208 265959
Shop: (01208) 265952
Restaurant: (01208) 265951
 Longcross Victorian Garden
Beautiful and idyllic restored Victorian Gardens in a maze-like layout with water and granite features stretching to almost 4 acres, an example of coastal hedging and gardening. Panoramic views over Port Isaac and Port Quin Bays. The only public garden on the north Cornwall coast.

                Victorian Garden
Port Isaac
PL29 3TF

Tel: +44 01208 880243

Fax: +44 01208 880243

 The Lost Gardens of Heligan
The Lost Gardens of Heligan Asleep for over 70 years, they are now the scene of the largest garden restoration project in Europe In the northern gardens are two and a half miles of footpaths, an Elizabethan mount, rockeries, summer houses, a crystal grotto, an Italian garden, a set of bee holes, a wishing well, a walled garden. To the south lies the "jungle", a sub tropical valley overlooking Mevagissey.
Lost Gardens
                of Heligan
Pentewan, Cornwall
Tel: 01726 845100
 Marsh Villa

Discover three acres of beautiful gardens that boast vibrant beauty throughout every season.In 1985, when the present owners took over, Marsh Villa was little more than a badly drained meadow capable of sustaining only few livestock. But by 1988 a slow planting programme was in full swing and now it has matured into a lively and interesting plot. The resulting garden offers easy access to a series of garden 'rooms', each with its own distinct character and atmosphere.

Marsh Villa
St Andrews Road
PL24 2LU
Tel: +44 01726 815920
 Mount Edgcumbe House
Set in 865 acres of spectacular landscape overlooking Plymouth Sound, Mount Edgcumbe is truly a jewel in Cornwall’s crown. Originally built between 1547 and 1553 by Sir Richard Edgcumbe, Mount Edgcumbe House was enlarged during the 17th and 18th centuries. Miraculously the red stone walls of the Tudor house survived a direct hit by bombs in 1941. It was later restored by the 6th Earl between 1958 and 1964 before eventually passing into the ownership of Plymouth City and Cornwall County Councils 1971.Decorated in the 18th century style the house contains, ceramics, furniture and paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Gerard Edema and William van der Velde form the original Mount Edgcumbe family collection and can be viewed by the public during the open season.The house itself is set in Grade I listed gardens, some of the most outstanding in Cornwall. With the themed formal gardens in the lower park – English, Italian, French, American, New Zealand and many more, there is something for everyone to see. If that’s not enough, follow the 3-mile multi use trail to see more of the stunning landscape and the resident wildlife.Home of the National Camellia Collection and winner of the RHS Britain in Bloom Park of the Year, this estate has something for everyone.
Cremyll, Torpoint,
Cornwall PL10 1HZ

Tel : (01752) 822236

Fax: +44 01752 822199

The present Georgian House was completed by Sir John Molesworth, 5th Baronet, circa 1770. The East side has an imposing Palladian entrance; on the West can be seen part of an older house; whilst the back faces a courtyard, cottages, Tea Rooms and a Children's Play Area. The interior contains an impressive inner hall and vaulted ceiling and a vast heating stove made in Plymouth in the 1830s. The music room has a fine plaster ceiling depicting the four seasons; with simulated birds-eye maple grained panelled walls. The panelled entrance hall has a secret door into the drawing room. There is a superb collection of paintings with works by Arthur Devis, Samuel Scott, Richard Wilson, Henry Raeburn and many other well known artists, in addition to the family portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds, set amongst some outstanding furniture and porcelain.

Pencarrow Bodmin
PL30 3AG

Tel: +44 (0)1208 841 369
Fax: +44 (0)1208 841 722
Penheale Manor House Gardens

Savour the scents and sights of this beautiful woodland garden that envelopes a grand manor house and which opens in aid of the R.N.L.I and Egloskerry Village funds.Enter the courtyard through a gatehouse and loggia, and you will soon find that the grandeur doesn't waiver its initial impact. Two more similar courts above the house boast pavilions at each end, and there is also a raised walk from which to view the treasures of the gardens.This historical garden was proclaimed to be 'one of the finest and best preserved specimens of ancient manorial residences in the county' in 1867. Yet by 1920, when Colonel Norman Colville took over the estate, it was in a state of ruin. However the Colonel's admiration for Devon's Castle Drogo inspired him to engage Edwin Lutyens to restore and extend the house.

Penheale Manor Gardens
PL15 8RX

Tel: +44 01566 785693

Fax: +44 01566 785762

 Penjerrick Garden
Visit one of the most unspoilt and beautiful gardens of Cornwall. This garden is of considerable historic and botanic interest but also the perfect place to relax. Discover hidden paths, duck under branches that grow across the paths, and marvel at numerous tree ferns and enchanting blooming shrubs. We always enjoy returning to Penjerrick Garden and hope you will feel the same.
                Garden Budock Water
TR11 5ED
Tel: +44 (0) 1872 870105
 Pine Lodge Gardens

Explore 30 acres of herbaceous borders, shrubberies and water gardens boasting one of the largest collections of plants in the county.Experience a true horticultural hotspot brimming with rare and radiant plant species. Stroll through an enchanting collection of colour and scent, from the Japanese garden and the arboretum, to the stunning National Collection of grevilleas.

Pine Lodge
St Austell
PL25 3RQ

Tel: +44 01726 73500

Fax: +44 01726 77370

 Pinsla Garden & Nursery

Lose yourself in a creative and romantic garden perched on the edge of Bodmin Moor.Discover one-and-a-half intimate acres of inspirational planting that blends informally into its cradle of wild woodland. Pinsla's petite plot of chaotic colour can only translate to prove that small is beautiful. Meander along winding slate and stone paths, through native plants such as honeysuckle, ferns, wild ivy and grasses that are intertwined with exotic agave, bamboo and cordyline.

Pinsia Garden
                & Nursey
Pinsla Lodge
PL30 4AY

Tel: +44 01208 821339

Fax: +44 01208 821339

 Potager Garden

Potager is a new organic garden emerging from an old nursery near the Helford Estuary. The garden provides a relaxed environment with an informal mix of herbaceous planting, accentuated with vegetables and fruit. Home-made cooking in the glass house cafe, hammocks, games and sculpture make Potager a friendly and peaceful retreat.Located close to the village of Constantine, just five miles west of Falmouth.

High Cross
TR11 5RE
Tel: +44 01326 341258
 Prideaux Place
Prideaux Place is a delightful Elizabethan manor house within extensive grounds located near the popular harbour town of Padstow. This beautiful historic house and gardens has been owned by the prominent Prideaux family of Cornwall for approximately 400 years. The house itself, which was built in 1592 by Nicholas Prideaux, offers many hidden treasures and beautiful décor for visitors to admire.  The stunning, well kept grounds include formal gardens and a deer park and are a wonderful place for a relaxing stroll followed by refreshments in the tearoom! Open Sunday to Thursday from May to October, Prideaux Place is a wonderful place to visit for a tranquil break from the norm
                Place Padstow
PL28 8RP

Tel: 01841 532411
Fax: +44 01841 532945

  Roseland House

Roseland House is a 1 acre garden with a large range of unusual plants with conservatory and plant nursery surrounding old Mine Captain's House.Small is beautiful, and in the case of Roseland House, small is crammed with a surprising array of colour and horticultural interest for a garden placed right in the middle of mining country. This one-acre paradise parades a vast range of unusual plants around an old mine-captain's house. It's a great place to escape the crowds and you will often find the creators of the garden on hand to discuss anything related to plants and gardening. Its abundance of flourishing colour is even more of a shock when you learn that when the current owners arrived in 1983, the garden was featureless, empty of plants, and without shelter.

Roseland House
Roseland House
Tel: +44 01872 560451
 St Michael's Mount
The jewel in Cornwall's crown, this magical island has a church, a medieval castle (home of the St. Aubyn family for over 300 years), an exotic garden clinging to the steep flanks, and an ancient harbour where you will find shops, restaurants and an audio-visual presentation on the history of the Mount.Access from Marazion is by foot along the causeway, or by ferry at high water. Sensible footwear is recommendedGarden EveningsJoin us on a special guided tour of the magical gardens at St. Michaels Mount. The tour is followed by a delicious gourmet buffet at the National Trust Sail Loft Restaraunt, prepared using local produce by our award-winning chefs.Tours of the CastleFrom 6 November until 14 March there will be tours of the castle every Tuesday and Friday at 1100 and 1400. (Closed Bank Holidays).Also open on 27 and 28 December – call 01736 710507 for details. Normal admission prices apply.
St Michael's
                Mount Marazion,
 Penzance, TR17 0EF.

  Email St Michaels Mount.
Tel : (01736) 710507
Tide & Ferry Info: (01736) 710265
Trebah is a magical 26-acre ravine garden descending to a private, secluded beach on the historic Helford River. A stream cascades over waterfalls, through ponds full of giant Koi carp and exotic water plants, through two acres of blue and white hydrangeas, before spilling out over the beach. Glades of enormous tree ferns, bamboos and palms mingle with giant gunnera and a rolling canopy of 100-year old rhododendrons, magnolias and a multitude of trees and shrubs, with ever changing colour and scent throughout the year.This is a garden that children adore. They marvel at the gunnera passage, a tunnel of giant rhubarb 16 feet high, and race around the bamboozle. Trebah is full of play areas and trails for children of all ages, and with swimming and picnics on the beach, it makes the perfect setting for a family day out.The award-winning Planters Cafe serves mouth-watering homemade dishes. With a wide selection of gifts and plants in the Gallery and Garden Shops, and dogs welcome in the garden, Trebah really does have something for everyone.
                Gardens Trebah
Mawnan Smith
TR11 5JZ |
   Email Trebah Garden
Tel: +44 (0) 1326 250448
Fax: +44 (0) 1326 250781
 Tregothnan Botanic Garden

World renowned private 40 hectare botanical garden. New camellia maze, South American garden and 'champion' trees. Deer park views. Home of the first English tea. Complementary cream tea served in historic summerhouse. East guest receives individual attention. Ponds, vistas and unequalled scale and diversity.
Open all year round by appointment only.

                Botanic Gardens
Tegothnan Estate Office
St Michael Penkevil

Tel: +44 01872 520000

Fax: +44 01872 520291

Large woodland garden created over the last 200 years, forming an exotic green gene bank of known source plants, in a temperate rainforest. Also fine glasshouse range in more formal walled garden area. Open for groups any time by arrangement.
PL24 2SJ

Tel: +44 01726 814389

Fax: +44 01726 814389

Trelissick is a garden of rare beauty, set as the jewel in an estate of 500 acres, which is surrounded by water on three sides. The garden is a plantsman's delight, with collections of rare and exotic shrubs that thrive in the mild Cornish climate. Of particular renown are large collections of hydrangeas, rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias. The garden also has the National Collections of Photinias and Azaras. The planting within the garden has been developed to provide colour throughout the year.As well as the garden there are five miles of woodland walks on the estate to enjoy, many of which follow the side of the River Fal and its creeks, and are a delight with the shipping and wildlife to enjoy.There is a restaurant, a shop and two galleries. The restaurant sells food that is prepared mainly from local produce. The shop sells an exciting range of gifts, of which many are locally produced. The two galleries have a range of both arts and crafts that are all inspired and produced in Cornwall.There is an exciting range of events throughout the year: check out the National Trust website on the Trelissick page for further details.
Trelissick Feock,
Near Truro, TR3 6QL.

Tel : (01872) 862090
Shop: (01872) 865515
Gallery: (01872) 864084
Restaurant: (01872) 863486

Escape to the wild beauty of these woodland gardens that blend into the rugged terrain of The Lizard Peninsula. Discover this grand Domesday manor and historical garden that records prove to date back to 1428, when the Vyvyan family inherited the estate. The house was re-modelled in Georgian fashion, when its chapel was decorated with Strawberry Hill Gothic plasterwork. Walk across the formal lawns around the house, and follow granite steps up to the raised walk and pleasure gardens that were replanted and restored in the mid-18th Century.

TR12 6AF

Tel: +44 01326 221224

Fax: +44 01326 221440

A very mild climate and a renowned collection of trees & shrubs makes Trengwainton a plantsman's dream-garden. Many of the species growing here originate from the plant-hunting expeditions on the 1920s, and the garden includes some of the largest tree ferns in the West Country. The magnolia garden with champion specimens opens in March & April.A renowned feature of Trengwainton is the series of walled gardens with unique sloping beds where future restoration is planned. Beyond the walled gardens, visitors can follow the stream & meandering paths up to a terrace with summerhouses, a slate toposcope & glorious views over Mount's Bay. Dogs on leads are welcome.
                Garden Madron,
near Penzance,
TR20 8RZ.

Tel : (01736) 363148
Shop: (01736) 362297
Tea-room: (01736) 331717

A delightful small Elizabethan manor house, Trerice is an architectural gem hidden away from the world in a web of narrow lanes and still somehow caught in the spirit of its age.Behind the Dutch-style gabled facade are ornate fireplaces, elaborate plaster ceilings and a collection of English furniture of the highest quality.The summer-flowering garden is unusual in content and layout and there is an orchard planted with old varieties of fruit trees. Trerice also features a shop, restaurant, plant sales and a museum which traces the history of the lawnmower.

Trerice Kestle Mill,
Newquay TR8 4PG.

Tel : (01637) 875404
Shop: (01637) 879216
Restaurant: (01637) 879434
Tresco Abbey Gardens

The tropical gardens at Tresco Abbey in the Isles of Scilly have long been a popular place with tourists visiting the islands. The gardens were originally planted by Augustus Smith in the early 19th century, when he was lord proprietor of the island. The ruined abbey buildings seemed to be an ideal spot for a garden, which soon grew from a small formal area into a seventeen acre site of terraces, walkways and fish ponds.Augustus Smith was responsible for importing and planting many of the exotic species seen in the gardens today. Over a period of forty years, he developed the gardens to include various species of palm trees and succulents alongside various other exotic plants. This included the first planting of trees and shrubs to form the Long Walk.The Dorrien-Smith family have continued to develop the gardens since the latter part of the 19th century. One of the first and most important adaptations was the construction of a windbreak composed of Monterey pines and cypresses. This provided additional shelter for further exotic varieties from such places as New Zealand and South Africa. The ruins of the abbey itself are particularly attractive due to the attractive climbing plants which have been encouraged to festoon the old stones.The mild climate of the Scilly Isles has enabled many plants, normally only grown under glass in the British Isles, to thrive here. There are banana trees and citrus trees, which fruit regularly. Many of the more tender varieties are found in the Well Garden and around the series of small pools from which the West Rockery climbs upwards. Throughout the gardens are a number of viewing points offering wonderful vistas of the sea and gardens.Tresco Abbey Gardens are open all year. A boat trip from Hughtown on the main island of St Mary’s takes the visitor to Tresco, where there are a number of hotels and guest houses catering for visitors. During the summer season, there is also helicopter access.

Trsco Abbey
Isles of Scilly
TR24 0QQ
Tel: +44 01720 424105
Trevarno Estate Gardens & The National Museum of Gardening

Trevarno Gardens is one of Cornwall's secret treasures. Set in a valley, 2 miles from Helston, home of the Flora dance, this wonderful Victorian garden is a plantsman's paradise, featuring an extensive collection of trees, shrubs and exotic plants. Other notable features include the 100 year-old Serpentine Yew Tunnel and a Victorian Boathouse.The Estate also includes the National Museum of Gardening containing a remarkable celebration of Britain's glorious gardening heritage in ten themed areas, illustrating how gardens and gardening have influenced people's lives.There's also the Vintage Soap collection supporting our Organic Skincare production; a Vintage Toy Collection, Plant Sales, Shop, Children's Play Area, .Extended Estate Walk and Viewing Platform. Various events throughout the year.

                Gardens Trevarno Manor
TR13 0RU
Tel: +44 (0) 1326 574 274
Fax: +44 (0) 1326 574 282

Enjoy the peaceful beauty of this intimate woodland garden that is home to one of the largest camellia collections in the country.Venture just beyond Penzance and you will come across this low-key woodland garden that was planted in the late 19th Century. The garden began to gain recognition under Thomas Bolitho and is famous for being the site of possibly the earliest tin workings in the county. Part of the garden is set in a medieval open-cast tin mine, and in addition to a magnificent array of over 300 varieties of camellias there is also an abundance of magnolias.
One of the most superior collections of tree ferns in the Northern Hemisphere now grows from one of the old mining pits, including some species that are over 150 years old.

Buryas Bridge
TR20 8TT

Tel: +44 01736 366800

Fax: +44 01736 368142

 Trewithen Gardens
The gardens cover 30 acres, and were created around 1900. The extensive woodland gardens are surrounded by park land. The gardens are one of only two in Cornwall to be awarded three stars by the Michelin Guide
Grampound Road

Tel: +44 01726 883647

Fax: +44 01726 882301

Trewoofe House Garden

Venture to the far western tip of Cornwall and discover wet and wild beauty crammed into just two tiny acres.Explore a historical garden perched at the top of the rugged Lamorna Valley. Trewoofe was first planted in 1913, when Charles and Ella Naper - two artists who came to join the Lamorna Art Colony - purchased three small Cornish meadows edged with sycamores. Inspired by their surroundings and keen to meld their passions of art and gardens, the Naper's enlarged the ancient leat that runs through the garden on its way to Clapper Mill, and created a pond. They then planted gardens around the house, leasing the rest for growing flowers to be sold at the markets.

Trewoofe House Garden
TR19 6PA

Tel: +44 01736 810269

Fax: +44 01736 810269

 Trist House

Escape to the tranquil beauty of this five-acre garden nestled in the traditional village of Veryan.

Steal away to a tranquil horticultural hotspot brimming with rose terraces, historic rockeries and herbaceous borders. Whatever time of year you visit, even in its perfectly formed five acres, Trist House manages to put on a radiant show unmatched by many of the bigger gardens in the region.

Trist House
Tel: +44 01872 501422
Arlington Court
Arlington Court is hidden in a wooded valley on the edge of Exmoor. There is a Victorian garden complete with conservatory and ornamental pond.  A partially restored kitchen garden which produces fruit, vegetables and flowers for the House and Tearoom.  Stunning walks in the historic parkland including stream fed valleys and tranquil lake with heronry and bird hide. In Spring there are lovely drifts of bulbs, followed by azaleas and rhododendrons. Take time to visit the House including a great collection of shells. There is also a collection of over 50 horse drawn carriages.
 Nr Barnstaple, Devon,
 EX31 4LP
 Tel 01271 850296

Becky Falls
On Dartmoor near Bovey Tracey. Cascading waterfalls and 60 acre woodland estate with river walks, pets garden, nature trails, tea room, ice-cream parlour, gift shop and restaurant.

Manaton, Nr Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9UG
Open from 10am every day, March to October, school holidays and winter weekends (weather permitting)

01647 221259

Berry Head Country Park
Berry Head is Torbay's most important wildlife site.  It also features Napoleonic fortifications, geological formations and landscapes designated as being of national importance.  There are several species of rare and threatened plants growing at Berry Head.
01803 882619
Bicton Park Gardens
Spanning nearly 300 years of horticultural history, these magnificent gardens are set in East Devon's picturesque Otter Valley, between the ancient city of Exeter and southwest England's Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Bicton Park has lovely gardens set in 50 acres near the sea. The gardens date from 1874 and include the Palm House built in the early 1800s.Italian Garden, Oriental Garden and many plants including azaleas, camellias, flowering cherries. Hermitage garden with lake and pinetum.  So much to see and don't forget the fuchsia and geranium houses and the temperate house. Large museum detailing changes in agricultural life over the last 2 centuries.
 East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton
 EX9 7BJ
Open All year 10-6 summer 10-4 winter
01395 568465
Blackdown Hills
The Blackdown Hills Rural Partnership brings together local communities, local authorities, interest groups and national agencies to promote environmental, social and economic initiatives that will help ensure the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) remain a healthy, living landscape for future generations

Devon/Somerset Border
 Halifax House, Hemyock, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 3QW

Tel: 01823 680681
Broadlands is a rare and precious area of ancient woodland with a wealth of interesting wildlife: bluebells, goldcrests, speckled wood butterflies and coppiced wych elms. There are also good views from the adjoining area of grassy public open space. Local people appreciate Broadland's variety and accessibility.
Off Broadlands Avenue in Newton Abbot, this small community woodland is a green gem in a built-up area.

Buckfast  Abbey
Tucked away in its own secluded valley, the house built by Sir Richard Grenville, hero of The Revenge, incorporates the remains of a small but influential 13th-century Cistercian monastery. Later on, his great rival Sir Francis Drake lived at Buckland during the turbulent period of the Armada, and the house contains interesting memorabilia from this time, including Drake’s drum The gardens at Buckfast Abbey are designed to create a feeling of tranquility. What's on offer depends on the time of year

Yelverton, PL20 6EY

6 miles (10km) S of Tavistock, 11 miles (18km) N of Plymouth. Turn off A386 0.5 mile (1km) S of Yelverton and follow the brown tourist signs  Check opening times on website
01822 853607
Burrow Farm Gardens
 A beautifully landscaped seven acre garden created over the last forty years by Mary Benger.  Awarded * status in the 'Good Gardens Guide', Burrow Farm Gardens will appeal to both the plantsmen and those seeking a relaxing walk round a tranquil garden with extensive views.  It includes a fascinating woodland garden created in an ancient Roman clay pit, and the most recent addition is the millennium rill garden. Homemade Cream Teas and light refreshments will complete your day's enjoyment at Burrow Farm Gardens.
EX13 7ET
01404 831285
Canonteign Falls and Lakeland
Nature trails, the highest waterfall in England, woods & lakeland. Miniature ponies, wildfowl, junior commando course, picnic area, shop, all weather barbecue & restaurant.
Near Chudleigh,
tel : 01647 252434
Castle Drogo
Nr. National Trust owned property designed by Sir Edward Lutyens between 1910-30 built from granite and oak and with formal gardens. This garden at Castle Drogo is within the grounds  of a 20th century castle with magnificent views of the Teign valley. Planned by George Dillistone.
The Castle Drogo garden is a series of formal terraces and borders, with galleries round the sunken centre, serpentine paths, rose beds, arbours of yew. There are beautiful herbaceous borders full of old varieties of lupin, lychnis, campanulas, hollyhocks and red pokers. Under the granite walls are perennial and spring bulbs leading to terraces with yuccas, herbs, magnolias and a splendid croquet lawn. (croquet equipment for hire.
 EX6 6PB
01647 433306
Castle Hill Gardens
Welcome to Castle Hill, a beautiful Palladian house in its wondrous Grade 1 landscape in North Devon. Share the romance of the Woodland Garden.
Wander through rare trees along tranquil paths where magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas grow in abundance together with profusions of daffodils, bluebells and primroses.
Visit the Sham Castle with all round views to distant horizons before a peaceful decent brings you to the Millennium Garden, a summer haven of lavender and gentle colours.
 Castle Hill, Filleigh,
Barnstaple, Devon,
EX32 0RH

 Tel 01598 760336

Coleton Fishacre House and Garden
Oswald Peregrine Milne, a pupil of Sir Edwin Lutyens, designed the house and the architectural features of the garden for Rupert and Lady Dorothy D’Oyly Carte and it was completed in 1926. The elegant Art Deco influenced interior is furnished as a family house in the ‘spirit of the D’Oyly Cartes’ with original light fittings and the delightful Spencer Hoffman pictorial over-mantle picture in the library.
Kingswear, Dartmouth, TQ6 0EQ
Situated 3 miles (5km) from Kingswear off the Lower Ferry road B3205. 5 miles (9.5km) from the A379 junction with the Paignton to Brixham ring road. Follow the brown tourist signs and at the Hillhead junction turn left onto the B3205 and thence to the property via a left turn at the toll house. Opening: House :23 Mar - 30 Oct   11 - 4:30 Garden  :5 Mar - 20 Mar   11 - 5   23 Mar - 30 Oct    10:30 - 5:30 
01803 752466
Dartington Hall Gardens
A truly magnificent landscape garden most of which has been created in the 20th century, at the rear of Dartington Hall. A woodland garden with rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias has been set round a series of clever terraces on the steep hillside. There are magnificent trees, a Japanese Garden, borders all of which are meticulously maintained. Beatrix Farrand designed the Courtyard and helped with the woodland glades. Percy Cane built the long staircase and planted the yews- the 12 apostles. Rest a while and take in the unusual surroundings. Truly a great garden to visit.
Dartington, Totnes,

Tel : 01803 862367
Docton Mill Gardens
The Garden started in the 1930's but fell into disrepair in the 1970's. 1980 saw the Mill renovated and Garden cleared with extensive planting and the creation of a new Bog Garden and borders, vast numbers of trees were planted. The start of the new Millennium saw developments including a new Magnolia Garden with large Herbaceous borders, Woodland Garden and Greenhouse area enabling more extensive plant propagation. The Wild Flower Gardens theme is to make everything as natural as possible. In spring there are displays of narcissi, primulas, camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas with bluebells covering the woods. In summer the garden abounds with roses, there is a rosebank of Felicia and Pax and adjacent to this is the Herbaceous border. In this field there are 25 varieties of magnolia - truly a garden to give variety throughout the seasons. The Garden is open 1st March to October 31st, 10am to 6pm
North Devon
EX39 6EA


Tel :01237 441369
Escot Country Park and Gardens
Escot Ltd is a testimony to rural business in the 21st century. Since 1984, John-Michael and his wife Lucy have instigated a dramatic evolution of this traditional East Devon rural estate, sensitively managing a programme of diversification that has been imaginative, bold and highly successful .Escot Gardens - Laid out in the 18th century as 220 acres of ‘Capability Brown’ parkland and gardens, generations of the Kennaway family have since travelled the world bringing back a wide range of shrubs and magnificent champion trees.  Contemporary design elements have been added by Ivan Hicks, the well-known TV gardener-artist.  Woodland paths and trails lead to the remarkable new 4,000-beech-hedge maze; to the birds of prey with their summertime displays; through the beginnings of an International Tree Foundation wood, carpeted with beautiful flowers in Spring; through the wild boar and otter enclosures; to an award-winning aquatic centre and a dedicated wetlands conservation area.
Parklands Farm, Escot,
Ottery St Mary, EX11 1LU

Tel :01404 822188
Farway Countryside Park
Welcome to Countryside Park Farway, East Devon's favourite farm based tourist attraction, where you are guaranteed a fun day out for children and adults of all ages. Enjoy the breathtaking views as you walk the woodland nature trail, passing sheep and rare breed cattle fields. Feed the baby lambs, calves and goats, before visiting the nursery to hold the baby chicks, ducklings, rabbits, guinea pigs and many other animals.
Colyton, EX24 6JL
Opening Times daily from 3rd Saturday in March 2005 to 30th October 2005 10.00am to 5.30pm   
Winter Opening Times from 2nd November 2004 to 3rd Saturday in March 2005 every Saturday,Sunday and school holidays from 11.00am to 5.00pm

01404 871367
Flete House
The garden at the historic Flete House in South Devon is slowly being restored after decades of neglect. A Victorian walled garden which was left to fall into disrepair for 50 years, is being restored to its former glory. The garden is at Flete Estate - an historic site near Ermington in South Devon.  There has been a Manor at this spot since the time of the Conquest. Then, during the 19th century the magnificent gardens were created.  However, the gardens slipped into disrepair at the outbreak of WW2, and from 1956 to 1998, they were used to grow Christmas trees. And the project even has the support of the Chinese Government.

Plymouth, PL21 9NX

We are situated on the A379 Plymouth - Kingsbridge road, between Yealmpton and Modbury.

01752 830308
Garden House
The Garden House is a magical place: a place designed to meld with its surrounding landscape to create an almost ethereal beauty; a place where luxuriant, brilliant colour creates unforgettable panoramas; a place where the past meets the present and stands at the gate of a bright future.

  Buckland Monachorum, Yelverton,   PL20 7LQ.

01822 854769
The Gnome Reserve and Wild Flower Garden
For a completely unique 100% fun experience, simultaneously 100% ecologically interesting, with an extra 100% wonder and magic mixed in, visit The Gnome Reserve

West Putford,
Nr Bradworthy, EX22 7XE

01409 241435
Greenway  was once the family home of Agatha Christie. It is surrounded by a glorious woodland garden on the banks of the Dart Estuary.
 Beautiful in all seasons and renowned for rare half-hardy plants under planted with native wild flowers, Greenway has an atmosphere of wildness and timelessness.
This true 'secret' garden of peace and tranquillity with wonderful views, is set within an extensive estate and associated with many fascinating characters.
 Greenway Road,
Galmpton, Brixham,

Tel :
 01803 842382
Hartland Abbey
    Situated in an unspoilt valley leading to a remote Atlantic cove, the Abbey offers peace and tranquility and also the woodland gardens, fascinating secret 18th Century walled gardens, the Baronets Bog Garden.

Bideford, EX39 6DT.

01237 441264
Heddon Hall
Whenever it has been opened in the past for the NGS, Heddon Hall Garden has attracted widespread admiration. Jane Keatley began her work here in 1987, with creative input from luminaries such as Carol Klein and Roy Lancaster. Taking advantage of its sheltered position, she has made it very much a gardener’s garden, with a wonderful collection of exotic species, shrubs and ferns, many of which are the results of dendrological trips abroad.  The walled garden, laid out by Penelope Hobhouse, has clipped box hedges and cordoned fruit trees as well as flowers, herbs and vegetables. The mainly herbaceous rose garden is home to some ‘bizarre’ pleached limes trees. This leads onto a glorious informal rockery and bog garden, where the River Heddon tumbles into the three renovated stew ponds.  Enjoy the intimate valley setting from the terrace afterwards with a delicious home made cream tea.
Heddon Hall   Parracombe,
North Devon
EX31 4QL

 Tel /Fax: 01598 763541
Hill House
Hill House Garden - Set amongst rolling Devon Countryside this 3 acre garden surrounds a charming one time vicarage.  It was made famous by Edward Hyams 'an Englishmans Garden'. The garden has been restored by the Hubbard family and has many unusual plants and a lovely atmosphere. To view on request  is a 'temple' which Edward Hyams bought from a junk shop more than 50 years ago and installed on the side lawn, looking down over the Rhododendron walk.This garden is worth a visit combined with time spent at the Hillhouse Plant Nursery which is outstanding.
Hill House Garden Hillhouse Garden and Nursery
Landscove, Ashburton,
Newton Abbot
TQ13 7LY
 Tel 01803 762273
Holbrook Gardens
The Holbrook Garden garden is nestled in the lovely Devon countryside.
If you want to see manicured paths and formal borders this garden is not for you. But if you want to get ideas for an informal wildlife friendly garden then a visit here is a must. At the rear of the house paths through abundantly planted gravel beds lead to a more wooded area. Paths take you through to different vistas with logpiles, bird boxes and native shrubs. There is a summer meadow with asters, helenium species, lobelia, purlpe loostrifes and more.
Sampford Peverell, Tiverton,
Devon, EX16 7XN
 Tel 01884 821164
18th Century house set in a magnificent 6,400 acre estate known as a plantsman's paradise with something to see throughout the year. The house features tableaux & exhibitions on clothing. Killerton House is  beautiful hillside garden for all seasons set in the rolling devon countryside.  There is something for every season with early spring flowering bulbs, magnolias, azaleas, herbaceous borders and great autumn colours. Killerton is a plantsman's paradise with rare trees and shrubs from all around the world collected by the Veitch family. The Summer Borders to the side and front of the house are a mass of colour in the summer. Early 19th century summer house, the Bears Hut, ice house and rock garden. Visit the house with its costume collection dating from the 18th century. The House and Gardens are surrounded by beautiful parkland.

Broadclyst, Exeter, EX5 3LE
On the W of the Exeter-Cullompton road (B3185 formerly A38, entrance off the B3185); from M5 southbound, take junction 28 and B3181 Cullompton-Exeter road; from M5 northbound, take junction  30 via Pinhoe and Broadclyst and B3181 Exeter-Cullompton road. 

01392 881345
Knightshayhes Court
Designed by William Burges and begun in 1869, Knightshayes is a rare survival of his work. The rich interiors combine medieval romanticism with sumptuous Victorian decoration and hold many interesting treasures. The smoking and billiard rooms, elegant boudoir and drawing room all give a wonderful insight into the ‘high noon’ of grand country house life. Edward kemp designed this 50 acre garden at Knightshayes Court but it owes much  to the Amory family who devoted themselves to its development. Formal terraces and summer flowering borders, drifts of spring bulbs, a topiary fox and hounds and a tranquil lily pool. this extends into the ' garden of wood ' of rare trees which is magical. The striking Victorian gothic house is a rich combination of medieval romanticism and lavish decoration. Knightshayes Court is just great!
Bolham, Tiverton, EX16 7RQ
Exit M5 at junction 27 on to North Devon Link Road. After approximately 7 miles (11.5km) turn right at roundabout on to A396 (Bampton). After 0.5 mile (1km) turn right in Bolham, signposted Knightshayes Court.
01884 254665
Lee Ford Gardens
Country estate gardens with woodland garden, formal lawns, walled vegetable garden and kitchen gardens

 Lee Ford
Budleigh Salterton
 Easily reached by coach/ bus. At the bottom of the hill into Budleigh from Exmouth, by the Knowle Village turning on the left. 300 yards on the left.
01395 445894
Lukesland Gardens
Lukesland Gardens, described in the Good Gardens Guide as ‘one of the finest gardens of its type in the South West’, offers the visitor 24 acres of flowering shrubs, rare trees and wild flowers. The gardens lie in the beautiful valley of the Addicombe Brook, which cascades down from Dartmoor through ponds and over waterfalls towards the River Erme. At Lukesland the acid Dartmoor soil and mild climate of South Devon provide ideal conditions for a fine collection of camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas, some dating back to the original Victorian planting. Lukesland also has 4 Champion and over 40 Notable trees on the National Tree Register, many in its fascinating pinetum.
Lukesland Harford,
Ivybridge, Devon,
PL21 0JF

 Tel :
01752 893390
Marwood Hill Gardens
Marwood Hill Gardens are delightful and cover 20 acres with many plant collections and year round interest created by Dr Jimmy Smart MBE VMH when he moved there in 1949. Upper Garden - Camellias and rhododendrons are planted on the walk along the north side of the walled garden, including 3 borders of herbaceous peonies.
Lower Garden - The path to this garden with its small lakes passes plantings of bamboo. The Bog garden houses a superb National collection of Astilbes.
There is so much to see at Marwood Hill Gardens. Do not miss it.
Marwood Hill Barnstaple,
EX31 4EB

 Tel 01271 342528
The Mythic Garden
The Mythic Garden is a 5 acre garden presenting an annual sculpture exhibition amid National Collections of Birch and Alder in a landscaped water & woodland setting. We are situated in the Dartmoor National Park and enjoy fine views to the moor. The sculptures are complemented by the informal plantings of trees, shrubs and perennials. We are confident that you will enjoy our unique, peaceful garden; whether you are a lover of art or nature.
 Stone Farm,
Chagford, Devon.
 TQ13 8JU

 Tel/Fax: 01647 231311
Oldway Mansion
This impressive Mansion, is laid out in 17 acres of spectacular gardens.The house was built as the home for Issac Merritt Singer of sewing machine fame. The house was add to after Issac's death by his son Paris, to make it into the impressive build that it is today.Open all year round from 9 am till 5 pm Monday to Saturday.Oldway Mansion is also Torbays Register Office.
Oldway Mansion

Torquay Road, Paignton
Oldway is in Preston, Paignton on the main Paignton/Torquay road. Buses stop at the gate

01803 207933 / 201201
 Orchid Paradise
The award winning Burnham Nurseries show a fine display of rare and exotic orchids in a paradise garden. Open daily all year.  BURNHAM NURSERIES is situated in picturesque South Devon and is a family business run by the Rittershausens since 1950 and now in its third generation.
 We have the largest selection of orchid species and hybrids available in the UK and our nursery can be visited any time of the year.  We are open 7 days a week from 10am to 4pm and plenty of free help and advice is always on hand!
Burnham Nurseries Ltd
Forches Cross
Newton Abbot
  TQ12 6PZ

Tel   01626 352233       

Fax           01626 362167
Overbecks Gardens
This lovely coastal garden at Overbecks has stunning views of the Salcombe Estuary and is set just above the coastal path. The garden is very sheltered and is home to a wide range of Sub Tropical plants including many palm trees. Lovely herbaceous borders full of colour, sub tropical border and other interesting shrubs and plants.
Interesting museum in Edwardian House which has a secret room for children with dolls, tin soldiers and other toys. Overbecks Gardens are well worth seeing.
Great  Tea Room , plant sales, shop, some disabled access with strong companion!

 Tel 01548 842893
Rosemoor Garden
New National Garden: 40 acres set in the Torridge Valley with arboretum, formal planting, potager & 200 varieties of Rose. Visitor centre, shop, restaurant & plant centre.Come and see this enchanting 65 acre garden set in the beautiful   Torridge    Valley   . Whatever the season, Rosemoor is a unique place that people return to time and again for ideas, inspiration or simply to enjoy a marvellous day out. From Lady Anne’s original garden to the Rose Garden’s (with over 2000 roses), the Fruit and Vegetable Garden , the Arboretum, Lake and Bog Garden , there is something for everyone to enjoy.  Rosemoor also holds over 80 exciting events throughout the year including horticultural talks, walks and demonstrations, children’s workshops, family events, musical and dramatic performances and many more!
RHS Rosemoor

 Great Torrington,
 North Devon
EX38 8PH

Tel : 01805 624067
Saltram House and Gardens
Set on the outskirts of Plymouth this magnificent house is surrounded by 20 acres of Parkland. The Garden is mainly woodland with some lovely trees including a fine Lime avenue bordered by Bluebells in the Spring. There is a good collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias. The Garden is at its best in the Spring with narcissi and other spring bulbs. Peaceful formal pond area with backdrop of fine trees and shrubs. Fine Orangery  and classical garden house named Fanny's Bower. Childrens play area and other family activities.

Plympton, Plymouth, PL7 1UH

3.5 miles (5.5km) E of Plymouth between Plymouth - Exeter road (A38) and Plymouth - Kingsbridge road (A379). Signposted from A38 Marsh Mills roundabout
01752 336546
Tapeley Gardens
Tapeley Gardens offer beautiful terraces with tender plants, an Ilex tunnel, a thriving Permaculture garden, a straw bale house and a bountiful walled kitchen garden.
Walk to the woods to the lake where the largest Thulia trees can be seen. The views from the front lawn are right across to Lundy Island, weather permitting and across the bay to Saunton Sands which also belongs to the Estate.
Visitors can enjoy the refurbished cafe (The Orangery) with lovely home made fayre with organice vegetables from the gardens.
Tapeley Park   Instow,
Nr Bideford,
 EX39 4NT
 Tel 01271 860897
Winsford Walled Garden
Tucked away in the beautiful North Devon countryside is Winsford Walled Garden.  The original garden owner's family can be traced back to the Cornish artist Henry Bone R.A. (1755-1834), through the most famous of all Victorian African Big Game hunters, Capt. F.C. Selous, friends of whom included US President Theodore Roosevelt. In the past, there were 30 gardeners and 500 linear feet of greenhouses.
Today, features abound in this inspirational garden for the summer, with Agapanthus, Cannas, ornamental gingers, herbs and large numbers of herbaceous perennials.  The 300' south wall grows subtropical climbers. Developing bamboo grove and alpine house.  Beautiful teak Victorian greenhouses.
Winsford Walled Garden  Halwill Junction
EX21 5XT


 Tel 01409 221477
The Lower Gardens in Bournemouth are only a five minute walk from the main shopping centre, the beach and the pier. Visitors who walk through the gardens will be amazed by the beautiful floral displays that combine a range of colours, textures and scents. The Gardens also have plenty of activities to keep visitors busy including the Bournemouth Eye, music at the Pine Walk bandstand, an aviary and an art exhibition during the summer. There is also a large rock garden which was built in the 1930s.
Lower Gardens
Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 2AQ


Gardens descending at 3 levels beside Tudor manor-house, remodelled in c1660s. Italianate garden and fountain court. Fishponds, orangery and summerhouses. Wild garden with specimen shrubs and trees. Surrounded by wooded landscape with magnificent views. Gifts and plants for sale. Licensed cafe.
Voted 'The Nation's Finest Manor House' by Country Life magazine.Mapperton House is open to individuals Monday-Friday between 23rd June-1st August  and also on Bank Holiday Mondays  between 2pm - 4:30pm. Group visits by arrangement.

Mapperton House & Gardens Mapperton
Email Mapperton House

Tel: +44 01308 862645
Fax: +44 01308 863348
MacPennys Woodland Gardens consists of approximately 4 acres of established woodland gardens. It was created out of gravel pits in the early 1950s. A canopy of mainly indigenous trees and specimens shelter underplanting of many rare and unusual plants. We have a riot of colour in spring and again in autumn. There’s also a large nursery where many of the plants seen in the gardens may be purchased. Open all year except Christmas and New Year, Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm and Sundays 12pm-5pm
MacPennys Woodland Gardens
154 Burley Road, Bransgore,
Christchurch, Dorset BH23 8DB 
E-mail MacPennys Woodland Gardens  
Phone: +44 (0)1425 672348  -  Fax: +44 (0)1425 673945
Athelhampton is one of the finest 15th century manor houses and is surrounded by one of the great architectural gardens of England. The house contains many finely furnished rooms including The Great Hall, Great Chamber, Wine Cellar and newly open to the public the Library and Billiard Room. The glorious grade I garden, dating from 1891, is full of vistas and gains much from the fountains and River Piddle flowing through
Athelhampton Athelhampton, Dorchester, DT2 7LG Off the main A35 (signposted) at Puddletown, near Dorchester .  March to October, Sunday to Thursday, 10.30am to 5pm. November to February, Sundays only, 10.30am to dusk
01305 848363
Domineys garden and arboretum open in 2008 on Sundays 13 April, 18 May, 10 August from 2pm to 6pm and on 26 October 12 noon to 4pm. Visits on other days by appointment. All seasons garden with rare and interesting plants in artistic setting. Small arboretum with 300 trees and shrubs, bulbs and perennials. A place to enjoy every day come rain or shine. Flowers of spring, shades of green, colours of autumn, stems of winter. Teas and Plant sale on open Sundays. Between Dorchester and Sherborne Admission £3.50 children free.All proceeds to charity - National Gardens Scheme and Arthritis Research Campaign.
Domineys Gardens Buckland Newton
DT2 7BS   map


Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 in this small cob and thatch cottage and from here he would walk to school every day in Dorchester, three miles away. It was built by his great-grandfather and is little altered since the family left. The interior has been furnished by the NT (see also Max Gate). His early novels Under the Greenwood Tree and Far from the Madding Crowd were written here. It has a charming cottage garden.
Hardy's Cottage Higher Bockhampton, nr Dorchester, DT2 8QJ 3ml NE of Dorchester, ½ml S of A35. From Kingston Maurward roundabout follow signs to Stinsford and Higher Bockhampton. Open 18 Mar–31 Oct 11–5 (except Tuesday & Wednesday)
See National Trust Map
01305 262366

Kingston Maurward has been described as both a 'Hidden Gem' and 'One of Dorset's best kept secrets!'. Formal Edwardian garden with stunning ornamental lake in front of the 18th Century Mansion House. The Animal Park has a collection of miniature Shetland Ponies, Donkeys, Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Kingston Maurward Gardens Kingston Maurward is signposted from the roundabout at the Eastern end of the Dorchester bypass.
Open daily from 5th January to 21st December 10am to 5.30pm.

* Guardian listed B & B nearby- See guest house list.
Tel: 01305 215003
Wander peacefully through 20 wild woodland acres, where magnolias, rhododendrons, eucryphias, hydrangeas, water plants and water lillies provide a new vista at each turn, with small lakes and cascades landscaped in the 18th Century. Home of the Churchill and Digby families for 350 years. Described by Simon Jenkins as 'a corner of paradise'
The house, with many Churchill pictures and tapestries, is open for organised groups only. Contact 01300 341370
Minterne Gardens Minterne Magna
DT2 7AU  map
Tel: +44 (0) 1300 341 370
Fax: +44 (0) 1300 341 747
The gardens have been created on the site of the old kitchen garden of Moreton House. Originally laid out in 1742 the three and a half acres, together with a similar sized walled garden next to these gardens produced fruit, vegetables and flowers for the 'big house' for almost two hundred years until 1940. The Dig for Victory campaign during the war, followed by some years as a pig farm and latterly as a nursey destroyed any original planting but the framework of the garden survived. In the shop is a copy of a map of 1765 showing the plan, easily recognisable today.
Moreton Gardens Moreton
DT2 8RF  map
Tel: +44 (0) 1929 405084
Fax: +44 (0) 1929 405346
Compton Acres is one of the finest privately owned gardens in the South. A unique series of stunning themed gardens spread over 10 acres offer beautiful views. There is also a tea room and cafe, a restaurant, craft shop and model railway.
Compton Acres 164 Canford Cliffs Road,
Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset
Tel: 01202 700778
can be found on the rolling hills that lie to the west of Swanage beach. The park is a fantastic site of around 260 acres where you can see stunning views and an abundance of natural beauty, flora and fauna as well as magnificent marine mammals and bids, all set in nature's great open book. The park hosts a wide range of events throughout the year including dolphin watches and Durlston Castle is being developed as one of the key visitor centres for the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
Durlston Country Park Durlston
BH19 2JL  map
Tel: +44 (0) 1929 424443
Fax: +44 (0) 1929 424443

The Castle destroyed by Cromwell's men in 1646, together with the church and surrounding village, has been reconstructed in Purbeck stone to 1/20th scale. It is set in a stunning old English garden, with an Enchanted Woodland Walk. Working stocks and pillory are a feature.  Described as `3 Great Venues in One', the attractions include Corfe Castle Model Village, Traditional Dorset Gardens and The Courtyard Café.
Corfe Castle Model Village The Square, Corfe Castle,
 Dorset BH20 5EZ
Open in high season 6 days a week. Closed Fridays. School holidays seven days a week. Open low season weekends only
 01929 481234. Fax: 01929 481234
In 1959 Norman Bennett started growing water lilies in the disused clay pits of Chickerell Brickworks. Since then his son, Jonathan, has overseen the landscaping of this 8-acre site to create Bennett's Water Gardens, a lovely walk around numerous lakes with scenic places to sit and unwind. The gardens have one of the most outstanding displays of water lilies in Britain (150 varieties) surrounded by huge pond and moisture loving plants, palms, native trees, wild plants and flowers. The gardens, ponds and reedbeds are home to abundant wildlife. Some of the original water lilies came from the same French nursery that supplied Monets water lily garden in Giverny.
Bennets Water Garden 19 Putton Lane, Chickerell, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 4AF
Tel: 01305 785150  |   Fax: 01305 781619
A Queen Anne Manor house (designed by Thomas Archer) with lawns, good herbaceous borders and a new rose garden.

Dorset, , DT11 8DB
Tel : 01258 830858
A terraced garden enclosed by a hedge, and woodland garden, run in conjunction with a nursery (Abbey Plants).
Chaffeymoor, Bourton,
Gillingham, Dorset,  SP8 5AY


Historic gardens surrounding at 12th Century Manor House, divided by walls and hedges, including a white garden, mount garden, a water and wild garden. There is a magnificent display of spring bulbs and fine avenues of beech, lime and yew.
Cranborne Manor Cranborne, Wimborne Minster, BH21 5PP  In Cranborne off the B3078. Garden Centre: Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sundays 10am to 5pm  Gardens: Wednesdays only, March to the end of September, 9am to 5pm.
01725 517248

13 peaceful acres of partly wild gardens, with specimen trees, lawns, borders, a delightful herb garden, kitchen garden with long serpentine wall, rose garden, peacocks and beautiful monastery fish pond.
Deans Court Garden Wimborne Minster, BH21 1EE  In the centre of Wimborne Minster, off of East Street. Open April 11th & 12th, May 2nd, 3rd, 23rd & 24th, August 29th & 30th and September 12th. Sundays 2pm to 6pm and Mondays 10am to 6pm
01202 886116

A fine Tudor Manor House with Georgian additions and an unusual octagonal Victorian dairy. The delightful walled garden has a herbaceous border and gives keen gardeners the opportunity to see organic gardening in practice.
Edmondsham House Edmondsham, Nr Verwood, BH21 5RE   In Edmondsham village, off the B3078, Wimborne Minster to Cranborne road.  Wednesdays, April and October, 2pm to 5pm and Easter Sunday & Monday, 2pm to 5pm
01725 517207

Two gravel gardens, two bulb lawns, formal themed borders, natural pond and stream, Buddleia walk and grasses border, wild flower meadow, artist's studio and an old rifle range!
FARR'S LODGE Cowgrove,Wimborne Minster, BH21 4EL. Situated on Cowgrove Lane to the side of the Victoria Hospital in Wimborne Minster..  Easter Monday (12th April) and Sundays, 2pm to 5pm. Please contact Wimborne Tourist Information Centre for further details on (01202) 886116. Tel:
01202 885130
Kingston Lacy was the home of the Bankes family for over 300 years. All four floors are open to visitors and contain lavish interiors. The Edwardian laundry gives a fascinating insight into life below stairs 100 years ago.The gardens and parkland open with flowering bulbs in the spring, then camellias, azaleas and bluebells. Enjoy summer visits to the formal gardens with floribunda roses, parterre, sunken garden, fernery and lovely hanging baskets.
Kingston Lacy Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, BH214EA
 On the B3082 Wimborne to Blandford road, approximately one and a half miles from Wimborne.20th March to 31st October, Wednesday - Sunday (and Bank Holidays), 11am to 5pm.
See National Trust Map
01202 883402

Exciting collection of grasses and perennials thrives within a mature framework of unusual trees, shrubs, tumbling waterfalls and pools. Mediterranean style gravel garden, 'Dragon' garden and exotic Summer garden. A nationally acclaimed specialist nursery for grasses and perennials. A quality experience
KNOLL GARDENS NURSERY Stapehill Road, Hampreston, Wimborne Minster, BH21 7ND Signposted off the A31 from Canford Bottom roundabout, nr Wimborne.Wednesdays to Sundays, all year, 10am to 5pm (or dusk if earlier).Closed Christmas and New Year Holiday periods
01202 873931 Fax:
01202 870842
The museum opened in 1962 and has a 300 foot walled garden reaching down to a mill stream behind the museum. There is a display of horticultural and agricultural implements.
Priest's House Museum and Garden, Dorset 23-27 High Street,
 Wimborne Minster,
 Dorset,   BH21 1HR

One of Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe's favourites among his own design projects.
Shute House,
Donhead St Mary,
 Dorset,   SP7 9DG


See magnificent award winning gardens, 19th century buildings with nuns chapel and cloister garden. Working crafts people and a 12,000 sq.ft. museum depicting life in bygone days. Licensed coffee shop, Gift shop, and plant sales
Staplehill Gardens  276 Wimborne Road West, Stapehill, Nr Wimborne, Dorset. BH21 2EB
off the A31 between Wimborne and Ferndown
Open daily from 10am to 5pm Easter to end of September. Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm October to Easter. Closed Christmas Holidays to the end of January
Tel: 01202 861686

A great park, made by the Duke of Somerset and shown on a drawing by Kip in 1699. It is one of the main examples of the French style in England. William Kent designed a number of buildings with the pattern of radiating avenues, which Canaletto painted in 1748. The design is not unlike that of Cirencester Park, which is nearby. Thomas Wright added additional garden buildings between 1750 and 1770. There is also a private garden, part of which was designed by Russell Page, which is occasionally open for charity.

A William and Mary house with an Arts and Crafts style garden designed by Rosemary Verey after 1951. The partly walled garden has been publicicised through the designers books and TV appearances. It is planted in the Jekyll manner and has a lime walk, a lily pond, an ornamental vegetable garden and statuary.
he Close, Barnsley, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, 
 GL7 5EE

Tel :  01285 740 000
The Batsford Arboretum is set in 55 acres of lovely Cotswold Countryside and contains  over 1500 trees with species from all over the world. Tracks take you though to different parts of the arboretum. Beautiful colours throughout the year, snowdrops in winter, followed by daffodils and then marvellous displays from the Cherries and Magnolias. In summer see the bamboo groves, fine bronze statues and waterside plantings. It all comes together in Autumn with glorious Autumn tints. It is worth allocating around 2 hours to your visit here. Many other gardens nearby to Batsford Arboretum and there is an adjoining Birds Of Prey centre with flying displays.
  Moreton in Marsh,

Tel 01386 701441
A romantic 12th century castle overlooking the watermeadows of the Doverte Brook. The battlements are used as terraced gardens. It has a park, an Elizabethan bowling lawn, a lily pond and extensive planting, notably of climbers. Romantic 12th century castle built by the Berkeley family and still lived in by them today, overlooking the water meadows. Surounding the Castle are Elizabethan terraced gardens planted for scent and colour. Nearby is the medieval Deer Park. Also in the gardens, Elizabeth I's bowling lawn, a lily pond and extensive planting, notably of climbers.
Berkeley Castle Garden Berkeley, Gloucestershire,  , GL13 9BQ

Tel : 01453 810332
Bourton House - An exciting 3 acre garden surrounding an 18th century manor house (not open) and 16th century Grade I listed Tithe Barn.  Extensive topiary including knot garden and parterre; stunning herbaceous borders; water features; 18thC raised walk; unusual shadehouse; specimen trees.  A plantsman's paradise! Bourton House 2010 - Open to public every Weds, Thurs, Friday from June to September.  Open to groups (min 20 people) from May to October (advance booking essential).  NGS Open Day Sunday 15th August.  Tea/Coffee & home-made cakes available in Tithe Barn.  Ample parking.  Limited disabled access.  Toilets/Disabled toilet.  Sorry, no dogs.
Bourton House Knot Garden  Bourton on the Hill,
 Nr Moreton in Marsh,
GL56 9AE,


 Tel: 01386 700754
This secret Cotswold garden at Cerney House, high above the lovely Churn Valley is a very special and friendly place. The walled garden has a lovely atmosphere and you can admire the plants as well as listening to the birdsong from the surrounding woods. See the old fashioned roses along the trellis, herbaceous borders and wonderful scents. In April there are lovely displays of tulips joining the last of some very special daffodils. There is a well labelled  herb garden and working kitchen garden. Colourful rockery. The 3.5 acre red brick walled garden has many colourful borders and seating areas. In Spring  wander through the Bluebell woods down to the front garden which has more colourful borders.
North Cerney, Cirencester GL7 7BX

 Tel 01 285 831300
This leading example of the English Forest Style of garden design requires an informed eye and an enthusiasm for walking. The park is 8 km long and 4.8 km wide. Stephen Switzer may have advised on the design. Pope came here over a 30 year period and invested money in the afforestation. Its planting was Lord Bathurst's major achievment. The forest is transected by a goose-foot of avenues, inspired by baroque geometry. But the intention was to make a rural retreat which would be useful and peaceful. It was not designed, like the baroque gardens of Italy and France to impress, visitors with the owner's wealth, power or fashionable taste. By far the best view of the park is from the top of the church steeple in Cirencester.
Cirencester, Gloucestershire, 
 GL7 2BT

Tel: 01285 653135        Fax: 01285 656291
The snowdrop collection at Colesbourne Park originated in the plantings made by Henry John Elwes (1846-1922). In 1874 he had discovered Galanthus elwesiis while travelling in western Turkey and he became one of the prominent galanthophiles of his day. It is clear that he planted widely, as the garden today contains large populations of snowdrops, many of them hybrids, descended from those plantings. New cultivars have been added to the collection each year, with the collection now totalling some 160 cultivars.
 Nr Cheltenham
GL53 9NP

 Tel 01242 870264
A William and Mary house with deer park and garden. Only a fragment survives of the garden which was designed by London and Wise and illustrated by Kip in 1712. It was converted to the Serpentine Style in the eighteenth century. Humphry Repton worked here after 1800.

Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire nr Chippenham, Gloucestershire, 
SN14 8ER
Tel : 0117 937 2501
A Cotswold stone house with an Arts and Crafts garden designed by Brenda Colvin.
Lechlade, Gloucestershire, 
 GL7 3JQ

Hidcote Manor is one of the greatest gardens in England  created this century by the great horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnston. This garden at should not be missed. A series of small gardens within a garden each with its own, but also with long avenues bordered by different plantings. The garden is famous for rare shrubs and trees as well as its outstanding design features. See the herbaceous borders which gives a great splash of colour from July.  Walk amongst the old scented roses. Take your time to go round and don't forget  to take the camera. Can be crowded at weekends.
 Hidcote Bartrim, Chipping Campden,
 GL55 6LR

 Tel 01386 438333
The Gardens at Highnam Court have been lovingly restored and expanded. The gardens surround several large lakes, with walkways around them. They are bordered by beds planted with thousands of plants to give colour  and interest in all seasons. Whilst many of the plantings are still young becoming established there is much to see. In Spring there are thousands of daffodils throughout the grounds, planted together with other spring bulbs to give a tremendous show. There are many different sections including the Broad Walk and rose tunnel, a Knot Garden, a Wisteria walk and much more. A large oval Rose Garden has been planted with over 2000 roses and 60,000 Spring Flowering Bulbs.
 Highnam, Gloucester,

 Tel 01452 308251
A 14th century Cotswold Barn barn with a large Arts and Crafts garden. It has stone walls, hedges, topiary, a water garden and a woodland garden. It is well planted with a particular enthusiasm for roses.Very unusual C15 dovecote converted into family home undergoing restoration (not open). Cotswold stone walls act as host to climbing and rambling roses, clematis, vines, hydrangeas, and together with yew, rose and tapestry hedges create formality around house. Mixed shrub and herbaceous borders, shrub roses; water garden; woodland garden planted with cherries, magnolias and spring bulbs.
Shipton Moyne, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, 
 GL8 8PR


Tel :
01666 880202
Hunts Court is not so much a garden but a collection of plants set out in borders bypassed with informal grass paths. It is set high up on the Cotswold Hills and the scenic drive to the garden is beautiful. The speciality here is the collection of over 400 roses which are every where you look flowing from the borders onto trellis, and intermixed with foxgloves and other perennials. You will need to wander round more than once not to miss anything. There is other interest with a good collection of hardy geraniums and the small arboretum is starting to become established.A plant lover's garden with unusual shrubs, 450 varieties old roses, large collection of penstemons and hardy geraniums in peaceful 21/2 -acre garden set against tree-clad hills and Tyndale monument. Mini-arboretum. House (not open) possible birthplace of William Tyndale. Picnic area.
 North Nibley, Dursley, GL11 6DZ

 Tel 01453 547440
A sixteenth century house with an Arts and Crafts garden. It was used as a country house by William Morris from 1871-1896 and has a simple well-made 'Old English' garden, as befits the opponent of Victorian eclecticism. The planting at Kelmscott Manor has been restored, with well-chosen plants.
Kelmscott, nr Lechlade, Gloucestershire, 


Kiftsgate Court Gardens are magnificently situated garden on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment with views towards the Malvern Hills. The gardens planted around the late 19th century house are planted to give harmonious colour schemes, whilst the sheltered lower garden is home to more tender plants.Sunken garden  with fine show of bulbs, but the roses are the true highlight of the garden. June and July are the best months to visit for colour and scent but there is something to see all year round at Kiftsgate Court.Very close to Hidcote Manor.
  Chipping Campden, Gloucester GL55 6LR

 Tel 01386 438777
Set in beautiful countryside the Lydney Spring Gardens  are in an enchanted secluded wooded valley with lakes and a profusion of rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and other flowering shrubs and trees. Plenty of birdsong and places to sit make this a really peaceful oasis on a sunny day. Small formal garden with lovely views over the Severn Estuary. Roman Temple, site museum, and small NZ  exhibition.
Don't miss the yummy cream scones! served in the elegant dining room.
 Lydney Park,  Glouc, GL15 6BU
 Tel 01594 842844
Mill Dene Garden: hidden in the Cotswolds.  ‘We were searching for the spirit of the Cotswolds, and found it at Mill Dene’.  A recent Japanese visitor.  This is a garden to nourish your senses.   Horticultural skill is carried lightly but you will still go home with ideas for all season pleasure in your garden.  Set round an old water-mill and pond , the garden is terraced up steep sides to beautiful Cotswold views at the top. The herb garden has the village Church as a backdrop, had views over the hills and is probably sited over the old Saxon burial ground. A misty grotto is home to the ducks ,named trout in the stream hide from the kingfisher and heron, but are not much worried by the family’s Birman cats.  Come and enjoy the peace
 Moreton-in- Marsh,

 Tel 01386 700457
Lovely 12 acre gardens set around 17th century Manor house - not open. Misarden Park Gardens are in  a stunning situation 700 feet above sea level at head of Golden Valley. Beautiful Spring Walk with naturalised bulbs and flowering trees. Displays of tulips from mid April and a wonderful wisteria ( end of April ) which cloaks the front of the House. Formal gardens in summer with large herbaceous borders, rill and fountain. Fine topiary avenue which takes you down to the House with more formal areas either side. All in all a really good way to spend your time. Neighbouring plant nursery with good selection of plants.
Misarden Park,
Miserden, Stroud,
Tel :  01285 821303
A Tudor house (1450-1616) in a wooded valley with an Arts and Crafts garden. The grass terraces and hedges are believed to date from the 1720s. Vita Sackville West exclaimed 'Owlpen - ah! what a dream is there'. Jekyll and Weaver wrote that 'Among the notable examples of little hillside gardens treated in formal fashion, none is more delightful than that of Owlpen'.

Uley, nr Dursley, Gloucestershire, 
GL11 5BZ

Tel :  +44-(0)1453
Painswick Rococo Garden is a unique 18th century garden set in a hidden valley with lovely views of the surrounding countryside. There is a fascinating combination of  woodland walks, vistas, a large kitchen garden which has been restored. Some more formal borders which are still developing.  It is famous for its snowdrop displays in winter, coming into their best (28 January ) and likely to last several weeks subject to suitable weather.
 Painswick, Gloucestershire

 Tel 01452 813204
A stunning courtyard garden greets you as you enter through the door by the side of the Rodmarton Manor. The courtyard is divided into many sections with lovely plantings and colourful pots amongst areas of dappled shade. This leads to the outstanding herbaceous borders, one of the best that you will find in Southern England. The path takes you to a charming summer house which looks back towards the  manor house. The atmosphere of the garden is superb with many different vistas and plenty of places to sit and take it all in. Combine your visit with a tour of this arts and crafts house at Rodmarton Manor.
 Tetbury, Cirencester
  Gloucs, GL76PF 
 Tel 01285 841253 
This garden at Sezincote surrounds a  fine house built to encompass Indian character in 1810. It is reminiscent of the Brighton Dome. The Indian influence is seen in the garden and the drive goes over an Indian Bridge with statues of bulls.Water features include a temple pool, Canal, stream bordered with bog loving plants. More formal gardens to the side of the house with elephant statues. Fine trees include copper beeches, cedars, limes and yews with many unusual shrubs. In Autumn the tints are marvellous. Many architectural items give these gardens at Sezincote a distinctive feel. Take time to see inside the House which is superb.
Sezincote, Moreton-in-Marsh,
 GL56 9AW

Tel : 01386 700444
Delightful hillside garden surrounding beautiful Cotswold manor. Designed in the Arts and Crafts style, the garden consists of a series of contrasting 'outdoor rooms.' Simple colourful plantings tumble and scramble down the terraces and around byres and ponds. Enjoy produce from the kitchen garden in the restaurant
nr Broadway
 WR12 7JU

Tel : 01386 852410
Stanway Manor House is surrounded by 20 acres of grounds which are now complemented by its newly partly restored baroque water garden. This is one of the finest in Britain with pyramid cascade ( not restored), upper pond, waterfall, grand canal and 300 foot high fountain from June ( superb ). There are some exceptional trees including old cedars of Lebanon. Breathtaking views. The Gardens are now largely neglected, but at one time must have been majestic with a cascade to match that of Chatsworth. Oh for it to be restored.
  Nr Winchcombe, Gloucs
GL54 5PQ
   Tel 01386 584528
This garden at Sudeley Castle surrounds a fine castle which was desecrated by Cromwell in the Civil war. Designed almost as a continuation of the Castle, the inspiration for the gardens draws on and reflects Sudeley’s rich history. Eminent landscape designers including Lanning Roper, Rosemary Verey, Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall and, more recently, Charles Chesshire have all been involved in the design and layout of the gardens. The 14 acres of grounds includes, the Queens Garden, Tudor Knot Garden, Secret Garden and the Carp Pond next to the Tithe Barn. Some great topiary! The Garden is probably best seen from May onwards.
 Winchcombe, Gloucs
GL54 5JD

 TEL 01242 602308
Trull House is magnificently set in rolling countryside and surrounded by gardens of many sorts, splendid trees and shrubs. There is a large lily pond with terraced gardens, the sunken garden focusing on the summerhouse. The wilderness features a mass of spring bulbs that give way in summer to a wide variety of natural grasses and wild flowers. Behind the beautiful house is the walled garden in which there are a series of herbaceous borders. Despite its size (8 acres) the Trull House Garden is intimate and from it there are stunning views of the Cotswold landscape
 Near Tetbury, Glos,


 Tel : 01285 841255
This formal Dutch Westbury Court Water Garden was laid out between 1696 and 1705. Historical varieties of apple, pear and plum with many other plants introduced to England before 1700. The Water Gardens include a long canal bordered by yew hedges. An elegant Dutch style pavilion is at the head of one canal. There is a secret walled garden and don't miss the holm oak which could be the oldest in the country. The Westbury Court Garden is set on low land on the banks of the River Severn.
Westbury Court Garden, Nr Gloucester, GL14 1PD

  Tel 01452 760461
Westonbirt Arboretum,  the National Arboretum is known worldwide for its trees. Over 18,000 of them  from all over the world, planted since 1829 and plantings continue today. 17 miles of way-marked trails and something to see in every season from vibrant autumn colours to bluebells, and spring flowers. The acers also look great in the spring with their mellow tints while the older and more mature trees are coloured with emerald green. The display of Autumn tints from around early  October is a marvellous sight and is not to be missed. Well worth making a special visit.
Westonbirt,   Tetbury,  Glouc,

Tel 01666 880220
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East Hants Local Explorer

Get 20 per cent off admission price to some of the area's top attractions this summer with East Hampshire District Council's new discount card.

The Local Explorer Card is now available on-line or at Tourist Information Centres and will offer East Hampshire's visitors good times for less.The card, which costs just £5, is valid for six months and entitles up to five people entrance to participating attractions at a 20 per cent discount. It can be used an unlimited number of times within the six month period. Among the attractions signed up to the scheme are Birdworld, Gilbert White's House, Mid-Hants Railway Watercress Line, Butser Ancient Farm and Milestone in Basingstoke. Tim Beere, Marketing Manager for Mid Hants Railway, said: "We are delighted to be participating in East Hampshire District Council's Local Explorer Card scheme. We operate a 10 mile steam railway line between Alresford and Alton and this card offers a 20% discount on entrance fees. A normal family ticket costs £30 and using this card saves you £6 which so it pays for the cost of the card the first time you use it. The cards are available from Grayshott Pottery, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Horndean, Forest Lodge Garden Centre, near Farnham, Petersfield Town Hall and the Tourist Information Centre, Petersfield.The Phoenix Theatre in Bordon will also be selling the cards and offering a £1 discount on theatre tickets to card holders. For up-to-date offers and information on how to get hold of the card go to: www.easthants.gov.uk/localexplorer or get in telephone 01730 234066.

 HamtunscirGardens & Opening Times
Abbey Gardens   

The Abbey Gardens and Mill are part of the site of St Mary’s Abbey, once one of the largest religious houses in England. In November 1539 the Abbey was surrendered to Henry VIII as part of the Dissolution of the Monasteries and most of the monastic buildings were demolished. The site was subsequently gifted to the City by Queen Mary Tudor to celebrate her marriage to Philip of Spain in the Cathedral in July 1554. The land was later divided into two, the eastern part was occupied by a fine town house and formal gardens that survive today as the Mayor of Winchester's official residence and public gardens. The western part of the site was cleared for the City's Guildhall in 1873. Remains of St Mary’s Abbey can be seen at the back of the Guildhall.

The Broadway, Winchester,  

Alice Holt Woodland Park
This ancient forest is famous for its oak trees which once supplied timber for building navy ships. Recently, Alice Holt oak has been used to build a replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. Today the area has been designated a Woodland Park which means that it is managed for the benefit of its visitors, its wildlife, as well as a working forest.
Cerdic Bentley near Alton,  GU10 4LS

01420 23666

Ashford Chase
One of Hampshire's most beautiful woodland areas, where the poet Edward Thomas and his wife Helen lived before his death in the First World War. 323 acres of woodland and beech hanger, with magnificent views over the surrounding area.
http://www.wessex.me.uk/Hants%20pics/ashford.jpg The nearest town is Petersfield, but roads to Alton and to Liss form part of the road boundary of the area, to which the name Ashford Chase is conveniently given, though in fact it is made up of a series of hills running east from Stoner to Wheatham. Footpaths cross the area from almost every direction.

Avon Valley Path
from Christchurch to Salisbury via Ringwood, Fordingbridge and Downton. A 34 mile walk through the Avon Valley, a wildlife heritage area

Cerdic The walk starts or finishes at Salisbury Cathedral and Christchurch Priory. The route is well marked with a variety of signposts, nameplates and waymarks, all in the same distinctive colours of green and beige, bearing the bridge symbol. In towns similar markings will be found on street furniture.

Bishop's Waltham Nature Trail
A circular walk of about two miles around the countryside immediately to the east of Bishop's Waltham.

Cerdic Bishop's Waltham Nature Trail
Moors Nature Reserve and Chase Mill

Bishop's Waltham, Southampton,

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Bramdean House
Traditional 6-acre garden on chalk, famous for mirror-image herbaceous borders. Carpets of bulbs, especially snowdrops, in the spring. Very many unusual plants incl collection of old-fashioned sweet peas and hardy/tender nerines. 1-acre kitchen garden featuring prizewinning vegetables, fruit and flowers  Open: Suns 14 Feb; 14 Mar; 11 Apr; 13 June; 11 J
 SO24 0JU
4m S of Alresford.  In centre of village on A272
Tel : 01962 771214
Braxton Gardens
Braxton Gardens are located two miles north of Henry VIII's Tudor Castle at Hurst. Come and explore the walled garden and courtyard with its cooling pool and fountain, designed around the attractive red brick barns of an original Victorian farmyard. The gardens contain many beautiful roses, including the Apothecary's Rose and the Eglantine Rose.
Cerdic Braxton Gardens, Lymore Lane, Milford-on-Sea, Lymington,  SO41 0TX
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Broadlands Gardens
A Palladian house in a serpentine park, home to Lord Palmerston in the eighteenth century and to Lord Mountbatten in the twentieth century. The park was designed by Lancelot Brown, as were some parts of the house. Dorothy Stroud writes (p138) that 'In addition to new lawns and plantations, Brown must have have been responsible for alterations at this time to an earlier orangery'. The view of the house across the River Test to the house is an eighteenth century classic.. The House is closed 2009 -2010 for refurbishment.
SO51 9ZD
Broadlands is on the A3090 Romsey by-pass, ½ mile from Romsey town centre. The M27 motorway runs 3 miles from Broadlands providing excellent motorway and trunk road links in all directions - Central London is only 2 hours from Broadlands via the M3 and M27 motorways. Drivers should leave the M27 motorway at Junction 3 if approaching from the North and East, or Junction 2 if approaching from the West, and follow the signs to Broadlands.

Tel 01794 505010
Browndown Reserve
In the fen north of Browndown Road still grow the aromatic Sweet Gale, Bush Grass, Saw Sedge, Purple Small- reed and Bog St. John's Wort
Cerdic Stokes Bay Road, Gosport ,
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Clarendon Way

A 24 mile walk joining the two Wessex cities of Winchester and Salisbury, a perfect weekend walk. In contrast to the Test Way (which runs from the hills overlooking Berkshire, down the Test Valley to the coast), the Clarendon Way crosses the Test Valley between Kings Somborne and Houghton.It starts beside the waters of the Itchen in the heart of Winchester and ends near the Avon at Salisbury Cathedral. It provides a splendid variety of scenery along the way, ranging from the water meadows of the valleys with their charming villages through woodland - ancient as well as modern - to downlands with far-ranging views.

Cerdic The Clarendon Way RouteSalisbury to Clarendon Palace (3 miles) , Clarendon Palace to Broughton (8 miles), Broughton to Oliver’s Battery, Winchester (9½ miles), Oliver's Battery to Winchester City Centre (3½ miles)
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Exbury - HHA/Christies 'Garden of the year' 2001. A spectacular 200 acre woodland garden famous for the Rothschild collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. The daffodil meadow, rock garden, rose garden, herbaceous borders, rare shrubs and exotic trees ensure year round interest. Superb autumn colour. Enjoy also the newly opened steam railway and Summer Lane Garden, planted with huge swatches of herbaceous perennials and grasses. Features include a bridge, tunnel and viaduct. Exbury Gardens are a great family day out.Sat 26th February - Sunday 6 Nov, daily, 10am-5.30pm
  The Estate Office
Exbury, Southampton, SO45 1AZ



023 8089 1203

Farley Mount Country Park
On the downs a few miles west of Winchester lies Farley Mount Country Park, a large area of open country and woods. At the highest point is the strange pyramid shaped folly, with some of the finest views in central Hampshire. The Country Park is named after the famous monument to a horse, named "Beware Chalk Pit", which carried its owner to a racing victory in 1734, a year after having fallen into a chalk pit whilst out fox-hunting The park also includes Crab Wood
Cerdic Hampshire County Council Crab Wood Depot
Sarum Road, Winchester
SO22 5QS
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Furzey Gardens

A sixteenth century cottage with a twentieth century heathland and woodland garden, in the New Forest, concentrating on flowering shrubs and bulbs. It was made by Hugh Dalrymple.Set in the heart of the New Forest at Minstead these delightful Gardens were established in 1922 and are renowned for their all year round beauty. Enjoy the lake, heather garden and fernery, a host of Summer and Winter flowering shrubs and trees of botanical interest, including extensive collections of Rhododendrons and azaleas.Opening times - All year. Daily, except 25th and 26th December. Open 10am to 5pm, or dusk.

Furzey Gardens, Hampshire School Lane,
 SO43 7GL
Furzey Gardens are 8 miles south west of Southampton, in Minstead village. 0.5 miles north of the M27/M31 junction.

Tel: 02380 812464 Fax: 02380 812297
Gilbert White's Home

Welcome to Gilbert White's House & The Oates Museum website. Come and enjoy a special day out at this fascinating and most original museum commemorating important individuals in the exploration of the natural world, set in an historic village in beautiful countryside. Having paid admission,our guests are free to come and go as often as they please that day. View the House and Museum, go for a walk around the delightful gardens and through the Park to see the follies, take tea in the Parlour and shop in the old billiard room. Time and energy permitting walk up the famous Gilbert White's Zigzag through the hanging beechwoods, return and tour the grounds. Or just sit and look at one of the most delightful views in the South of England.Opening times - All year except Christmas period. Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays. Also open Mondays June to August. Open 11am to 5pm.
GU34 3J
Gilbert White's Garden is 4.5 miles south of Alton, in the village of Selbourne.

tel 01420 511275
Hamble Common

Hamble Common is 55 acres of coastal heath of special scientific interest managed by the Countryside Service of Eastleigh Borough Council. Much of this area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of its wide range of habitats. By following the way marked trail the visitor can discover heathland, woodland, meadow, salt-marsh, mudflats and a shingle beach. Along the shore are the remains of Iron-age settlements, a Tudor castle and a Napoleonic gun battery. Together with the second world-war gun, these provide clues to the fascinating history of the common, which is also a scheduled Ancient Monument.
Cerdic Hamble Common, near Southampton
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Hangers Way
The Hangers Way is a 21-mile long-distance walking route.It will take you from Alton Railway Station, out into the lush Hampshire countryside, along a series of steep-sided wooded hills, known as “The Hangers”. It then passes through the pretty market town of Petersfield to finish at Queen Elizabeth Country Park,
Cerdic The route stretches between Alton and Queen Elizabeth Country Park in Hampshire.
The route is well sign posted with the logo of a tree on a green arrow.

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Hillier Gardens

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens (formerly known as the Hillier Arboretum) hold the greatest collection of hardy trees and shrubs in the world. Started by the late Sir Harold Hillier in 1953 and given in trust to Hampshire County Council in 1977, the Gardens now extend to 180 acres.Within this unique collection of more than 42,000 plants (12,500 different types), visitors will find much of interest throughout the year.Opening times - All year daily except 25th & 26th December. Open 10am to 6pm or dusk.
Cerdic  Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Jermyns Lane,
 SO51 0QA
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Hiltingbury Lakes

Prehistoric burial mounds discovered nearby are the first evidence of settlement in the area. Parts of the Roman road from Nursling to Winchester have also been found in the vicinity. The lake was originally one of a series which may have been ancient fishponds described in the Domesday Book. The others lay to the north of Hiltingbury Road. Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century farms and cottages are the next positive evidence of people living in the area.
Cerdic Lake Road, (or Lakewood Road), Chandlers Ford,, Eastleigh
tel 023 8046 6091
Hinton Ampner Garden
Ralph Dutton is the extraordinary designer who is responsible for this, one of the great 20th Century arrangements of a garden. Across the country people flock to see what is considered a modern masterpiece of design, a fantastic collection of flowers and plants, bushes and trees, arranged with a care and attention that most would hardly notice some of the points of interest without closer inspection.Opening times - Mid March to early November. Saturday to Wednesday. Open 11am to 5pm.
Hinton Ampner House
 nr Alresford,
SO24 0LA
Hinton Ampner garden is 1 mile west of Bramdean, 8 miles east of Winchester

Phone: +44 (0)1962 771305
A suburban plantswoman's garden designed by the owner that has evolved over the last 20 years. There is a large waterfall, stream, clematis, roses, hardy geraniums, ferns, hostas and many containers with foliage plants and summer bedding. It is a cottage-style garden with traditional planting inspiringly mixed with an eclectic range of foliage and grasses and unusual perennials combined with the sound of water throughout the design. The garden was the overall winner of Southampton in Bloom in 2003.Opening times - Various weekends between June and August - see website for details. Open 2pm to 6pm.
Holly Hill Garden, Hampshire 93 Holly Hill,
 SO16 7ET
2 miles north of Southampton on the western side of Bassett Avenue.


Hook Nature Reserve
Over 500 acres at the mouth of the river Hamble, including intertidal mudflats and a shoreline almost 3 miles long. There are a variety of habitats of which some are regionally rare and declining. The foreshore and intertidal areas provide an important winter feeding ground for many species of wading birds and wildfowl including Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwits, Oystercatchers, Redshanks, Shelduck and Brent Geese.
Cerdic Access to the reserve is via a network of public footpaths. The two public car parks close to the waterfront at Warsash are an ideal starting point.
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Houghton Lodge Gardens
An eighteenth century Cottage Ornee in parkland beside the River Test. There is a flint grotto and a modern Hydroponicum in which plants are grown without soil.  A haven of peace above the tranquil beauty of the River Test. The gardens at Houghton Lodge are listed Grade II*, and surround an enchanting and unique example of an 18th Century “Cottage Orné”. Chalk Cob walls enclose a traditional Kitchen Garden with espaliers, herbs and heated greenhouses, a hydroponicum and an orchid collection. The Gardens are both formal and informal with fine trees, a woodland walk, stunning herbaceous border and topiary peacock garden. There is a topiary puffing dragon! Houghton Lodge is a popular TV/Film location including the film “Wilde” and BBC “David Copperfield”. A further 14 acres adjoining the garden provide an experience of the natural world with meadow walks through the peaceful and unspoiled surroundings of the River Test where you will meet Tom, Dick and Harry, our new Alpacas.  Houghton Lodge has an importance quite disproportionate to its size, a building of architectural and historic importance. Built sometime before 1799 and probably intended as a fishing lodge, it is one of the earliest examples of a Cottage Orné or Rural Retreat. Whoever designed it appreciated regional buildings, especially the rounded thatched forms and plastered walls of Hampshire valley villages. Built on a hill overlooking the River Test, a more magical position would be hard to find. Both the House and the Garden are in the rare category of Grade II* listed status, one of only 12 properties in the whole of Hampshire.  Drifts of daffodills and snowdrops in the spring. Many cyclamen under the trees in the spring and autumn. Opening times - Open 1st March-31st October 10am-5pm everyday. Wednesdays and House by appointment only.

Houghton Lodge Garden Houghton Lodge,
SO20 6LQ
Houghton Lodge garden is 1.5 miles south of Stockbridge (A30) on minor road to Houghton village.

Tel 01264 810502
Itchen Valley Country Park

The River Itchen is considered to be one of the best chalk streams in the world. Visitors to Winchester can escape the bustle of the city centre and take a leisurely walk along its banks which offer excellent views of the city’s medieval defences. The river is home to many varieties of protected species such as otters. It is also extremely popular with people who enjoy fly-fishing. There are plenty of benches along the river to sit and enjoy the view before walking back into the city or further along the river away from it.
Cerdic Winchester area
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Longstock Park Water Gardens
A woodland garden and water garden with small islands linked by bridges. The water is supplied, generously, by the River Test. The planting is lush and varied.Opening times - April to September, 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, Open 2pm to 5pm
Longstock Park, Longstock,
nr Stockbridge,
SO20 6JF
Longstock Park Gardens are 2 miles north of Stockbridge, from A30 turn north onto A3057


Mottisfont Abbey Gardens
 A former Augustinian priory beside the River Test with a park and garden. The park has ancient trees and an eighteenth century summer house. The Lime Walk was designed by Geoffrey Jellicoe in 1936. The Rose Garden, planted by Graham Stuart Thomas with pre-1900 shrub roses, is in the old kitchen garden. He wrote: 'I like to think that.. The rose's pomp will be displayed far into the future at Mottisfont where my work of some thirty years collecting these varieties together from France, Germany and the United States, and numerous gardens and nurseries in the British Isles, will not be set at naught'.Opening times - Check Mottisfont Abbey Garden website for dates. Open 11am to 5pm (4pm in November & December
Mottisfont Abbey Garden 
Mottisfont, nr Romsey,
 SO51 0LP
Mottisfont Abbey Garden is 4.5 miles north west of Romsey and 0.5 miles west of A3057.

Tel 01794 340757
Mottistone Manor Garden
This magical garden at Mottistone Manor is planted to allow for climate change with colourful borders, shrub-filled banks and grassy terraces, is set in a sheltered valley with views to the sea and surrounds an Elizabethan manor house (tenanted).  There are delightful walks on the surrounding downs.

N.T.Mottistone Manor 2010 -
From 14 March - see  website for days and times, Free entry for National Trust Members. Tea Garden. Partial disabled access.
Mottistone Manor
Isle of Wight
PO30 4EA
Tel : 01983 741302
Moundsmere Manor Garden
A twentieth century house and garden designed, in 1908, by Sir Reginald Blomfield. There are yew hedges, a canal, a terrace and views of the surrounding landscape.
Preston Candover,
nr Basingstoke,

Northington Grange
 Northington Grange is a mansion near New Alresford, Hampshire, England. It is owned by English Heritage and is open to the public.Set in a landscaped park with an ornamental lake, it is a home built originally in 1670 by architect William Samwell for Sir Robert Henley. It was remodelled in a Greek revival style by the architect William Wilkins in 1804 and 1809: this involved remodelling the 17th century house. The portico is of the Greek Doric columns, six in width and two deep, loosely based on the Parthenon. Visitors have included George IV, Lord Tennyson and Thomas Carlyle.

Northington Grange
New Arlesford,
Hampshire SO24 9TG
Phone: +44 (0)1424 775705
Osborne House
After her marriage to Prince Albert in 1840, Queen Victoria felt the need for a family residence in the country. To use her own words, ‘a place of one’s own – quiet and retired’. Osborne House was acquired to fulfil this role. In keeping with the house, the terrace gardens were designed in formal Italianate style by Cubitt and Prince Albert himself. The walled garden has been restored as part of the Contemporary Heritage Gardens scheme run by English Heritage. The grounds at Osborne House are a delight with the Victorian spirit of the garden recaptured for modern visitors.Open most of year - English Heritage See website for details. Shop, refreshments, partial disabled access. Guided tours at other times by appointment.
Osborne House,
East Cowes,
Isle of Wight
PO32 6JY

Tel 01983 200022
The Physic Garden, Petersfield
 Set in an ancient walled burgage plot behind the High Street, the garden has recently been planted in a style familiar to John Goodyer, the distinguished 17th century botanist, who lived in Petersfield. The garden which is just over a quarter of an acre was given to Hampshire Gardens Trust in 1988 by Major John Bowen. Part of the garden is laid out with beds of herbs in a formal geometric pattern typical of 17th century physic gardens.
16 The High Street, Petersfield,
tel 01730 269060
Queen Eleanor's Garden

In medieval times a garden offered pleasure, repose and refreshment to the senses as well as food and medicine. Queen Eleanor’s Garden is an accurate example of such a garden and features include turf seats, bay hedges, a fountain, camomile lawn, tunnel arbour and many beautiful herbs and flowers of the time.Situated just outside the South Door of The Great Hall is a re-creation of a medieval herbarium named after Queen Eleanor of Provence, wife of Henry III and her daughter-in-law Queen Eleanor of Castile, wife of Edward I.
Cerdic  The Great Hall and Queen Eleandor’s Garden The Castle, Winchester,  SO23 8UJ

01962 846476

Queen Elizabeth Country Park

This is the biggest country park in Hampshire with over 20 miles of trails catering for walkers, cyclists & horse riders including specially made trails for mountain-biking - from beginners to advanced. There is a café and visitor centre where activities run throughout the year. The South Downs Way runs through the park and across the nearby Butser Hill National Nature Reserve. It is situated just off the A3, near to Petersfield.
Cerdic  Gravel Hill, Horndean,  PO8 0QE
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023 9259 5040
Spinners Garden
On a slope overlooking the River Lymington valley with Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Camellias, Japanese Maples, Hydrangeas, and other rare shrubs interplanted with a wide variety of choice woodland and ground cover plants. Adjoining internationally known nursery.The garden was made between 1961 and 1981 by the owners . Rhododendrons and Azaleas are the mainstay at the top of the garden where the soil is very poor, selected to give interest for long periods by concentrating on foliage and habit and not just flowers.Opening times - Mid April to mid September. Tuesday to Saturday. Open 10am to 5pm.
Spinners Garden, Boldre, Hampshire - Spinners Garden,
SO41 5QE
Spinners garden is 1.5 miles north of Lymington.

tel 01590 673347
Stanstead Park House
Set in 1750 acres of glorious park and woodland on the Hampshire/West Sussex border. Stansted House is a prime example of the Carolean revival and the lavishly decorated Chapel of St Paul was an inspiration to the poet Keats.Stansted began as a hunting lodge in the 11th century, and has seen a succession of interesting owners and many royal and distinguished visitors over the centuries. It was built on the present site in 1688 for Richard Lumley, probably to a design by William Talman. The Stansted Park estate began in the 11th century as a hunting lodge in a forest. A great house was built in 1688. After several owners and a disastrous fire in 1900, the present mansion was rebuilt on the 'footprint' of the old house became the home of the Earls of Bessborough in 1924. Today there are 1750 acres of deer park and woodland. There is an arboretum and a Victorian walled garden which has been planted with roses and herbaceous plants. Lord Bessborough wrote a book The Enchanted Forest on the history of Stansted Park. The estate was given to the public in 1983.Arboretum in a stunning setting on the edge of an ancient forest. Walled gardens currently undergoing restoration. Garden centre open all year round. In front of the house is the cricket lawn dating back to the 1740s. The longest beech avenue in England, laid out in the 18th century, leads from the house through the forest Opening times - Grounds & Arboretum open all year. Daily 9-5pm Free parking, large Garden Centre & Tea room.
Stansted Park

Stansted Park

Rowlands Castle

Follow the brown Heritage signs from the A3 ( Emsworth & Rowlands Castle B2149) or A27 (Havant)


 023 9241 2265

Staunton Country Park
Staunton Country Park is set in 1000 acres of parkland with huge, beautiful glasshouses, walled gardens (including the Golden Jubilee maze) and follies. This park also has the only remaining ornamental farm in England, with horses, pigs, sheep, llamas, peacocks and waterfowl. Experience this as a perfect family day out. The ornamental farm is great fun for children who can pet the animals and have fun at the play area. The Victorian house has gone but much of Sir Geoerge Staunton's garden survives. Staunton was a horticulturalist and an orientalist. There is a terrace, a shell house, lakes, a Chinese bridge, a crinkle crankle wall, ornamental farm, maze and a very large nineteenth century greenhouse. The Oval Garden displays plants typical of the Regency period in teardrop shaped beds. The Sensory Garden was created in 2002 with aromatic herbs, grasses, tactile plants and wind chimes. Opening times - All year. Daily except Christmas. Open 10am to 5pm summer, 10am to 4pm winter.

Staunton Country Park Staunton,
Middle Park,
Staunton Park is north west of Havant.
 023 9245 3405

Staunton Way
A long-distance walking route, of 20.5 miles, through some of Hampshire’s finest and most peaceful countryside. The trail starts in the north of Hampshire, at Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Petersfield. It meanders up onto the hills of the South Downs, through the villages of Chalton and Finchdean, eventually leading you down to Staunton Country Park, close to the town of Havant. The route is waymarked and can easily be walked in stages.
Cerdic The route stretches between Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Petersfield and Staunton Country Park, Havant in Hampshire.

The route is well sign posted with the logo of a roe deer on a green arro
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Telegraph Wood
55 acres of broad-leaved and coniferous woodland managed by the Countryside Service of Eastleigh Borough Council, under lease from Queen's College Oxford. On entering the woodland from Telegraph Road, the dense shade of the Douglas firs hides the remains of an Armada beacon marked by a perfectly circular bank. Further along the main path, the firs give way to reveal sweet chestnut coppice. Traditional coppice management continues today, providing a valuable crop of timber which regrows after each cutting. In the autumn, the trees shed their prickly seeds which carpet the ground and provide food for jays and squirrels. From places where tree cover is sparse, extensive views of the surrounding countryside can be enjoyed from the woodland's elevated position. Looking down from the remains of the Iron Age hill-fort to the valley below, you can imagine how difficult it would have been to attack.

Cerdic Telegraph Road, Southampton,
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Test Way
A 44 mile long-distance walking route starting on the chalk downs at Inkpen.
It follows much of the course of the River Test to Eling where it flows into Southampton Water.
The route passes through some of the most picturesque villages in Hampshire.

Cerdic The walk can start or finish at Inkpen in Berkshire or Eling Wharf in Hampshire.
The route is well sign posted and waymarked, using discs and urban stickers with the logo of TW on a green arrow.
Horse-riders and cyclists can also use some parts of the Test Way.
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The Tudor House Museum and Garden
A fifteenth century house with a re-created Tudor Garden. It was designed by Dr Sylvia Landsberg who, in her book on Medieval Gardens, is careful to distinguish between reconstruction, restoration and re-creation. This is a re-creation, for there are no old plans or other remains. It has a knot garden, period plants, heraldic beasts, a rose arbour, a tunnel of vines and hives for honey bees.Opening times - Gardens open by appointment - call 023 8063 5904. House closed for refurbishment.
Tudor House Museum and Garden The Tudor House Museum,
Bugle Street,
SO14 2AD
In Bugle Street, Southampton.

Tel : 023 8063 5904
Upton Grey Manor House Garden
The 15th century Manor House was altered by Ernest Newton in 1903-1905 for Charles Holme, founder of the leading Arts and Crafts magazine The Studio. The garden was designed and planted in 1908 and 1909 by Gertrude Jekyll. This is the most accurately and fully restored of her gardens. The garden consists of a Wild garden where grass paths run amongst rambling roses, shrubs and trees to a planted pond. The Formal garden holds herbaceous borders with colours running from cool colours at either end to hot in the centre, a rose lawn, planted drystone walls, bowing and tennis lawns. This is surrounded by a nuttery, kitchen garden, and orchard with pergolas and arbours. The garden was awarded a Gold Star in Channel Five's television programme 'I own Britain's Best Home and Garden' (broadcast October 25th 2008. The garden was selected amongst the late Geoff Hamilton's Paradise Gardens and appears in his television series of that name. It is a very fine garden and is visited by gardeners from around the world. In 2005 the garden featured solo in a half hour television programme that appeared on three Japanese TV channels. Opening times - May to July. Weekdays except bank holidays 9-4pm by appointment only 
Upton Grey,
nr Basingstoke,
 RG25 2RD

In Upton Grey, on the hill above and beside the church.

Tel: 01256 862827
Victoria Park Gardens
A traditional City Centre park dating from 1878 and originally known as "The Peoples Park". It has many mature trees, flower gardens, play area, aviary, pets corner and interesting monuments. The park is close to Victoria Swimming Centre, the Guildhall and the railway station.
Cerdic Victoria Park, Portsmouth
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The Vyne
This is an attractive 16th Century house and estate that forms a treasure trove of history. The house is a rare treasure in this region, having been in the hands of the same family for over three hundred and fifty years, and managed by the National Trust. The park was designed by John Chute between 1755 and 1776. There are lawns, lakes, woodland walks and a wild garden.  The extraordinary Tudor chapel is one of the many highlights here.Opening times - April to October. Daily except Thursday and Friday. Also weekends in February and March. Open 11am to 5pm.
The Vyne
Sherborne St John,
RG24 9HL
The Vyne garden is 4 miles north of Basingstoke, between Bramley and Sherborne St John.

Phone: +44 (0)1256 883858  -  Mobile: +44 (0)1256 881720
Wayfarers Walk

The Wayfarers Walk extends 70 miles between the coast near Portsmouth and Inkpen Beacon just across the Berkshire border. It connects with other long distance paths at Emsworth (the Sussex Border Path), at Bedhampton (the Solent Way) and at Inkpen Beacon (the Test Way). Linking with the Wayfarers Walk are six circular walks each consisting of a network of paths of varying distances. Near the villages of Burghclere and Kingsclere the Wayfarer's Walk traverses Watership Down, the setting for Richard Adams' best-selling book of the same name about a community of rabbits.
Cerdic Start - Inkpen Beacon - Burghclere - North Oakley - Deane - Dummer - Brown Candover - New Alresford - Cheriton - Droxford - Hambledon - Denmead - Bedhampton - Emsworth - End
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Wellington Country Park Stratfield Saye Gardens
The estate was a gift to the Duke of Wellington's from a grateful nation. It has a Victorian garden with a collection of trees, an American garden, a summerhouse, a camellia house, a herbaceous border and a rose garden. Loudon, in 1833, remarked that 'we expected the surface of the grounds to be flat, but were agreeably surprised to find a gentle hollow running through them in the direction of the length of the park [which is] as well wooded as could be desired'. He also saw 'the charger which the duke rode at waterloo [for] 15 hours, without once dismounting, and it has never been ridden since that day'. Wellington Country Park has all the ingredients for a fantastic day our with barbeque and picnic areas, nature trails, adventure playgrounds, crazy golf, miniature railway, sandpit, animal farm, fishing lake, cafe, gift and Toy shop.
In the heart of the park, you'll find the elegant, but intimate, Stratfield Saye House, home to the Dukes of Wellington since 1817. The house and gardens offer an intriguing and informative insight into the life of the Great Duke of Wellington.Opening times - See garden website for opening information.
Stratfield Saye Garden, Hampshire Stratfield Saye,

between Reading and Basingstoke.- just off the A33 on the B3349, near the village of Riseley, and   accessible from the M4 (Junction 11) and M3 (Junction 6)

Tel: 0118 9326 444
West Green House Garden
Celebrated garden with an intriguing collection of follies -  Voted one of the UK's top 50 gardens -  Herbaceous beds with wonderful colour combinations - Superb ornamental kitchen garden. An eighteenth century house with old walled gardens which were re-designed in the late twentieth century. The use of plants and colour themes is imaginative. Most of the planting is in the Arts and Crafts style but there is also an Islamic garden loosely based on the chahar bagh idea. The gardens have been restored by Marylyn Abbott.- Restrictions frequently necessary for the development and protection of the garden.     Opening times - Open to the public from 12noon until 5.00pm on on Easter Sunday 12th April. Sunday 26th April Sunday 3rd May June midsummer concert date tba July summer concert - date tba Sunday 27th September
West Green House
West Green,
Hartley Wintney,
RG27 8JB
1 mile west of Hartley Witney village.

Tel : 01252 844611
West Walk

West Walk at 350 hectares is the largest relic fragment of the former Royal Forest of Bere. It is designated a Forest Nature Reserve and is probably one of the most important woodlands, outside the New Forest, in Hampshire. Much old Oak remains, protected by a management plan for the next 200 years. Ancient records and warrants establish a close relationship between the forest and the naval dockyards. It is recorded that in 1232, during the reign of Henry III, galleys were repaired with timber from the forest; in 1522 during the reign of Henry Vlll shipwrights were sent to the forest to select timber, and in 1653, 500 trees were felled in three days to repair ships damaged in skirmishes with the Dutch.
Cerdic West Walk, Forest of Bere, near Fareham,
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Westwood Woodland Park
180 acres of woodland and grassland with impressive views over Southampton Water and the City. It lies between the medieval remains of Netley Abbey and Weston Shore, a Site of Special Scientific Interest for wading birds and Southampton's only beach. Westwood is managed for nature conservation and quiet informal recreation for local people. Westwood is open all year round and there is no charge to visit. It has a network of well surfaced paths which are passable in all but the wettest weather. There are two waymarked trails, many benches and a picnic site to help you enjoy your visit.
Cerdic Weston Shore, Southampton Water The site has lots of entrance points, most of these are kissing gates
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Woolmer Forest

One of Britain's richest nature heathland reserves, in the guardianship of the army.  Woolmer Forest is a remnant of a medieval hunting forest, situated in North East Hampshire near the village of Selborne. Some of the earliest descriptions of the Forest came from the pen of Gilbert White, a naturalist who lived in Selborne in the late 18th Century. A large area, some 300 hectares, has survived largely because it was purchased by the War Department in the 1860s and has been used since then as a rifle range.

Cerdic Woolmer Forest, near Petersfield , Hampshire
Longmoor Training Camp, Longmoor Liss, near Petersfield, Hampshire GU33 6EL
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Yateley Common Country Park

This Country Park consists of 476 acres of heathland, woods, grassland and ponds. Much of the Common is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of its importance for wildlife. Heathland supports a large number of rare and beautiful species and the site is carefully managed in order to conserve and restore this important habitat.

In The Blackwater Valley
Yateley Common Country Park
tel 01252 870425
Abbey Cottage
This 1½-acre organic garden, on alkaline soil, is a fine garden by any standards. Inside the C18 walls of an old kitchen garden there are enclosures, on different levels, which together make an inspirational garden, designed, created and now maintained by the owner. The adjoining meadow contains specimen trees, an orchard, spring bulbs, summer wild flowers and a plantation of native trees Open: Easter Mon 5 Apr, Sun 11 Apr; Sun 29, Mon 30 Aug (12-5).

Abbey Cottage,
Itchen Abbas,
   SO21 1BN
  2½m W of Alresford.  On B3047 between Kingworthy and Alresford, ½m E of the Trout Inn at Itchen Abbas

80 Abbey Road,
Small garden with extensive collection of herbs and unusual plants of botanical and historical interest, many of which are for sale. Formal box edging provides structure for the more relaxed planting. Interesting use of containers, and other ideas for small gardens. Two ponds and tiny meadow area attract wide range of butterflies and other animals. Wildlife pond enlarged for 2010. Garden trails for children. Living willow seat, trained grapevine Open: Sun 9 May (11-5). Visitors also welcome by appointment.

80 Abbey Road,
  PO15 5HW
  1m W of Fareham.  From M27 J9 take A27 E towards Fareham for approx 2 m. At top of hill (past Titchfield gyratory) turn L at T-lights into Highland Rd. Turn 4th R into Blackbrook Rd. Abbey Rd 4th turning on L
Tel : 01329 843939
Restored Regency ornamental garden, designed to enhance fine Crescent (Owen 1828). Trees, walks and flowers lovingly maintained by community/Council partnership. Garden's considerable local historic interest highlighted by impressive restoration and creative planting of adjacent St Mark's churchyard. Worth seeing together. Heritage, history and horticulture: a fascinating package (see website)

Alverstoke Crescent Garden,
PO12 2DH
  1m S of Gosport.  From A32 & Gosport follow signs for Stokes Bay. Continue alongside bay to small roundabout, turn L into Anglesey Rd. Crescent Garden signed  50yds on R
Tel : 02392 422467
 23 Anglesey Road
A trio of garden styles in one small package. Exuberant mix of trees, shrubs and perennials with pool and greenhouse round the back. A Mediterranean feel at the front, linked by a shady fern border. Unusual angular design packed with interesting plants and constantly evolving
Open: Weds 14 Apr; 16 June; 22 Sept (2-6). Visitors also welcome by appointment , all year

23 Anglesey Road,
GU12 4RF
  On E edge of Aldershot.  From A331 take A323 towards Aldershot. Keep in R-hand lane, turn R at T-lights into North Lane, then immed L into Lower Newport Rd. Round bend turn immed R into Newport Rd, 1st R into Wilson Rd. Round L-hand bend turn immed R into Roberts Rd, Anglesey Rd 1st on L. Please park considerately in local rds
Tel : 01252 677623
 Apple Court
1½-acre formally designed and exuberantly planted sheltered walled garden. Theatrical white garden, extensive ornamental grass plantings, subtropical borders. 70 metre hosta walk. International display gardens of day lilies, fern walk, Japanese-style garden with koi pond
Open: Easter Sun, Mon, 4, 5 Apr (10-5).

Apple Court, Hordle,
SO41 0HU
 4m W of Lymington.  From A337 between Lymington & New Milton, turn into Hordle Lane at Royal Oak at Downton Xrds
Tel : 01590 642130
 Appletree House
Very popular, small romantic woodland garden with many varieties of clematis climbing through richly planted beds as well as over obelisks and arches. Meandering paths lead to views of the meadow beyond, and sitting areas afford vistas across the garden. The design belies the actual size: 40ft x 100ft. Open: Weds 16, 30 June; Wed 14 July (12-4). Visitors also welcome by appointment.

Appletree House,
SO32 3QU
 10m N of Fareham.  A32 N to Droxford, at Xrds turn R B2150. Turn R under bridge into Station Rd, garden 1m. Parking in lay-by 300yds or in rd
Tel : 01489 877333
A garden to explore, down narrow winding paths edged with subtle and original plant associations, leading to secluded seats. Created by flower-arranger owner, with good use of contrasting foliage and flowers. No lawn, just a crown of clipped box contrasting with the relaxed and exuberant planting elsewhere. Sinks and container planting, small pond and waterfall. Open: Sat 22, Sun 23 May (11-5). Visitors also welcome by appointment.

SO31 1BS
 From A27 take A3051 Park Gate to Botley, on L after 1½m. From Botley take A3051, Appletrees is 2m on R
Tel : 01489 579429
 27 St Ronan's Avenue (part of Southsea Gardens group)
Exceptional design and landscaping has been used to create a modern family concept with exuberant planting. Start under the pergola, onto the dining area meandering towards the waterfall crossing over the pond and arriving on the decking outside the garden studio
Open: Same opening times as group garden.

 27 St Ronan's Avenue  
Location:  Turn into St Ronan’s Rd from Albert Rd at junction opp Trinity Methodist Church. Alternatively follow signs from seafront and then follow yellow NGS signs from Canoe Lake and Eastern Parade. Park at Craneswater School in St Ronan’s Rd. Entrance to all gardens from St Ronan’s Ave

 Atheling Villas,
'Winding paths, archways, shrubberies, dry weather planting, shady nooks, and sunny flower beds. A garden for all seasons, with surprises around every corner' (Waterside Herald). 1/3 acre with less usual trees and shrubs; species bulbs; wall-trained fruit; several seating areas; self-guide leaflet and children's quiz. Teas in gardener's cottage Open: Sat 20, Sun 21 Mar; Sun 2, Mon 3 May; Sat 5, Sun 6 June (2-5). Visitors also welcome by appointment.
Atheling Villas,
  7m E of Lyndhurst.  Leave M27 J2, follow A326 signed Hythe and Fawley. Go across all roundabouts until Dibden roundabout (½m after Marchwood Priory Hospital). Turn L towards Hythe. After Shell garage, Atheling Road is 2nd L

Tel : 023 8084 9349
Charming smaller ‘all-yr-round’ garden. Extensive collections of shrubs, small trees, climbers, grasses and herbaceous plants to interest plantspersons and inspire all with ideas for colour, combinations and structure. Planted banks alongside the stream, vegetables, alpines and raised beds encircle curving lawns, patios and gravel areas Open: Suns 23 May; 6 June (2-5). Visitors also welcome by appointment July & Sept only, no coaches

SO40 2LF
Location: 3m N of Lyndhurst, 7m W of Southampton.  5mins from M27 J1. Exit onto A31, ¼m to Cadnam r’about. 3rd exit A337, signed Lyndhurst, for ¾m then L into Beechwood Rd for ¾m to Bartley Xrds. Continue straight & follow signs into Chinham Rd. Also signed on A337, 3m N of Lyndhurst

Tel : 023 8081 3651
Compact 'modern cottage' garden shared with lively Springer Spaniels, designed around a chambered nautilus spiral. No lawn, so lots of space for plants. The dense planting, meandering paths, secluded pergola, raised formal pond and feature patio have led visitors to describe the garden as 'Tardis-like'Open: Sat 5, Sun 6 June (2-5). Visitors also welcome by appointment.

Barn Cottage (part of Crawley Gardens group)
¾-acre landscaped garden surrounds a converted barn. Painted trellising divides a courtyard garden into 3 areas where viticella clematis, roses and jasmine scramble and bee-loving plants abound
Open: Same opening times as group garden.
Barn Cottage (part of Crawley Gardens group), Hampshire 

19 Barnwood Road
Step through the gate to an enchanting garden designed for peace with an abundance of floral colour and delightful features. Greek-style courtyard leads to natural pond with bridge and bog garden, complemented by a thatched summerhouse and jetty, designed and built by owners. Secret pathways, mosaic seating area and hexagonal greenhouse
Open: Suns 6, 27 June (11-5). Visitors also welcome by appointment.
19 Barnwood Road,

Bay Tree House (part of Crawley Gardens group)
Contemporary garden created during the last 6yrs. Features incl a rill, pleached lime square, large prairie-style borders, potager and fruit trees with wild flowers Open: Same opening times as group garden.

Bay Tree House (part of Crawley Gardens group),

7 Beacon Square (part of Emsworth Gardens group)
Award winning, medium sized garden close to the sea. Exuberant, densely planted herbaceous beds and borders. Small, raised beds which produce vegetables and salad leaves throughout summer. Tree ferns, fruit trees, herb, pond and sculptures Open: Visitors also welcome by appointment in July only, for max 20

7 Beacon Square (part of Emsworth Gardens group), Hampshire 

Challenging long and narrow 1-acre plot developed solely by us over the last 7yrs. Main garden has generous borders with wide variety of trees, shrubs and perennials. Gravel garden, 2 wildlife ponds linked by small waterfall, gazebo and productive greenhouse. Steeply-sloping wild flower bank with fruit trees and coppiced willows descends to natural pond with pontoon decking area surrounded by bog garden. Path continues up steep slope to very large fruit & vegetable cage and small orchard Open: Sun 30, Mon 31 May (11-5).


Beechenwood Farm
2-acre garden in many parts. Lawn meandering through woodland with drifts of crocus, daffodils, hyacinths, tulips and bluebells. Rose pergola with steps, pots with spring bulbs and later aeoniums. Fritillary and cowslip meadow. Walled herb garden with pool and exuberant planting incl alliums and angelica. Orchard incl white garden and hot border. Large greenhouse and vegetable garden. Rock garden extending to grasses, ferns and bamboos. Shady walk to belvedere with views over farmland. 8-acre copse of native species with grassed rides Open: Every Wed 31 Mar to 2 June incl (2-5). Visitors also welcome by appointment Apr & May only, no coaches. Small groups and individuals welcome
Beechenwood Farm,

Bere Mill
The garden is in a beautiful setting beside the R Test, with carriers and a large lake next to a restored SSSI water meadow. It is grazed by Jacob sheep, lambs and belted Galloway cattle. Riverside walks, specie tulips (some growing in grass), peonies, wisteria collection. Double perennial beds and swamp cypress avenue. Eastern influence includes Japanese Tea House, many different riverside irises and unique bridges Open: Sun 21 Mar; Sun 30, Mon 31 May (1.30-5). Visitors also welcome by appointment , Fris only, for 10+

Bere Mill,

Berry Cottage
Small organic cottage garden with all-yr interest. Spring bulbs, roses, clematis and herbaceous borders. Pond and bog garden. Shrubbery and small kitchen garden. The owner designed and maintained garden surrounds C17 house. The borders are colour-themed and contain many unusual plants
Open: Suns 2, 30 May; 20 June; 11 July; 8 Aug; 5 Sept (2.30-6).

Berry Cottage,
 nr Alton,

Blackdown House
A family garden in the making. 2010 will be the 3rd year of the 100m long, colourful herbaceous border set against a flint wall. There is a 13yr-old wild flower meadow to meander through, a part-walled kitchen garden, orchard and family garden. In all, the garden covers approx 5 acres. Jacob sheep and alpacas in the parkland Open: Sun 6 June, Thur 10 June (2-6).

Blackdown House,

In the pretty hamlet of Harbridge, this ¾-acre garden is brimming with bold, colourful planting and interesting areas. Step through one of our two moongates into a seaside haven of painted beach huts and driftwood gems. In contrast, walk through to a cottage garden of overflowing herbaceous borders with a trickling little stream running by the lawn to a pond. Two greenhouses contain collections of cacti and carnivorous plants. Enjoy tea on the grass overlooking the vegetable patch with our bantam chickens Open: Fris, Suns 18, 20 June; 2, 4, 23, 25 July; 6, 8 Aug (2-5.30). Visitors also welcome by appointment June to Aug, coaches permitted


Bramlins (part of Froyle Gardens group), Lower Froyle
Informally planted to harmonise with surrounding countryside and to provide variety of material for nationally-known flower arranger. Wild flowers in small orchard. Conservatory with unusual plants Open: Same opening times as group garden.

Bramlins (part of Froyle Gardens group), Lower Froyle, Hampshire 

Brandy Mount House
1-acre, informal plantsman’s garden. Spring bulbs, hellebores, species geraniums. National Collections of snowdrops and daphnes. European primulas, expanding collection of dwarf narcissi, herbaceous and woodland plants. 2 new raised beds to display early spring bulbs. New small collections of ferns in the shady part of the garden Open: Sat 6 Feb (11-4).

Brandy Mount House, Alresford, Hampshire 

6 Breamore Close
Delightful ½-acre plant lover's garden designed with coloured foliage and unusual plants, giving a pleasing tapestry effect of texture and colour. Many different hostas displayed in pots. The peaceful garden is laid out in distinctive planting themes with many seating areas to sit and contemplate. Over 60 clematis scramble up fences, through roses and over a pergola which displays a magnificent wisteria (flowers 3ft-4ft long) in late spring Open: Suns, Mons 2, 3, 30, 31 May (1-5.30). Visitors also welcome by appointment in May & June only, for groups of 10+

6 Breamore Close, Eastleigh, Hampshire 

Bridge Cottage (part of Monxton & Amport Gardens group)
2-acre garden that has evolved over the last 6yrs. Trout stream and lake, the banks planted informally with drifts of colour. Large vegetable garden and fruit cage. Small mixed orchard. Arboretum with specimen trees. A haven wildlife Open: Same opening times as group garden.

Bridge Cottage (part of Monxton & Amport Gardens group), Hampshire 
Brooklyn Cottage
Small, continually changing cottage garden in the Roman garrison town of Silchester. Several seating areas in which to take afternoon tea whilst contemplating collections of hostas, acers, ferns and a selection of interesting mature shrubs. Clematis and rose-clad gazebo and pergola with a mature wisteria scrambling up the C19 cottage walls Open: Sun 23 May (2-5).

Brooklyn Cottage, Silchester, Reading, Hampshire 
Buckland Stead,
Two gardens in one: 'His and Hers'. Tranquil ¼ acre designed and maintained by owners. His: formal rose garden with lavender edging filling the air with fragrance. Shady walk through 'neutral zone' to Hers: less formal with colour themes using herbaceous perennials and grasses. Winding paths, archways, pergola and water features Open: Weds 9, 16, 23 June; Weds 7, 14, 21 July (11-5). Visitors also welcome by appointment for small groups, max 20

Buckland Stead, nr Lymington, Hampshire 
The Buildings
Another wet summer, yet our dry garden flourishes in the old cattle yard of this downland steading. The kind compliments continue to flow from our visitors, often beginning with a 'wow' as they first come through the gate from the wide open spaces of the Hampshire chalk downs Open: Sats, Suns 10, 11 July; 7, 8 Aug; 11, 12 Sept (2-5). Visitors also welcome by appointment.

The Buildings, Broughton, Stockbridge, Hampshire 
2 Carisbrooke Road
1/3-acre cottage-style garden developed by owners over 20yrs. Shrubs, herbaceous perennials, gravel and alpine gardens give yr-round interest. Raised organic kitchen garden. Interesting colourful baskets and containers with plants propagated by owners. Wildlife area and garden, birds enthusiastically encouraged. Fishpond and miniature wildlife pond Open: Sat 26, Sun 27 June (10-4). Visitors also welcome by appointment in June & July, any number

2 Carisbrooke Road, Gosport, Hampshire 
"The Garden of England"
Garden & Opening Times
Bayham Old Abbey
This 13th Century abbey survived until it was dissolved by Henry VIII during the Reformation. It was, however, partly rebuilt in the 18th century to provide a romantic view for the nearby house. Despite this, the remains of the church, cloister, chapter house and dormitory date still date from the thirteenth Century, as does all the detail found on the abbey remains. The abbey was built out of local sandstone. Visitors to Bayham Abbey can also view the nearby 18th century Dower house. The abbey is set in a picturesque wooded valley, near Tunbridge Wells and Lamberhurst. Repton produced one of his best Red Books for this place. He described the project as an 'Application of Gardening and Architecture united, in the formation of a new place'. One can see it as a precursor of the Jekyll-Lutyens approach. The scheme was not implemented, except for a lake more or less as he proposed it. The Abbey ruins are managed by English Heritage and can be visited.Opening times - April to September. Daily. Open 11am to 5pm.
Baynham Abbey Lamberhurst,
4 miles east of Tunbridge Wells and 2 miles west of Lamberhurst.
Tel :01892 890381
Beacon Wood Country Park
This 70-acre country park takes its name from the beacons that were built here during the Napoleonic Wars to warn Londoners if their enemies were attempting an invasion. Given the wide variety of plant life found here, such as oak, ash, chestnut, bluebells, dogs mercury and wood anemone, and the numerous ponds that are home to both amphibians and insects, many walkers are surprised to learn of the park’s industrial history. In the late 19th Century the EC Powder Company manufactured smokeless gun powder here.
Beacon Wood
Southfleet Road, Bean, Kent DA2 8BS 
Tel : 01622 817623
Bedgebury National Pinetum
The National Pinetum at Bedgebury has one of the largest collections of conifers on one site in the world, with many rare and endangered species The character of the Pinetum has more seasonal variation than one would expect in a conifer collection: green in winter, except when touched by frost and snow, brightened by rhododendrons and bulbs in spring, heavy with shade in summer, illuminated by the autumn colour of deciduous trees and berries in autumn. The National Pinetum at Bedgebury was established as the National Conifer Collection in 1925. It is now recognised as the most complete collection of conifers on one site anywhere in the world and is a Historic Arboretum Grade II. The collection has over 10,000 trees specimens growing across 320 acres; including rare, endangered and historically important specimens. The Pinetum is home to some 91 vulnerable or critically endangered species and five NCCPG National Collections (Yew, Juniper, Thuja, Lawson Cypress and Leyland Cypress) and contains some of the oldest and largest examples of conifers in Britain. As well as playing an important scientific role in international conservation, the National Pinetum is a beautiful and tranquil place to walk, picnic and enjoy nature away from the stresses of everyday life. It was voted Warburtons Best Picnic Site in the South 2007.Opening times - All year. Daily. Open 8am to dusk (8pm in summer).
Bedgebury Pinetum Goudhurst, Cranbrook, Kent, England, TN17 2SL
Bedgebury National Pinetum is 7 miles east of Tunbridge Wells, just off the A21 along the B2079.

Tel :  01580 211781
Beech Court Gardens,  Nr Ashford
The ten acre informal garden at Beech Court is noted for its tranquility and natural beauty.  Many of our regular customers describe it as “a little bit of old England!”, planted and landscaped in the 1950s by the previous owners out of a medieval farm with the famous gardens of Inverewe in mind.  The peak of colour is in the month of May with rhododendrons, azaleas and viburnums in full bloom.  The garden is also planted with rare and interesting trees including Kalopanax, Eucryphia (the tallest in Kent), Redwoods and a fine collection of acers.  The present owner has introduced climbing roses, such as the famous Bobby James, Kitsgate and Paul’s Himalayan Musk.  Island beds, spacious lawns and an interesting collection of many different varieties of hydrangeas make this a garden for all seasons ending with a spectacular finale of autumn colour.  Opening times Sat. March 20 - Sun. Oct 31. Saturday - Thursday - 10.30 - 5.30 but CLOSED on Fridays except for group bookings. Disabled Access, refreshments, plant sales, picnic area, pet animals, rural life collection, picture gallery, childrens trail.
Beech Court Gardens, Challock, Ashford, Kent, TNT25 4DJ
 5m N of Ashford, Faversham 6m, Canterbury 9m.  W of Xrds A251/A252, off the Lees
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 Tel 01233 740735
Belmont Park
Belmont is an eighteenth century house (designed by Samuel Wyatt) with a Victorian garden. The old garden has a yew walk, borders, a pool, a rockery and a folly. The former vegetable garden Belmont has been re-designed  by Arabella Lennox Boyd. Fruit and vegetables are still grown but the space is also an aesthetic design and it is interesting to see the two objectives combined. There is also a mandala garden outside the walled garden. Opening times - House open April to end September, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Open 2pm to 5pm. Gardens open all year daily 10am to 6pm (or dusk).
Belmont House & Gardens Belmont Park, Throwley, Faversham,
ME13 0HH
Belmont Park is 4.5 miles south west of Faversham, off A251.
Tel : 01795 890202
Broadview Gardens
A college garden with a good plant collection and a series of demonstration and experimental gardens. The gardens are coming under the influence of the University of Greenwich BA Hons Garden Design course, which has a studio on this campus. Broadview Gardens is a unique garden originally designed and maintained as a teaching resource for students at Hadlow College, now open to the public. The 8 acres of garden are formed around a 100 metre long double mixed border backed with clipped Yew hedges and columnar Oak trees. From the border run two grass avenues lined with clipped hedges. Hanging from this structure are a variety of large and small contemporary and traditional gardens designed and built by students of Hadlow College. Each year, from September to May, students build new gardens on themes from domestic gardens, show gardens to public landscape styles using an extensive variety of plants and materials in common and innovative ways. A selection of the gardens currently able to be seen are The Grasses Garden, The Medicinal Garden, The Oriental Garden, The subtropical style Garden (May to October), The Italian Garden and the Dry Garden. There is also a natural style space with lake, meadow and wooded areas, and an ornamental planted lake with moist border.
 Broadview Gardens are used as a teaching resource for our BA (Hons Garden Design, our HND in Amenity Horticulture and other programmes (including the University of Greenwich MA and BA in Landscape Architecture). Opening times - All year. Daily. Open 10am to 5pm (4pm on Sunday).
nr Tonbridge, Kent,  
TN11 0AL
4 miles east of Tonbridge, west of Hadlow village.


Canterbury Cathedral Cloister Garden
Canterbury Cathedral   was founded in 602 rebuilt after the Norman Conquest (1066) by the first Norman archbishop Lanfranc (1070-1077). He also built the cloister when is shown on the oldest European garden drawing (1165) of an actual cloister. The cloisters were rebuilt in the 15th century. See blog post on the social use of cloister gardens and information on monastic cloister garths.Canterbury was founded as a cathedral (ie the seat of a bishop). It then became a monastic instutition, Christ Chuch Priory, which was disolved in 1539. The cloister, which was the heart of the monks' daily routine, survives.
Cathedral House, 11 The Precincts, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2EH
Canterbury Cathedral Precincts.  Enter Precincts by main Christchurch gate. No access for cars: please use park & ride and public car parks. Gardens will be signed within Precincts
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Tel : 01227 762862
Camer Park
Camer Park is comprised of 45 acres of designated Outstanding Natural Beauty. Following the death of its last resident, Kate Smith-Masters, the Camer estate was sold to Strood Rural District Council in 1967 for £9,750 and converted to a public park in 1971. Visitors can choose to either roam at leisure admiring the variety of original trees that make up the mature parkland or undertake one of the series of walks devised by Meopham Footpaths Group through the adjoining woodland.
Camer Park Camer Park Road, Meopham, Kent DA13 0AL

Tel : 01474 337553
Charts Edge, Westerham
Charts Edge is located on the outskirts of Westerham, Kent (near to Chartwell) as seen on TV and in the Good Gardens Guide. There are 10 acres of spectacular gardens interspersed with many unusual and diverse features including magnificent displays of rhododendrons and azaleas, a Victorian folly and dell garden, water gardens and cascades. We also have a rill garden with rainbow border, a sculpture trail, rock gardens and mixed/herbaceous borders along with an exotic garden. The majority of the plants are labelled and there are many rare and unusual plants. Other features include a tearoom and plant sales. The gardens are ideally suited for all ages, and provide partial access for disabled visitors. Dogs and group tours are also welcome. From Friday 16th April to Friday 17th September  - Friday's and Sunday's 2-5pm. Private visits by appointment, including tours by the Head Gardener. Tearoom and plant sales. Partial access for disabled visitors
  Charts Edge,
Hosey Hill,
 Kent, TN16 1PL,
 ½m S of Westerham, 4m N of Edenbridge.  On B2026 towards Chartwell
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  Tel 01959 565541/01732 504556
Chartwell House Gardens
Once the home of Winston Churchill, Chartwell boasts spectacular views over the Kent countryside. The gardens include the various lakes and ponds which Churchill built, as well as Lady Churchill’s rose garden and a vegetable garden, which is being restored to its original state. The house contains a vast collection of Churchill’s paintings, photos and memorabilia. Sir Winston Churchill's garden has a fine site and a calm dignified air. The style is Arts and Crafts, with a grass terrace in front of the house, a walled garden to one side and an 'informal' area on the other. It was designed by Sir Winston and Lady Churchill, with the Malborough Pavilion designed by Philip Tilden. Sir Winston built the garden walls and a summerhouse himself. The property also has a restaurant and a National Trust gift shop. Details of special events, such as guided walks and lectures, can be obtained upon request.
Chartwell Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent TN16 1PS
 4m N of Edenbridge.  2m S of Westerham. Fork L off B2026 after 1½m
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Tel :01732 868193
Cobham Hall Garden
One of the largest, finest and most important houses in Kent, Cobham Hall is an outstandingly beautiful, red brick mansion in Elizabethan, Jacobean, Carolean and 18th Century styles.It yields much of interest to the student of art, architecture and history. The Elizabethan wings were begun in 1584 whilst the central section contains the Gilt Hall, wonderfully decorated by John Webb, Inigo Jones_ most celebrated pupil, 1654. Further rooms were decorated by James Wyatt in the 18th century.Cobham Hall, now a girls_ school, has been visited by several of the English monarchs from Elizabeth I to Edward VIII, later Duke of Windsor.A great Elizabethan house, with seventeenth and eighteenth century additions, set in a deer park which no longer has deer. Humphry Repton produced a Red Book for the garden (c1790) and it is being restored the Cobham Hall Heritage Trust. The bastion and balustrade Humphry Repton designed survive and have been restored, as has a section of Repton's wire fence. His grand plan for making gardens round what was a big house in a bare landscape is very much in evidence. The 'Elizabethan' gardens in front of the house were not part of Repton's scheme - they were designed by a Cobham Hall school teacher (Kathleen Faure) in the 1980s.  The area east of the house has a small temple and a pumphouse designed by Repton. Repton hoped to 'astonish some of the improvers in modern serpentine gardening' by proposing a 'broad and stately mall along a straight line of terrace'  Opening times - Various Sunday, Wednesday and Bank Holidays. 1. Open 2pm to 6pm.
Cobham Hall Cobham,
 DA12 3BL
5m W of Rochester.  8m E of M25 J2. Take A2 to exit signed Cobham, Shorne, Higham. Disregard Sat Nav directions to Lodge Lane; entrance to Cobham Hall on Brewers Rd 100m S of A2
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Tel :01474 823371
Doddington Place Gardens
The lovely landscaped gardens are set in the grounds of an imposing Victorian mansion and cover ten acres. There is a notable woodland garden – spectacular in May and June – which includes many different varieties of rhododendron and azalea; also a large Edwardian rock garden with pools; a formal sunk garden with borders and a recently completed flint and brick folly. Extensive lawns and avenues are framed by impressive clipped yew hedges and many fine trees.open 2010. Every Sunday from Easter Day until the end of September.  Sundays 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm. Bank Holiday Mondays 2 – 5:00 pm. Group visits on other days by arrangement. Coaches by appt only. Refreshments, disabled access.

Doddington Place Gardens Sittingbourne,
6m SE of Sittingbourne.  From A20 turn N opp Lenham or from A2 turn S at Teynham or Ospringe (Faversham), all 4m
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Tel : 01795 886385
Downs House
Visit the family home of Charles Darwin and see the very chair in which he sat to write the scientific masterpiece that first scandalised and then revolutionised the Victorian world. Walk in the footsteps of a true genius and compare Darwin’s public persona with the family man. Through a variety of displays and interactive exhibitions especially designed to inspire a younger audience, you can involve yourself in Key Questions about mankind and its origins.Orchids, sundews, peas, hollyhocks and even weeds all played a central role in Charles Darwin’s evolutionary studies.
Many of the experiments he conducted on them for over 40 years in his ‘living’ laboratory - his pretty garden at Down House near Orpington , Kent - have now been recreated by head gardener Toby Beasley and his team.  They form the highlight of twice-weekly expertly guided tours of the restored Victorian grounds taking place throughout the summer. The tours graphically bring to life Darwin ’s prolific studies of nature in his gardens at Down House and in the surrounding countryside – the area selected as this year’s UK nomination to UNESCO for World Heritage Site statusOpening times - March to mid December. Opens 11am. Guided garden tours June to September every Wednesday and Sunday at 3pm.  Tea Room, Good disabled access.

Down House Luxted Road,
Down House garden is off the A21, signposted from Biggin Hill.
Tel :
01689 859119
East Northdown Farm & Gardens
This lovely garden is at the home of William and Louise Friend. East Northdown has a traditional Kent farmhouse garden on chalk near the sea. It has a wide range of plants tolerant of local conditions, especially draught tolerant, grey leaved or evergreen small shrubs that benefit from the dry, windy but mild Mediterranean microclimate. The adjacent nursery has a vast  range of small trees, shrubs and perennials in a variety of sizes on sale which are catalogued on their web-site. Please phone for details. Refreshments, dogs on lead.
East Northdown Farm and Gardens,
CT9 3ES 
5m SW of Sevenoaks.  1½m S of A25 on Sundridge-Ide Hill Rd. 1½m N of Ide Hill off B2042
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 Tel 01843 862060
Emmetts Garden
Fans of Merchant Ivory will recognise these 18 acres of gardens and woodland from the 1985 film ‘Room With A View’. Frederick Lubbock, influenced by his friend, the Edwardian garden writer, William Robinson, was responsible for transforming the existing farmland into the six acres of informal gardens. In addition to having the highest tree top in Kent, the 100 feet high Wellingtonia, the gardens contain numerous rare shrubs and trees from across the world. Of particular note are the Italianate Rose Garden, the Camellia Garden and the Bluebell Den. Opening times - Mid March to May: Tuesday to Sunday., June: Wednesday to Sunday., July to October: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday., Open 11am to 5pm.
Emmetts Garden Ide Hill,
 Kent TN14 6AY
5m SW of Sevenoaks.  1½m S of A25 on Sundridge-Ide Hill Rd. 1½m N of Ide Hill off B2042
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Tel :
01732 751509
Finchcocks Garden
Finchcocks is an early Georgian manor house surrounded by 13 acres of gardens and parkland. The house is now a musical museum with a famous collection of period keyboards. There is a walled garden, pergolas and orchard. Opening times - Easter to September. Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. Also open Wednesday and Thursdays in August.
Finchcocks Garden, Kent Finchcocks,
TN17 1HH
On the A262.

Godinton House and Gardens
"An ancient estate in a magnificant park with thrilling formal gardens now splendidly restored - one of Kent’s finest" - The Times. A Jacobean house incorporating a medieval hall, Tudor staircase and later additions. Its wonderful carving, furniture, porcelain and contrasting decoration, reflect a fascinating history. Set in 12 acres of wonderful gardens and surrounded by tranquil parkland, convenient for M20 (J9) and Ashford. Visitors are taken in small groups on a guided tour of the house and are free to explore the gardens at will.Opening times - Late March to late October. Garden opens Thursday to Monday 2pm to 5.30pm.
Godinton House & Gardens Godinton House, Godinton Lane, Ashford,
 TN23 3BP
1½m W of Ashford.  M20 J9 to Ashford. Take A20 towards Charing and Lenham, then follow brown tourist signs
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Tel :
01233 620773
Goodnestone Park Gardens
A Palladian house with garden features from various periods. There is parkland, a terrace, a walled garden and a woodland garden. Jane Austen was a frequent visitor here, to see her brother. Opening times - End March to end October. Daily except Mondays (but open Bank Holidays) and Tuesdays. Also open some Sundays for early Spring bulbs before end March - check Goodnestone Website. Open 11am to 5pm.

Goodnestone Park Gardens, England Goodnestone, Canterbury,
 CT3 1PL
 6m SE of Canterbury.  Village lies S of B2046 from A2 to Wingham. Brown tourist signs off B2046
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 Tel 01304 840107
Great Comp Garden
Great Comp is a  garden of 7 acres, comprising many beautiful and rare shrubs, perennials and other hardy and half hardy plants. It is a plantsman's haven, with the year starting off with Helleborus, followed by Magnolias, Rhododendrons and Azaleas; then through the remainder of the year with rare and exotic shrubs and perennial plants - such as the huge collection of Salvias.
There are substantial areas of both formal and informal plantings - teasingly linked with meandering grass paths and home built ruins - homing in on an Italian Garden! The garden has been built over the last 40 years by Eric Cameron. The garden is open every day from 1st April - 31st October. 11am until 5pm. Coach parties are welcome - by appointment. Visits can be arranged outside normal opening times.
 Comp Lane, Platt, Borough Green,
Sevenoaks, Kent,
TN15 8QS
7m E of Sevenoaks.  A20 at Wrotham Heath, take Seven Mile Lane, B2016; at 1st Xrds turn R; garden on L ½m
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Tel : 01732 885094
Great Dixter House and Gardens
Great Dixter is the family home of the late Christopher Lloyd, who had devoted his lifetime to creating one of the most experimental, exciting and constantly changing gardens of our time. Incorporating many medieval buildings, the gardens surround the house, each complementing the other. There is a wide variety of interest at  from yew topiary, carpets of meadow flowers, dazzling colourful mixed borders (including the famous Long Border), natural ponds, a formal pool, and the wonderful Exotic Garden. Christopher Lloyd and head gardener Fergus Garrett were constantly experimenting at this great garden which no garden enthusiast should miss. House and Gardens open 1st April to 31st October - Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Gardens 11.00 to 5.00pm (last admission) House 2.00 to 5.00pm Shop, disabled access although difficult in places, plant sales, refreshments.
Great Dixter,
TN31 6PH,

 Tel 01797 252878.
Groombridge Bridge Place
This magical house and gardens were the setting for a new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and it is easy to see why. The formal gardens were laid out to be part of the house outside, while the enchanted forest offers exciting playgrounds and stunning views. The bird of prey centre offers flying displays three times a day, while the dark walk and the swing walk offer excitement! If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of the zeedonk and the shy deer which live in the forest. The garden restaurant offers good food while the country store offers souvenirs of your day.Opening times - End March to early November. Daily. Open 10am to 5:30pm or dusk if earlier.
Tunbridge Wells,
Kent TN3 9QG
Groombridge Place garden is 4 miles south west of Tunbridge Wells, by A264 and B2110.
Tel :
01892 861444
Hall Place
A fine Grade 1 Listed country house built in 1540 for Sir John Champneis, a Lord Mayor of London, and extended in the 17th century. The house is set in beautiful formal gardens on the banks of the River Cray. Now owned by Bexley Council, some of its rooms are open to the public. A magnificent Great Hall contains an 18th century chamber organ built by George England. Hall Place houses Bexley Museum and galleries that offer a changing programme of exhibitions throughout the year. The house is also the venue for concerts, lectures and private functions. Open daily in summer and Monday - Saturday in winter.
Hall Place Bourne Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 1PQ
4m W of Tonbridge.  From A21 Sevenoaks to Tonbridge, B245 to Hildenborough, then R onto B2027 through Leigh & on R
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Tel :
01322 526574
Hever Castle Garden
Childhood home of Ann Boleyn, dating back to 1270. Step back into the splendour of the Tudor Court as it is recreated with costumed figures, displays and portraits. The garden was made, after 1903, for William Waldorf Astor, with 1,000 men employed. Its style is Italian/Arts and Crafts and still contains the large collection of Italian sculpture which Astor assembled when American Ambassador in Rome. The gardens were designed by an architect (F L Pearson) and a nurseryman (J Cheale). A 38 acre lake was also made, dug by 800 workers over 2 years. The garden has topiary chessmen clipped from golden yew, a Pompeiian Wall, a great pergola, a loggia, a rose garden and a fountain inspired by the Villa d'Este. Adventure playground including NEW Henry VIII's Tower Maze, gift shop, garden shop, restaurants. Opening times - Easter to October. Daily. Gardens open 10:45am to 6pm. Also open Thursday to Sunday in November.
Hever Castle Hever,
 TN8 7NG
3m SE of Edenbridge.  Between Sevenoaks & East Grinstead off B2026. Signed from J5 & J6 of M25, A21, A264
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Tel : 01732 865224
Hole Park Garden
Hole Park Gardens are situated on the edge of the picturesque Weald village of Rolvenden. A family owned estate Hole Park has been owned by the Barham family for the past four generations.The gardens reflect the care and long-term planning that is unique to family owned estates. It also manages to combine formalised gardens with true woodland elements.Visitors can now enjoy the New Exotic Border and autumn colour in the gardens.

Hole Park Rolvenden,
 TN17 4JB
 4m SW of Tenterden.  Midway between Rolvenden & Benenden on B2086
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Tel : 01580 241 344 / 241 386
Iden Croft Herbs
Iden Croft Herbs is situated no more than 10 minutes drive from Sissinghurst Castle and should be visited if you are in the area. The garden and nursery has all the atmosphere of the 1950s and there are surprises at every corner. You will be surrounded by herbs and the gravel paths lead you to a gate in the wall where you step through to a lovely walled garden which dates from Tudor times. In here there are more herbs, herbaceous plants climbers, and aromatic plants. There is a National collection of mints and many plants can be purchased in the extensive nursery. open - March to September - Monday through to Saturday 9 am - 5 pm. Sundays & Bank Holidays 11 am - 5pm.
Refreshments, shop, Plant Nursery.

 Frittenden Road, Staplehurst, Kent.
TN12 0DH


Ightham Mote 
This Grade I listed building is a fine example of a 14th Century moated manor house and visitors can still view some of the original rooms that date back to when it was built in 1330, including the Great Hall, Crypt, Old Chapel and two Solars.A rectangular lawn, on the site of a medieval stew pond, gives a Enclosed Style appearance to the garden. The National Trust is restoring some of the nineteenth century planting. For almost 700 years the gardens have provided the backdrop and setting for all the dramas of life played out at Ightham Mote.The needs of food production, fashion, new pastimes, collector’s zeal and the changing financial fortunes of the owners have all left their mark. Like the house, the garden is a survivor, retaining many of its oldest features. Just as in the house we are left with a patchwork of different periods the significance of which are only now coming to light.We are approaching the end of an extensive period of research into the designed landscape which will inform the way that the gardens are used and presented. This will allow us to better reflect the history of this wonderful garden. Ightham Mote’s 14-acre garden nestles in a sunken valley & surrounds the beautiful medieval moated manor house. The North Lake and Woodland Garden with ornamental pond & cascade was created in the early 19th century with interesting trees to walk and sit amongst with pleasurable views to the house showing off its romantic setting. The Orchard, Enclosed Garden, Memorial Garden and Vegetable & Cutting Garden all contribute to the garden’s sense of tranquility for which it is famed. The garden has “sat quietly” as a backdrop during the 15 year conservation project on the house. Now emerging out of the shadows for its moment of real glory, it is an exciting time to visit as a Conservation Plan is underway for the garden to become an attraction in its own right. These changes will be interpreted for our visitors as they occur.Opening times - Core Season 2009: 14 March - 1 November. 11.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. (Last entry 4.30 p.m.) Closed Tues/Weds.
Ightham Mote Mote Road,
Ivy Hatch,
 TN15 0NT
 6m E of Sevenoaks.  Off A25, 2½m S of Ightham. Buses from rail stns Sevenoaks or Borough Green to Ivy Hatch, ½m walk to Ightham Mote
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Kearsney Court Garden
A garden designed by Thomas Mawson. There is a canal garden bounded by pergolas and a serpentine lake. Opening times - All year, Daily, Open dawn to dusk
Alkham Road,
CT16 3PG
2 miles north east of Dover.

Knole Park 
Created in the 15th Century for the Archbishops of Canterbury to have somewhere away from court for hunting and other recreational activities, these 1000 acres of beautiful parkland is the only remaining medieval deer park in the county. Visitors to the park, which is owned by the current Lord Sackville, are frequently amazed by how close one can get to the herds of wild deer that the park is home to. Knole Park also provides access to Sevenoaks Environmental Park which features a mixture of wetlands, wild flower meadows and woodland.Opening times - Garden open late March to late October on Wednesdays, 11am to 4pm. Park open daily for pedestrians.
Knole Park Sevenoaks,
TN15 0RP
½m SE of Sevenoaks.  Stn: Sevenoaks
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Leeds Castle and Culpeper Gardens
Shrouded in mist, mystery and legend, Leeds Castle rises from its own lake amidst one of England’s most picturesque counties; the survivor of 1,000 years emerges into the 21st Century pre-eminent among the great buildings of the British Isles. It has experienced battles, witnessed intrigue, entertained and solaced leaders of men, inspired countless artists and now provides a place of fascination and enjoyment to half a million visitors each year of all ages. It is very beautiful but nothing remains of the medieval or Tudor gardens which the castle surely had. The tower, described as a 'Gloriette', was designed as a place from which to view the park. There is also a garden, named after the herbalist Nicholas Culpeper, which was started by Russell Page in 1980 and is now mature. In 1987 a maze with a grotto was added. The designers were Randall Coate and Adrian Fisher. The Woodland Garden has meandering streams. The Lady Baillie Garden overlooks the lake and has a red brick Arts and Crafts style.A 3,000-acre estate originally surrounded the castle. The parkland is now much smaller, but still contains farms, woodland, a golf course and several gardens. In Spring, the Wood Garden alongside the River Len is a particularly lovely way to approach the castle. Its carpet of Daffodils, Narcissi and Anemones presents a vibrant burst of colour. Later in the year, the visitor is treated to the splendor of Azaleas and Rhododendrons. Opening times - All year. Daily. Closed , 3rd July, 6th and 7th November and 25th December. Open 10am, last admission 3pm (Oct-Mar), 4.30pm (Apr-Sep). ME17 1PL
Leeds Castle Near Maidstone,
Leeds Castle garden is 6 miles east of Maidstone and 0.25 miles south of A20


Tel :
01622 765400
Lullingstone Castle World Garden
Near to Roman Villa, this historic family mansion and church was frequented by Henry VIII and Queen Anne. Tom Hart Dyke converted the castle's 2 acre walled gardens into a World Garden of Plants to raise funds for the upkeep of his ancestral home.  The design of the World Garden is a (roughly drawn) map of the world consisting of continent-shaped beds. Plant species from around the world are planted in the map according to their country of origin. Notable specimens include a Wollemi Pine and Silver Princess Eucalyptus Caesia. The planting design, by Adam Bailey, is good. But the world map cannot be seen from eye level and, had the ground been level, the design idea would have worked very much better if the land between the continents had been water and all the pedestrian routes were on bridges or dry land.The old residential castle and chapel are exceptionally fine and a good selection of plants is on sale. Opening times - Early April to late September. Friday and Saturday open 12pm to 5pm. Sunday and Bank Holidays except Good Friday open 2pm to 6pm.
Lullingstonecastle Lullingstone Park, Eynsford, Dartford, Kent, DA4 0JA
1m from Eynsford.  M25 J3, signs to Brands Hatch then Eynsford. In Eynsford turn R at church over ford bridge. Follow lane under viaduct, with Lullingstone Roman Villa on R, to private rd sign, follow signs for World Garden via Gatehouse
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Marle Place Gardens   
Tucked away up a Wealden lane lies an enchanting garden where planting and art blend to create a magical surprise around every corner. Marle Place is a peaceful, privately owned Wealden garden with ten acres of formal planting and many more acres of woodland and orchard. The delightful gardens are a combination of hedged rooms and tree lined avenues, lakes and unusual sculptures and teaming with wildlife. In the Spring there are the flowering herbaceous and annual plants and unusual shrubs to give scent and colour throughout the year.Marle Place is an extensive and peaceful Wealden garden cared for and enlarged by the artist and tree loving owners of 40 years. Victorian and Edwardian features, a gazebo, a rockery and an Italianate scented garden blend with modern planting and planning, including a mosaic terrace. Within the yew hedged kitchen garden a restored Victorian glasshouse holds an exotic display of orchids.   Glorious fresh Spring colour is followed by the scent and abundance of midsummer shrub roses, annuals and perennials. Autumn’s spectacular leaf colour, displayed in the huge variety of trees old and new, and the sparkle of the herbaceous borders close the season. The gardens are encircled by ancient woodland a stream and ponds.
Marle Place Gardens Marle Place Road, Brenchley,
TN12 7HS
 8m SE of Tonbridge.  From A21 Kippings Cross roundabout take B2160 to Matfield, R to Brenchley, then follow brown tourist signs. From A21 Forstal Farm roundabout take B2162 Horsmonden rd and follow signs
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Mount Ephraim Gardens
Mount Ephraim Gardens are at the heart of an 800 acre estate comprising the house and gardens, a progressive fruit farm, woodland and grazing. The glory of the garden lies in its superb site. The house, rebuilt in 1870, but the home of the Dawes family for over 300 years, commands a truly magnificent view over woodland parks, orchards and the Swale and Thames Estuary.
Mount Ephraim Gardens Staple Street, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent, ME13 9TX
3m E of Faversham.  From end of M2, then A299 take slip rd 1st L to Hernhill, signed to gardens
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Old Archbishop’s Palace
Experts believe the original features of this Grade I listed structure date from the 11th Century. It was intended to house the clergy from the local parish church, but in 1349 the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Simon Islip, demolished the majority of the building in order to use the materials for his new palace at Maidstone. The more recent private owners have used local materials to restore it to its former glory and the original features include a fully operational well and a 13th Century oak door.
Old Archbishops Palace Wrotham, Kent TN15 7AH

Owl House Gardens
Owl House Gardens are made up of sixteen acres, which are divided up into four main sections. The pavilion garden and great lawn is the first area visitors will see, in this section is the rose temple, a favourite of Lady Dufferin herself. The woodland and temple garden boasts spectacular displays of bluebells in the spring and attracts all kinds of wildlife. The water garden plays host to various ponds and fountains while the attractive walled garden takes you back to the café and gift shop.
Owl House Gardens Mount Pleasant, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 8LY
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Penshurst Place & Gardens 
Penshurst Place is a magnificent mediaeval house surrounded by equally magnificent gardens and ancient parkland. The house has been in the same family since 1552 and is maintained as a family home today. The gardens are richly varied, one area being divided by miles of yew hedge into a number of self-contained garden rooms, each with their own individual character and style. Another area is given over the Union Flag Garden where lavender and red and white roses are planted to form the Union flag of Great Britain.
Penshurst Place Penshurst, Kent TN11 8DG
 6m NW of Tunbridge Wells.  SW of Tonbridge on B2176, signed from A26 N of Tunbridge Wells
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Pines Garden
The Pines Garden is a 6-acre arboretum-like garden with, as the name suggests, a range of conifers. The Kitchen Garden has over 40 different species of fruit with exotics as well as natives. There is a roundhouse shelter built from recycled wood from felled leylandii trees. The garden also features a cascade and adjoining lake, a rockery, grass labyrinth, flowering shrubs and a statue of Winston Churchill. The Pines Garden has been run organically since 2002. This involves working in harmony with the natural systems, composting, recycling waste materials and using natural predators to control pests.   This 6-acre Garden has many fine features including a lake, a specially created grass labyrinth and a roundhouse shelter for picnics. You can also visit our new organic kitchen garden with over 40 different species of fruit and vegetables from the exotic to the familiar. There are paths for buggy and wheelchair access and lots of seating for visitors to come and unwind at any time of the year.  The St Margaret's Bay Trust is an education and environmental charity which owns and manages The Pines Calyx™, a conference, training and events venue located within the 6 acre Pines Garden. Additional facilities include St Margaret's Museum and adjoining tearoom. Opening times - All year. Daily except 25th December. Open 10am to 5pm.

Beach Road, St Margaret's Bay, Dover, Kent, 
 CT15 6DZ
 4½m NE of Dover.  Approach village of St Margaret's-at-Cliffe off A258 Dover/Deal rd. Continue through village centre & down Bay Hill. Signed just before beach
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Tel : 01304 851737
Port Lympne Gardens
A great Edwardian house, designed by Sir Herbert Baker in the Cape Dutch style, overlook Romney Marsh and the English Channel. The garden was designed by the owner, Sir Philip Sassoon with help from Philip Tilden. The garden then fell into decay and its central fountain was destroyed. After 1973, the garden was rescued by a new owner, John Aspinall, with advice from Russell Page. There is a monumental stairway, a lily pool, a Magnolia walk, a Chess garden, a series of terraces, herbaceous borders and bedding.  Port Lympne Gardens are set in 15 acres of beautiful landscaped terrain and include a vineyard, figary, chessboard and stripe garden. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the Trojan stairway across Romney Marsh and the English Channel.  Attention to detail within each of section of the gardens is exhibited by complimentary grouping of colour. The gardens are of interest throughout the year with Spring bedding and Summer bedding.   Port Lympne Mansion was built for Philip Sassoon between 1914-1920. A lavish and expensive project, professional leading craftsmen were employed - including architect Sir Herbert Baker famous for the design of New Delhi in India and Philip Tilden a well known designer.
The late John Aspinall bought Port Lympne in 1973 to house his collection of rare and endangered species. The mansion house is located in 600 acres of its wild animal park in Kent and consists of delightful mural painted romms by famous English artists such as Rex Whistler, Spencer Roberts and Martin Jordan.  Opening times - Port Lympne Wild Animal Park is open All year. Daily except 25th December. Summer:10am-6pm (last admission 4.30pm) Winter: 10am-5pm (last admission 3.30pm) Garden & Mansion Tours available from 10am to 4pm. Tours can be tailored to your specific requirements and are available all year-round. Please call 01303 264 647 for more information on prices
 nr Hythe,
CT21 4PD
Port Lympne Gardens are 18 miles south of Canterbury and 3 miles west of Hythe (leave M20 at junction 11).
 Tel 01303 264647
Red House
Commissioned by William Morris in 1859 and designed by Philip Webb, Red House is of enormous international significance in the history of domestic architecture and garden design. The garden was designed to "clothe" the house with a series of sub-divided areas, which still exist. House and garden now provide an oasis in an suburban environment. 2010 open 3 March - 28 November - Wed - Sun 11 - 5.  3 - 19 December - Fri - Sun  11 - 5. Open BH Mondays. Free admission for National Trust members
Red House
Red House Lane,
 DA6 8JF


Restoration House
Restoration House, in the Kent city of Rochester, 30 miles south-east of London, takes its name from the stay by King Charles II on the eve of the monarch's restoration to the throne. Described as England’s finest pre-Civil War town house, it opened to the public in 2000 and belongs to Robert Tucker, who admits his work there is "a labour of love". Restoration House: Was previously owned by TV comedian Rod Hull, who fell to his death from the roof. Upstairs is the chamber in which, in Dickens’ story, Miss Havisham’s wedding feast lay untouched. Has beautiful rooms filled with 17th/18th century furniture and portraits by Reynolds, Gainsborough and others. A walled garden includes a formal pond, yew hedges and herbaceous borders.
Restoration House 17-19 Crow Lane, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1RF
01634 848520
Riverhill House Gardens
An early eighteenth century house with a garden made by its nineteenth century owner, John Rogers, who was a keen horticulturalist. Planting began in 1842. The garden has terraces, big trees, rhododendrons and azaleas. Opening times - Late March to late June. Sundays and Bank Holiday Saturdays and Mondays. Open 11am-5pm.
Riverhill House Gardens Riverhill House Sevenoaks,
 TN15 0RR
2m S of Sevenoaks on A225. 
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Sandling Park
Sandling is marvellous in May as it is essentially a spring garden, comprising 25 acres set in a medieval wood, drained by natural streams.   For over 100 years the Hardy family has planted rare trees, rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, camellias and other woodland plants - and most flower in May.   Sandling was devastated by the 1987 hurricane and closed to the public.   Over 400 trees came down, smashing everything beneath them and removing the vital top cover.   The restoration began, and the gardening fraternity came to the rescue with generous gifts of rare plants from public and private collections, which are now coming to maturity.   The garden is classified as Grade II Heritage. Open every Sunday and Wednesday in May 10-5.   Admission £4, children free.   Teas.   Free parking.   No dogs.   Unsuitable for wheelchairs
Sandling Park Hythe, Kent,
CT21 4HN,
1½m NW of Hythe.  Entrance off A20 only. From M20 J11 turn E onto A20. Entrance ¼m
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 Tel:01303 260541
Scotney Castle Garden
A fourteenth century moated castle with a garden that is a prime example of picturesque aesthetic ideas applied to garden design. From 1952 to 1970 it belonged to Christopher Hussey, author of an excellent book on The Picturesque, which traces the ideas to Price and Knight. The author's grandfather, Edward Hussey, was an amateur artist and had the new house built with a terrace, designed by William Sawrey Gilpin, and a transition to the picturesque castle garden. The latter is planted with exotic plants, in the picturesque manner. Lanning Roper designed a circular herb garden near the bridge. Opening times - March to October. Wednesday to Sunday. Open 11am to 5pm. Also weekend opening in November and December.
Scotney Castle Garden Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells,
 TN3 8JN
6m SE of Tunbridge Wells.  On A21 London-Hastings, brown tourist signs. Bus: (Mon to Sat) Tunbridge Wells-Wadhurst, alight Lamberhurst Green
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Tel : 01892 893820
Sissinghurst Garden
A sixteenth century tower, and other buildings, with the most famous twentieth century garden in England. Sissinghurst garden is a prime example of the Arts and Crafts style. The garden was made on the site of a medieval manor and some structures survive. Harold Nicolson, a diplomat and author, laid down the main lines of the Sissinghurst design in the 1930s. Vita Sackville-West, a poet, a garden writer and Harold's wife, took responsibility for the planting at Sissinghurst garden. She worked as an 'artist-gardener'. Her planting design was brilliant. The historical importance of Sissinghurst Castle Garden comes from its role in transmitting Gertrude Jekyll's design philosophy to a host of visitors. The most famous and influential feature of Sissinghurst is the White Garden. It exemplified and popularised Jekyll's idea of using colour themes in planting design. Opening times - Mid March to early November. Friday to Tuesday.
Sissinghurst Castle, Kent Sissinghurst, Cranbrook, Kent, England, TN17 2AB
10m E of Tunbridge Wells.  E of Sissinghurst village, ½m from Sissinghurst NT garden on A262
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 Tel 01580 710700.
Squerryes Court Garden
A seventeenth century house (c1681) with park, lake and garden. The old 'formal garden', of 1689, was removed in the eighteenth century but was shown on a print in 1719. A 300 year old avenue survives and the old garden is being restored. The garden suffered serious damage during the 1987 storm and many mature trees were lost. It has parterres, a dovecot, a gazebo. The borders, rose garden, heather beds and woodland gardens have a later origin.  During the last twenty years the family have been restoring the formal gardens using the early eighteenth century plan as a guideline. Borders, parterres, hedges and avenues have been planted. Spring bulbs, rhododendrons, roses and herbaceous borders make it a garden for all seasons. The woodland walks, lake and fine views add to the peaceful setting.  Originally laid out in the formal style in 1700 using some of the medieval plans the garden was landscaped in the middle of the eighteenth century. Opening times - April to September. Wednesday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Open 11:30am to 5pm.
Sqerries Court Manor House Westerham, Kent, England, TN16 1SJ
 ½m W of Westerham.  Signed from A25
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St Augustine's Abbey
Now an archaeological site but the cloister garth survives. The oldest surviving plan for a British garden is for the nearby Christ Church Monastery cloister, now rebuilt as Canterbury Cathedral Cloister. Opening times - All year. April to June open Wednesday to Sunday. Daily in July and August. Sundays only September to March., Open 10am to 5pm (6pm July and August).
St Augustine's Abbey Longport,
0.5 miles east of Canterbury Cathedral.

Stoneacre Garden
A half-timbered house with a twentieth century 'cottage garden'. Part of the house dates from the fifteenth century and part was added by Aymer Vallance in the 1920s when he purchased the Stoneacre. He published a book on The Art of William Morris in 1897 and gave Stoneacre to the National Trust in 1928. Rosemary Alexander, who runs the English Gardening School, held the tenancy from the National Trust for 12 years. There are colour themed borders, a white/green garden, and interesting plants in the courtyard, a summerhouse, orchard and a wild garden. It has something of the character of Great Dixter. Opening times - April to early October. Saturday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Open 11am to 5.30pm (last entry 5pm).
House, Stoneacre Garden Otham, Maidstone,
ME15 8RS
Stoneacre garden is 4 miles south east of Maidstone. Leave M20 at junction 7. At north end of Otham village.

The Salutation – The Secret Gardens of Sandwich
The garden was designed by Lutyens in 1911 and Jekyll is believed to have designed the planting.  Features including the White Garden and Bowling Lawn have been recreated, while new features such as the Tropical Border have been added.Located in the Tropical Border you will find a Wollemi Pine, an incredibly old and rare tree which dates back to 90 million years ago. Opening times - Open 7 days a week, all year, except Christmas and New Year. OPENING HOURS 2010 5th January – 10th April, 10am to 4pm 11th April - 30th September, 10am to 5pm 1st October – 17th December, 10am to 4pm
Knightrider Street, Sandwich,
CT13 9EW

 Tel: 01304 619919
 Tonbridge Riverside Gardens 
These 14 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens were originally part of Tonbridge Castle’s grounds and it is still possible today to see much evidence of the Motte and Bailey’s existence.

Tonbridge Riverside Gardens

Toys Hill  
Toys Hill forms part of the 450 acres of woodland that lies between the towns of Westerham, Edenbridge and Sevenoaks and is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Grade I site of national importance for nature conservation.

Toys Hill

Trosley Country Park
The 160 acres that make up this beautiful country park were once part of the Trosley Towers Estate but are now a Special Site of Scientific Interest.
Trosley Country Park

Walmer Castle and Gardens
Walmer Castle was built in 1540 as part of Henry VIII's chain of coastal defences. Over the centuries it has transformed from a fortress to a beautiful stately home with exceptional gardens. It is the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, currently the Queen Mother. Taped tours are available in several languagesHas an Arts & Crafts garden..Opening times - April to September, Daily, Closed 24th to 26th December but open Wednesday to Sunday (10am to 4pm) in November, December and March, Open 10am to 6pm
Walmer Castle Kingsdown Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 7LJ
Walmer Castle Garden is 2 miles south of Deal.
Tel :
01304 364288
Yalding Organic Gardens  
Yalding Organic Gardens provide a history of gardening in Britain. Starting from a woodland walk, the visitor proceeds through a 13th Century apothecary’s garden to a medieval knot garden.

Yalding Organic Gardens Benover Road, Yalding,
 Near Maidstone, Kent
ME18 6EX

 Tel/Fax +44 (01622) 814650
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Blenheim Palace Garden
Blenheim Gardens, originally laid out by Henry Wise, include the formal Water Terraces and Italian Garden by Achille Duchêne, Rose Garden, Arboretum, and Cascade. The Secret Garden, opened in 2004, offers a stunning garden paradise for all seasons. Blenheim Lake, created by 'Capability' Brown and spanned by Vanburgh's Grand Bridge, is the focal point of over 2,000 acres of landscaped parkland. The Pleasure Gardens complex includes the Herb and Lavender Garden and Butterfly House. Other activities incl the Marlborough Maze, putting greens, adventure play area, giant chess and draughts. Mid-March to 31st October. Daily. Open 10.30am to 5.30pm. Park open all year, daily except 25th December, from 9am to dusk.
Blenheim Palace Woodstock, Oxfordshire,   OX20 1PX
8m N of Oxford.  Bus: S3 Oxford-Chipping Norton, alight Woodstock
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 Tel: 08700 60 20 80
Brook Cottage Garden
4-acre hillside garden formed since 1964. Wide variety of trees, shrubs and perennials in areas of differing character. Water gardens, gravel garden, colour coordinated borders. Over 200 shrub and climbing roses. Many clematis; magnificent trees, interesting throughout season Easter Monday to end October. Monday to Friday. Open 9am to 6pm
Brook Cottage Garden Well Lane, Alkerton, nr Banbury, Oxfordshire,  
OX15 6NL
6m NW of Banbury.  ½m off A422. Follow signs in village
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Tel : 01295 670303
Broughton Castle Garden
A Medieval/Tudor moated manor house and garden. The planting design is predominantly twentieth century. There are herbaceous and shrub borders. The walled garden has box-edged rose beds and mixed borders. The Walled Garden on the South side of the Castle known as the Ladies'Garden was established in the 1880,s on the site of the sixteeth century kitchens. The fleur de lys beds are planted with Rose 'Heritage' and Rose 'Gruss an Aachen'. The hedge against the castle is of Rose 'Felicia'. The other beds contain many old roses and herbaceous plants, together with shrubs such as hiladelphus and deutzia. On the west side of the Ladies' Garden wall is a mixed border , with pink the predominant colour. The roses in this border include 'Fantin-Latour','Fritz Nobis', 'Frau Dagmar Hastrup', Marguerite Hilling', and climbing roses 'Albertine' and 'Purity'. The border near the Gatehouse has a blue, yellow and grey themeand includes roses 'Maigold', 'Golden Wings','Windrush' and 'Schneezwerg',together with berberis, potentillas, hypericum and campanulas.  The existing planting is based on advice given by Lanning Roper in 1970, the work being carried out by th then gardener Bert Dancer.In the 1980's the planting was developed by Randal Anderson, like Lanning Roper also of American origin. The garden is now maintained and devloped by one gardener, Chris Hopkins.1 May to 15 September. Wednesday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Also Thursdays in July and August and Easter Sunday and Monday. Open 2pm to 5pm.
Broughton Castle Garden, Oxon Broughton, nr Banbury, Oxfordshire,   OX15 5EB
 2½m SW of Banbury.  On Shipston-on-Stour rd (B4035)
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Tel : 01295 262624
Broughton Grange
Chelsea Gold Medal winner Tom Stuart-Smith designed the walled garden in 2001, which is enclosed by clipped trees. There are three terraces and a rill leading to a central stone tank. Broughton Grange also has a knot garden, wildflower meadow and arboretum. An impressive 25 acres of gardens and light woodland in an attractive Oxfordshire setting. The centrepiece is a large terraced walled garden created by Tom Stuart-Smith in 2001. Vision has been used to blend the gardens into the countryside. Good early displays of bulbs followed by outstanding herbaceous planting in summer. Formal and informal areas combine to make this a special site incl newly laid arboretum with many ongoing projects Open under NGS and for groups by appointment.
Broughton Grange Wykeham Lane, Broughton, Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, OX15 5DS
¼m out of village.  From Banbury take the B4035 to village of Broughton. At the Seye & Sele Arms PH turn L up Wykham Lane (one way). Follow rd out of village along lane for ¼m. Entrance on R
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Buscot Park
To enjoy Buscot Park to the full, you should take time to explore the extensive gardens that surround this late 18th century house.  To the west mellow red brick walls shelter a garden for all seasons ( 4 Seasons Garden ), spring bulbs, flowering trees, climbing roses and drifts of multi coloured day lilies as well as fruit and interplanted vegetables. To the east, woodland walks lead to one of England's finest water gardens, an unusual marriage of Italian formality in an English landscape. Canals with bridges and pools lead you down to a large lake.There is a new water feature called the Faux Fall by artist and sculptor David Harber, commissioned in 2007 by the present Lord Faringdon. It consists of a series of highly polished steel vertical panels in graduated form and height over which water is pumped and which when viewed from across the the opposite descending stairway to the Four Seasons Walled garden appears like a cascade.April to September. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday including Good Friday and BH Mondays and the following weekends 2pm-6pm (Tearoom 2pm-5.30pm): 11/12, 25/26 April; 2/3, 9/10, 23/24, May; 13/14, 27/28 June; 11/12, 25/26 July; 8/9, 22/23, 29/30 August; 12/13, 26/27 Sept. Grounds only also open Monday and Tuesday.
Buscot Park by Paul Leitch Buscot Park
Faringdon, SN7 8BU

 Tel 01367 240786
Chastleton House Garden
A fine Jacobean house (1612) in Cotswold stone, overlooking a valley. The garden has features from several periods: (1) an astronomical garden, which is analysed by Roy Strong in his book on The Renaissance Garden in England (2) a lake with an island, a Chinese bridge and a pagoda, (3) a herbaceous border planted according to Gertrude Jekyll's 'JMW Turner' colour scheme (4) a croquet lawn: the rules of croquet were codified at Chastleton.
Arch at Chastleton House Garden
Chastleton, Moreton-in-Marsh, Oxfordshire, 
 GL56 0SU
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Tel: 01494 755560
Ditchley Park
Not open to the public.  Many world leaders have quietly met here, as it is close to Brize Norton. Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe designed one of the last Italian gardens in England at Ditchley Park. The knot/parterre has gone but the rest of the garden survives in good condition. Jellicoe reinstated the terrace, which Gibbs designed and made a pool with fountains. Statues were brought from Wrest Park.
Ditchley Park, Oxfordshire Ditchley Park
Enstone, Chipping Norton
Oxon OX7 4ER

Tel:    +44 (0)1608 677346
Fax:    +44 (0)1608 677399
Great Tew
A picturesque village of thatched cottages. There are few signs to suggest the location of Loudon's Ferme Ornee and the property is not open to the public. But the tree belts which enclose the valley appear to have been Loudon's work and the ornamental  farm could - and should - be restored. Great Tew is one of the few privately owned villages in England. A few houses have been sold but its ancient character has been retained.
Great Tew, Oxfordshire nr Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire


Greys Court Garden
The gardens cover 6 acres and surround a Tudor house with many alterations, as well as a Donkey Wheel and Tower. They incl lawns, a maze and small arboretum. The highlight though is the patchwork of smaller gardens such as White, Rose, Cherry, Wisteria and Kitchen, set amidst ruined walls Meet the gardeners and volunteers who look after the gardens. A band will play during the evening .April to September. Tuesday to Saturday (except June Wednesday to Sunday). Closed Good Friday. Open 12pm to 5pm. House open Wednesday to Friday only 2pm to 5pm.
Greys Court Garden Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, 
 RG9 4PG
2m W of Henley-on-Thames.  Signed from Nettlebed taking B481. Direct route from Henley-on-Thames town centre (unsigned for NT): follow signs to Badgemore Golf Club towards Rotherfield Greys, about 3m out of Henley
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Tel : 01491 628529
Harcourt Arboretum
Oxford University's arboretum occupies part of a famous park, Nuneham Courtney, designed by Lancelot Brown (not open to the public). Highlights are the bluebell wood in spring, wildflower meadow in summer and the Japanese acers in autumn. The Harcourt Arboretum, with its acid soil, open spaces and informal serpentine walks provides an interesting contrast to the University of Oxford Botanic Garden .All year. April to October: daily 10am 5pm. December to March: Monday to Friday 10am to 4:30pm.
Harcourt Arboretum, Oxfordshire Nuneham Courtenay,
 nr Oxford,
 OX44 9PX

Tel  01865 343501
Fax 01865 341828
Kelmscott Manor
Kelmscott  Manor was the home of William Morris famous for his textile designs. Before venturing out into the small garden take time to read the Garden leaflet which gives it history. This will make your visit more enjoyable. William Morris loved this garden which has been recreated using many of the plants which he loved and from which many of his designs came. The mulberry garden is dominated by the original tree which was there in 1921. This leads to a small orchard with varieties of Victorian apples. The lashed fencing has been copied from original photos. The garden is worth visiting if combined with a visit to the Manor.
Kelmscott Manor by Paul Leitch  Kelmscott,
 Tel 01367 252486
Oxford University Botanic Garden
The University of Oxford Botanic Garden probably has the most compact yet diverse collection of plants in the World ­ there is even more biological diversity here than there is in tropical rain forests and other biodiversity hotspots.The Garden consists of three sections. The Glasshouses contain plants that need protection from the extremes of the British weather. The area outside the Walled Garden contains a Water Garden and Rock Garden as well as the innovative Black Border and Autumn Borders.
Oxford University Botanic Garden  Rose Lane,
 Tel  01 865 286 690
Rousham House and Garden
Rousham is the purest example of an Augustan landscape garden, designed by William Kent on a framework made by Charles Bridgeman in the 1720s. One's first Roman encounter is with statues recalling the Imperial games: a lion mauls a horse and a gladiator dies with restrained agony. A path leads into the woods and the Venus Vale, with statues of Pan, a faun, and Venus, from whom Caesar claimed descent. A sweetly serpentine rill flows in a stone channel from the Cold Bath into the Venus Vale. In another glade, a Temple overlooks the River Cherwell. The terrace overlooming the river is named the Praeneste after the ancient temple complex in the modern town of Palestrina outside Rome. Rousham Gardens are open every day of the year from 10 am. Last admission is at 4.30 pm and the gardens close at 6 pm (or at dusk, if earlier). Rousham House is only open by prior arrangement
Kelmscott Manor by Paul Leitch Steeple Aston,
 OX25 4QU

 Tel 01869 347110
Shotover House Garden
A house and garden made in 1718 for a friend of two famous empiricists, John Locke and Robert Boyle. The design is French-influenced, with a straignt canal. But it has the earliest example of a Gothic revival folly and an octagonal temple designed by William Kent in the 1730s.
Daffodils, Shotover House Garden Shotover,

Stonor Park Garden
A mainly-Tudor house with an enclosed garden at the rear, between the house and a hillside. The Stonor Park garden has lawns, a terrace, pools, urns and topiary. April to mid September. Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. Also open Wednesdays in July and August. Open 1pm to 5.30pm.
Stonor Park Garden Steve Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, 

Tel: 01491 638 587
Sulgrave Manor Garden
A sixteenth century house (1539) with an Arts and Crafts garden designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield in 1927. There is topiary, a herb parterre and a rose garden with a sundial. The house belonged to ancestors of America's revolutionary commander and first president, George Washington. It is immaculately maintained.  Our gardens were designed in 1920 by Sir Reginald Blomfield, landscaper and architect. The Tudor Manor house sits in 3 acres of gardens, formally planted with yew hedges and herbaceous borders. We have an orchard of 42 fruit trees that has a carpet of daffodils in the spring. A formal rose garden with box hedges sits on the east side of the house. We are also the home of the National Herb Society with quite extensive herb beds. There is a Tudor vegetable garden with a forge and a colonial vegetable garden (1657) which was new for 2009.  Sulgrave Manor is a Tudor Manor house built in 1539 by Lawerence Washington, ancestor to George Washington. There are additions to the building in the 18th century. Easter to October: open weekends noon to 4pm. May to October: also open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 2 to 4pm.
Herb Garden, Sulgrave Manor, Manor Road,
OX17 2SD

01295 760 205
Tew Lodge
The remains of Loudon's ferme ornee in Great Tew can just about be seen -  but only by those who print a copy of the plan (right) from Loudon's book and take it with them. Loudon made a  fortune  by  improving the farm and used the money to pay for the tour of Europe which  enabled him to write the first illustrated history of garden design. It was published in his Encyclopedia of  Gardening  . Not open to public
Great Tew,

University Parks, Oxford
University Parks is located on the banks of the River Cherwel. The land was purchased by the university of Oxford from Merton College between 1853 and 1864. Professor Cyril Darlington, created the Genetic Garden to demonstrate evolutionary processes. Other features include a footbridge over the river, a lily pond, the university cricket ground and a clump of trees planted to commemorate the coronation of Elizabeth II. Several trees survives from the nineteenth century plantings, notably the Japanese Pagoda Tree planted in 1888. All year. Daily except Christmas Eve. Open 8am to half an hour before dusk.
Parks Road,
 OX1 3RH
Tel : 01865 282040
Waterperry Gardens
The gardens date back to 1932 when Miss Beatrix Havergal opened her School of Horticulture for Ladies. The 8 acre ornamental gardens include a rose and formal knot garden, water-lily canal, riverside walk, and one of the finest purely herbaceous borders in the country. Herbaceous nursery stock beds provide a living catalogue of plants, and there's also an alpine garden, and the National Collection of Kabschia Saxifrages. A commercial plant centre, stocked with plants grown in on-site nurseries, occupies large areas of the beautiful walled garden, and the site also boasts a 5 acres of commercial orchards, producing the famous Waterperry apple juice each year. Gardening courses are held throughout the year.  The ornamental gardens at Waterperry date back to the early 1930s when Beatrix Havergal set up her School of Horticulture for Ladies. When the school closed in 1972 it paved the way for much development in the gardens which are now famous - not least for the purely herbaceous border which is a joy to behold from May to late September. All year. Daily. Open 10am to 5.30pm (5pm November to February). Closed over the Christmas period
Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry,
 nr Wheatley,
 OX33 1JZ
 9m E of Oxford.  M40 J8 from London (turn off Oxford-Wheatley, first L to Wheatley, follow brown rose symbol). J8a from Birmingham (turn R Oxford-Wheatley over A40, first R Wheatley, follow brown rose symbol. We are 2½ m N of Wheatley
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 Tel 01844 339254
Wroxton Abbey Garden
A Jacobean house with a 1727 garden which was partly converted to the serpentine style between 1731 and 1751. There is a serpentine lake, a cascade, a rill and a number of follies by Sanderson Miller: a Gothic Dovecot, the Drayton Arth and the Temple-on-the-Mount. W A Nesfield advised on a formal flower garden on the south side of the house. A knot garden has been added in the twentieth century and was illustrated by Blomfield as an example of a 'modern garden'.All year. Daily. Open dawn to dusk.
Wroxton abbey garden Wroxton,
 nr Banbury,
 OX15 6PX


Corpus Christi College
Several small gardens and quadrangles overlooking Christ Church meadow, incl new terraces . Sun 27 June (2-5).
Corpus Chisti College
Corpus Christi College
   Entrance from Merton St
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01865 276700
Magdalen College
 60 acres incl deer park, college lawns, numerous trees 150-200yrs old, notable herbaceous and shrub plantings; Magdalen meadow, where purple and white snake's-head fritillaries can be found, is surrounded by Addison’s Walk, a tree-lined circuit by the R Cherwell developed since the late C18. Ancient herd of 60 deer. Sculpture commissioned to celebrate 550th anniversary. It is by Turner prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger and is called Y. Made of steel, 10m high, in the form of a tree, it is situated in Bat Willow Meadow. Sun 11 Apr (1-6).
Magdalen College
Magdalen College
  Entrance in High St
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Tel: 01865
Merton College Oxford Fellows' Garden
Ancient mulberry, said to have associations with James I. Specimen trees, long mixed border, recently-established herbaceous bed. View of Christ Church meadow. Sun 25 July (2-5).
Merton College
Merton College Oxford Fellows' Garden
 OX1 4JD
 Merton Street runs parallel to High Street
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01865 276310
Somerville College
 Approx 2 acres, robust college garden planted for yr-round interest. Formal bedding, colour-themed and vibrant old-fashioned mixed herbaceous borders. Sun 4 July (2-6).
Somerville College
Somerville College
  ½m E of Carfax Tower.  Enter from the Woodstock Rd, S of the Radcliffe Infirmary
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Trinity College
Historic main College Gardens with specimen trees incl aged forked catalpa, spring bulbs, fine long herbaceous border and handsome garden quad originally designed by Wren. President's Garden surrounded by high old stone walls, mixed borders of herbaceous, shrubs and statuary. Fellows’ Garden: small walled terrace, herbaceous borders; water feature formed by Jacobean stone heraldic beasts. Award-winning lavender garden and walk-through rose arbour. Suns 21 Mar; 25 July (2-5).
Trinity College
Trinity College
 Central Oxford. Entrance in Broad St
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Wadham College
 5 acres, best known for trees, spring bulbs and mixed borders. In Fellows’ main garden, fine ginkgo and Magnolia acuminata; bamboo plantation; in Back Quadrangle very large Tilia tomentosa 'Petiolaris’; in Mallam Court white scented garden est 1994; in Warden’s garden an ancient tulip tree; in Fellows’ private garden, Civil War embankment with period fruit tree cultivars, recently established shrubbery with unusual trees and ground cover amongst older plantings. Sunday Lunch and Afternoon Teas subject to availability.Suns 21 Mar (2-5); 11 July (2-6).
Wadham College
Wadham College
 OX1 3PN
  Central Oxford.  Parks Road
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tel: 01865 277579
Wolfson College
A splendid modern garden of 9 acres by R Cherwell developed in recent yrs with comprehensive plant collection tolerant of alkaline soils, grown in interesting and varied habitats around a framework of fine mature trees
Wolfson College Wolfson College
Oxford,  Oxfordshire
  ¾m N of Oxford city centre.  Turn R off Banbury Rd to end of Linton Rd
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Tel : 01865 274100
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The garden was designed by Lutyens for a house designed by James Wyatt in 1790. A scissors plan was used to integrate the axes of the house and the orangery with the garden. It hinges on an enclosed garden with sculptural topiary in yew. Other enclosures contain a rose garden and an open air theatre.
Ammerdown House Radstock,
 BA3 5SH

Tel: 01761 433709 Fax: 01761 433094
A sixteenth century house and deer park with a nineteenth century garden. There is a terraced lawn, a sunken garden, a pond, and a rose garden. Repton wrote, in 1803, that while a 'wealthy mechanic' might associate the view of Bristol with 'ideas of labour', the 'country gentleman, who never visits the city but to partake in its amusements' would appreciate the view.
Ashton Court Estate Long Ashton,
 Somerset,   BS41 9JN
Tel: 0117 963 3438
Barrington Court Garden  was laid out in the 1920's by the Lyles to a structured design influenced by Gertrude Jekyl - especially evident in the graceful Lily Garden.  The garden is divided into several sections with a stunning white garden and white flowering and silver leaved plants in outer and inner borders, Pergolas support wisteria, clematis and honeysuckles. There is a central pool garden with surrounding beds of annuals. Large kitchen garden. You will see  fabulous displays of sweetpeas which add great colour to the gardens at Barrington Court. Well worth a visit. The house is also open to the public.
Barrington Court Gardens Barrington, Nr Ilminster, Somerset
Tel :01460 241938
Fax : 01460 242614
Medieval palace surrounded by a moat fed by springs in the garden. Gatehouse, chapel, ruined great hall.  Mute swans ring a bell for food. A fortified and moated medieval palace, now the Bishop's residence, with a ruined banqueting hall which has been made into a garden. There is an arboretum in the grounds.
Pilgrim, Bishops Palace Garden Bishop's Palace, Wells
01749 678691
A picturesque hamlet designed in 1809. The rustic cottages were designed by John Nash and Repton's sons helped with the layout.
Blaise Hamlet Gardens Blaise Castle House,
Henbury, Bristol,
Somerset,  BS10


Camers - The  4 acre garden surrounds an Elizabethan farmhouse (not open) on the Cotswolds escarpment with fine views over the Severn  of the Welsh mountains. It is divided into a range of areas both formal and informal which are planted with a very wide range of species to give interest throughout the year Includes parterre, topiary, Japanese garden, bog shade and prairie areas, white and hot gardens, waterfalls and woodland walks.
Camers Old Sodbury,
 BS37 6RG0

 Tel 0145432243
The Walled Gardens lie within the grounds of a mediaeval Priory, and many of its fine buildings, including the walls of the gardens, remain. Over the last few years, the Walled Gardens have undergone a dramatic period of redevelopment. The areas now open to the public represent phase one of the development. Other areas where work is yet to be undertaken, will see the construction of planting of a Formal Rose Garden. Plants of Note : Australasian Garden; Herbaceous Border; Blue Garden; Sub Tropical Walk; Wisteria Collection; Arid and Tropical areas; Botanical Glasshouse; Mediterranean-climate zone; Victorian style fernery
Cannington Cannington, Bridgwater, TA5 2LS
Tel: 01278 655000
The Caveman Restaurant, at the entrance to the Cheddar Caves, is flourishing but Jellicoe's 'fish pond' glass roof is said to have leaked and was replaced with a solid roof. The seting and design of the restaurant suggest a gateway to the underworld.
Cheddar Gorge,
Somerset,   BS27


The reservoir provides an exciting opportunity to observe wildlife. Over 150 species of birds. A two mile marked walk is in this nature reserve.

                Nature Reserve Oaklands Road,

Set in a beautiful three-acre garden, this is among the oldest continuously used holy wells in the British Isles.
chalice well Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury
Daily, 10am-6pm,  (earlier closing times in winter )
01458 831154
One of the most delightful features of the Royal Victoria Park, the Botanical Gardens were formed in 1887 and within their 3.8 hectares (9 and a half acres) is one of the finest collections of plants on limestone, certainly in the West Country.  Less than a mile from Bath City Centre in the north west corner of the Park, the gardens boast many choice trees, shrubs, a fine herbaceous border, a rock garden and pool, a scented walk, a collection of old shrub roses, and a replica of a Roman Temple (the City’s exhibit at the British Empire Exhibition held at Wembley in 1924). These are just a few of the many attractive and interesting features of the garden. To mark the centenary in 1987 the gardens were extended to include the Great Dell, a disused quarry and formally part of the park itself, which already contained a very fine collection of conifers. It has been developed into a woodland garden, and contains ever more plants and features to add to this fascinating and beautiful park.The Temple of Minerva in the Gardens was carefully adapted and extended in 2009 to create an indoor Interpretation Centre for visitors and schools / groups. The Interpretation Centre has a 15 minute video explaining the Heritage Lottery Fund restoration of Royal Victoria Park along with other information and occasional exhibitions. The Centre is open during week days only but is available for bookings by schools and groups at other times.
Bath Botanical Garden Royal Victoria Park, Marlborough Lane, Bath, Somerset,  , BA1 2NQ


Tel :
(01225) 394041

At the American museum there is a garden which is based on the Mount Vernon Garden at George Washington's home.The garden consists of borders divided by a number of paths the main one of which leads to the Old School House. Plenty of colour including shrubs and herbaceous plantings. In front of the main house is a small herb garden with a small shop selling herbs. The arboretum features North American trees and shrubs and beyond this are tree trails, including the Lewis and Clark trail showing some of the trees which were discovered on their voyage of discovery 200 years ago. Well worth visiting if combined with a visit to the fascinating museum. Tea Room, Shop, Partial disabled access.
Mount Vernon Garden at Claverton Manor Leitch The American Museum,
Claverton Manor, Bath,
 BA2 7BD,

 Tel 01225 460503
Set in tranquil countryside.  The abbey remains boast some of the most complex buildings in England.  Magnificent timber roofing.
Cleeve Abbey Washford, Watchet
Daily, 10am-6pm (5pm Oct)
01984 640377
A fourteenth century house with a terraced garden, started by Sir Abraham Elton c1775. It has woods, herbaceous borders and a bowling green. Blomfield saw it as a good example of 'combined terrace and bank work'.
Clevedon Court, Somerset Tickenham Road, Cl
 Bristol, Somerset,   BS21 6QU


Tel : 01275 872257
Five hundred acres of wooded hillside and valleys.  Elizabethan house with Drake connections.  Gardens and restored corn mill. A Tudor house, on the site of a monastery, with a deer park and a re-created parterre planted with old roses. There is also a herb garden and a peacock house.
Combe Sydenham Country Park Monksilver, Taunton, TA4 4JG
Daily, April-Aug, 9am-5pm
0800 7838572
The Cothay Manor Garden by the River Tone covers around 12 acres and was designed in the 1920s by R Cooper. It is now a plantsman's paradise surrounding perhaps the most perfect example of a small classic medieval manor. Many garden rooms, each a garden in itself, are set off the 200 yard yew walk. In addition there is a bog garden with azaleas and drifts of primuli, fine trees, cottage garden, courtyards and a river walk.
                    Manor Cothay Manor, Greenham,  nr. Wellington
May-Sept.  Wed, Thur, Sun - 2pm-6pm.
01823 674133
 More remarkable than the house, which is built on one of the seven hills surrounding Bath, are its 10 acres of gardens that date from the 18th century. ''The garden presents a picture of great natural grandeur,’’ noted the Journal of Horticulture and Home Farmer as early as 1906. ''The construction of descending terraces and huge retaining walls give it an Italian appearance within an English setting.’’ There are also miles of shady walks, grottos that lead from one of 12 terraced levels to another and water features. And there are unexpected small gardens: one is the Hercules Garden, designed in 1995, where the Grecian demigod appears once in his lion skin and once in a mosaic pool; while another is the Teazle Garden, so named in memory of a dog. Gardens: 7 & 21 May, 11 June & 16 July 14.00-18.00, at other times by arrangement. Hall: by arrangement only
Widcombe Hill, Bath,
Somerset,   BA2 6AR

Tel : 01225-310322
Dillington House hosts a number of taster days and residential courses including silk painting, photography, creative writing, family history, music appreciation, and many more.
Dillington House Ilminster TA19 9DT
Dillington House
Tel: 01460 52427
Downside Abbey Church is one of the finest examples of Neo-Gothic architecture in England, which some describe as a jewel among the churches of Somerset.
Downside Abbey Stratton-on-the-Fosse, nr. Bath
01761 235161
Dunster Castle and gardens is in beautiful setting close to the sea and Exmoor.. This fortified storybook Dunster Castle was the home of the Luttrell family for 600 years. Famous for its lemon tree, Arbutus, Camellias, mimosa and Sequoia. Fine border of rare shrubs surrounds a lawn near the keep. Along the river thrives a variety of sub-tropical plants. Snowdrops and daffodils in parkland setting of 28 acres.
Also make sure to visit Dunster Castle and village.
Dunster Castle Dunster Castle,
Nr Minehead, Somerset
TA24 6SL

Tel :  01643 821314
It is not certain when the Tithe Barn was built but, in M J A Beacham's book "West Country Tithe Barns", we are told that the tithes of the De Mohun estates passed to the priory between 1090 and 1100.The Tithe Barn is referred to as being in existence in 1498 in Maxwell Lyte's " History of Dunster ", although on a 14th century map of Dunster, the priory buildings, the Dovecote and a large building on the site of the present Tithe Barn are shown.The tithe, or payment in kind, of 10% of the annual produce in crops, livestock, orchards and gardens was an ancient custom in the Christian west following the Mosaic Law and is referred to in Deuteronomy:- "Set aside a tithe - a tenth of all that your fields produce each year being the tithe of all your crops and store it in your town". Tithes first came to England with St Augustine (d. 604) and by the end of the 10th century, tithe payments had become compulsory everywhere, and so, during the next four or five centuries, tithe barns were constructed to store the produce.  The Tithe Barn is owned by the Crown Estate Commissioners.
Dunster Tythe Barn Tythe Barn 
Priory Green
TA24 6RY
Email at info@dunstertithebarn.co.uk

Stroll down the main street (watch out for the traffic!) past the church and the castle, and follow the signs to the watermill. This is a working mill (entrance fee) and next to it is a pretty little tearooms with garden by the mill stream.The West Country's finest working water mill, built in 1680, the mill is set in magnificent surroundings alongside the River Avill overlooking Exmoor National Park, only minutes from Dunster Castle and High Street.
Dunster watermill Mill Lane, Dunster,TA24 6SL
Apr-Oct. Mon-Thurs and Sat-Sun  10.30am-5pm.
01643 821759
Margery Fish created this garden at East Lambrook which has become one of the best known in England. Whilst fairly small it has a feeling of covering more ground than it does. The design is informal with hardly a straight line. Her garden has been restored by new owners and is full of rare plants. Very strong on herbaceous it also contains the best collection of hardy geraniums in the country. There is an excellent nursery selling many unusual plants at very reasonable prices..
East Lambrook Gardens Nr South Pemberton, Somerset
Tel :01460 240328
Fax : 01460 242344


"One of the Top Ten Gardens in England" Maginficent 12th Century house, 30 acres of gardens, plant centre, gift shop, tea room, pottery exhibition, forge. Gardens open daily throughout the year 10.00-4.30. House open 1.00pm to 4.30pm on Tues to Fri,Sun & Bank hols. 26th March to end October.The Roper Family welcome you to their unique house and 30 acres of world famous gardens at Forde Abbey tucked away in the Somerset countryside. Founded by Cistercian monks over 800 years ago it became one of the richest and learned monasteries in the country. The Garden was developed in the 1800s and you can explore the many different aspects from spring bulbs, herbaceous borders along the canal, an amazing bog garden, arboretum, lakes and working kitchen garden.

Forde Abbey & Gardens

Nr Chard
Signposted from A30 between Chard & Crewkerne and from the A358 between Chard & Axminster


Tel :01460 221290
Tour the historic watermill and then take tea in the designer water garden.  Riverside walk and garden sculptures.An ancient mill surrounded by a garden with colour-themed planting. Sculptures are exhibited around the garden.
Arch, Gants Mill Garden Bruton
Mid May-Sep, Thurs, Sun and Bank Hols 2pm-5pm.
01963 812393

Gardens contain a wide selection of roses, herbs, agapanthus and butterfly-attracting plants.
Gaulden Manor -- Somerset Tolland, Lydeard St. Lawrence,  nr Taunton
June-Aug,  Thurs and Sun 2-5pm.
01984 667213
A re-created Georgian town garden, designed after archaeological work by the Bath Archaeological Trust. The original garden was made in the 1760s. In 1985 it was decided to make better use of the garden and the positions of the flower beds, paths and the trellis were located by excavation by the Bath Archaeological Trust. The garden features the beautiful variegated leaves and double flowers that were particularly popular in the Georgian period and follows the original layout – typically simple and formal. And although the plants that grew in the garden were not recorded, species known to have been used in town gardens of the period have been planted. Staff from the Council’s Parks Department try to keep the garden as authentically 18th century as possible. They do not use pesticides and they use an authentic Georgian roller to go over the gravel.The garden is open from 9am until dusk. Entry is free to everyone and the garden can be accessed via Gravel Walk in Royal Victoria Park.

Georgian Garden Gravel Walk,


Greencombe is a post-war garden, having been started in 1946 by    Horace Stroud. It is a strip of 3.5 acres on the edge of ancient    woodland. The light comes from the north, with a sweep of sky down    to the Bristol Channel. To the south rise wooded slopes, that tumble   between high Exmoor and the sea.       The name comes from the combe  (or valley) behind, which is the    only one in this arc of hills with a sward of grass but no water. Since    September 1966 it has been in the care and custody of Joan Loraine    whose dedication to the garden has  produced what you see today.       Although most of these wonderful plants have been deliberately    planted in their present positions, the garden gives you the impression    that it occurred naturally and that the paths wander around the plants    that already existed, so natural is the layout. For at least the last 37    years Greencombe has been an organic garden using between 25    and 30 tons of home produced compost and leaf-mould each year.       The gardens contain four national plant collections: Erythronium    (small mountain lilies); Polystichum (the thumbs-up fern); Vaccinium    (Wortleberries world-wide) and Gaultheria (berries for bears).
 Somerset,  ,
 TA24 8NU

Tel : 01643 862363
Five acres of mixed colour themed borders, ponds and meadows within the framework of a Victorian walled garden in the grounds of a country estate.A twentieth century Arts and Crafts garden in and around an old walled garden on a hillside. The planting is good. It is by Penelope Hobhouse, author of Colour In Your Garden, followed by Nori and Sandra Pope, who have also written a book on planting design with colour. The most intensively cared-for part of the garden is within the old walled vegetable garden of Hadspen House. Since it is on a hillside, it looks less like a vegetable garden than other examples of this genre."
Hadspen Gardens Hadspen House, Castle Cary
Mar-Sept and Bank Hol Mon 10am-5pm.
01749 813707
                  Hill Country Park
Stoke sub Hamdon, Somerset
The garden of garden designers Isabel and Julian Bannnerman.
 Half way between Bath and Bristol, this unexpectedly rural mediaeval monastic enclave at the end of a tiny lane near the River Avon, has provided us with a remarkable opportunity to create, over fifteen years, a deeply romantic, scented garden. The 'Dell' is home to a stumpery such as the one we created at Highgrove for The Prince of Wales, with ferns, tree ferns, massed snowdrops, hellebores, dog tooth violets, violets and primroses, magnolias, wild rambling roses rampaging through trees, pools and stream. The formal garden is a fortified bastion with fountains, luscious borders of old roses and tree peonies, scented perennials and bulbs, lilies and daturas in pots, punctuated by buildings and doorways which lead out into the miniature parkland, orchard, wildflower meadows, and simple cutting and vegetable gardens.  Each month offers different delights; starting in April when under the magnificent Walnut tree, whose branches spread across a diameter of 94ft, ‘snakes head’ fritillaries stand in fragile thousands, to be followed by pheasant-eye narcissus and foaming cow parsley, and the house is draped in wisteria and yellow banksian roses.
Hanham Court Gardens, Somerset Hanham Court,
Ferry Lane,
Hanham Abbots,
Somerset,  BS15 3NT

Email info@hanhamcourt.co.uk


Hatch Court is an elegant Palladian mansion set in an exceptionally fine park. The house has a good collection of pictures and furniture, a china room and a military museum.  A herd of fallow deer graze in the park and there are magnificent trees and wonderful views.The beautiful gardens at Hatch Court have been extensively restored the present owners.   The highlight is a huge working walled kitchen garden.  Before 1984 this productive garden was a complete wilderness but since then it has been brilliantly restored by Robin and Janie Odgers.
Hatch Court From Taunton go south-east on A358 for 5 miles.  Turn left for Hatch Beauchamp and left at village crossroads for garden.
This Georgian town house was the home of William Herschel (1738-1822), the astronomer who discovered Uranus in 1781. This is a re-creation of the garden as it might have been in his time
Herschel Museum of Astronomy Garden 19 New King Street, Bath,
Somerset,   BA1 2BL

Tel: +44 (0)1225 446 865
Fax: +44 (0) 1225 446 865


50 acres of beautiful formal gardens and parkland boasting 3 centuries of garden history set the stage for Hestercombe Gardens.
The formal Edwardian Gardens, featuring terraces, pool and an Orangery were designed by Sir Edward Lutyens and planted by Gertrude Jekyll. These gardens were reunited in 1997 with Hestercombe's secret landscape garden for the first time in 125 years. The idyllic 40 acre Georgian pleasure grounds have been lovingly and meticulously restored and provide delightful woodland walks, lakeside views, classical temples and the Great Cascade.

Hestercombe Gardens

 Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG
four miles from Taunton


Tel: 01823 413923
Fax : 01823 413747
Bed & Breakfast. Home produce breakfast, fantastic gardens and incredible views. Graham and Janet Lamacraft welcome you to their charming Victorian house in the unique medieval village of Dunster. Higher Orchard was built in 1864 on ground which was once orchard land belonging to the Benedictine Priory (founded around 1090) and is one of the very few Dunster properties with open views and off road parking.
Higher Orchard 30 St Georges Street
TA24 6RS
01643 821 915
Lady Farm garden has really been making a name for itself over recent years. It is a favourite with garden photographers and has all year interest. The 'prairie' and 'steppe' style plantings are a real highlight not to be missed but there is much more.  A shady hosta walk, with birch and hydrangeas, leads to a lake which has been created from a stream. This is surrounded by natural planting which blend into a wildflower meadow. A stream tumbles into a deep ravine before resuming to its natural course.
Whilst there is much to see the garden is designed to be low maintenance.
Lady Farm  Chelwood, Somerset
BS39 4NN

 Tel+44 (0)1761 490770
An enchanting and original garden set in front of an 18th century hamstone farmhouse. Lower Severalls has an informal air with profuse herbaceous borders around the house and innovative features including a living dogwood basket, a wadi and scented garden. Nursery specialises in herbs, herbaceous perenials and conservatory plants.
Lower Severalls, Crewkerne
TA18 7NX

 Tel 01460 73234
The original nineteenth century gardens were created for the workers of Kilver Court. The gardens were restored in the 1960s and opened to the public for the first time in 2008. There is a parterre, millpond and boating lake.  Kilver Court Gardens was first created by Ernest Jardine, MP of East Somerset, in 1880 and established what was known as ‘Jardine’s Park’, using the mill ponds as a boating lake and the surrounding gardens for the workers recreation. Fruit and vegetables were also grown to provide mid-day meals for the workers- a vegetable garden has newly been reinstated!

Parterre and Viaduct Kilver Street,
Shepton Mallet,
Somerset,   BA4 5NF
Tel: 01749 340417
Acquired by the National Trust in 1949, this manor house and grounds is located in the depths of rural Somerset. The Tudor great hall and 14th Century chapel are two of the most popular attractions here. The house was once the home of medieval herbalist Henry Lyte and this former owner planted many of the plants still growing in the grounds. There are plenty of estate walks to enjoy the rich architectural and cultural history.A medieval/Tudor manor house once owned by a sixteenth century herbalist. The entrance forecourt has a central path flanked by yew topiary. A gate leads to a long mixed border designed by Graham Stuart Thomas. There are yew alleys and other compartments. Christopher Hussey described the garden as 'a necklace of garden rooms strung on green corridors'. Sir Henry Lyte, author of the Niewe Herball (1578), lived here.
Lytes Cary Manor Charlton Mackrell, Somerton,
Somerset TA11 7HU
 Tel :01935 843600
Mature listed grade II garden with views of Wells Cathedral and Vale of Avalon.  Mixed borders of roses, fine trees. Separate seven-acre arboretum. An eighteenth century house with an eighteenth century arboretum and a twentieth century Arts and Crafts garden. The terraced garden was made in 1906, by Parsons and Partridge, and re-planted in the 1960s. Milton Lodge Gardens have good planting and fine views over Wells and its cathedral. The swimming pool was built in 1967 and contributes to the garden design. The soil is highly alkaline.

Old Bristol Road, Wells
Easter-end Oct.
Tues, Weds, Sun, 2pm-5pm

01749 672168
his outstanding Elizabethan house was built for Sir Edward Phelips, who was Speaker of the House of Commons. It retains many Elizabethan features, including decorative panelling and plasterwork, heraldic glass and a magnificent long gallery. It is now owned by the National Trust and used as an outpost by the National Portrait Gallery. The gardens were laid out at the same time as the house and feature two charming Elizabethan pavilions, a Victorian orangery and a restaurant in the stables.
Montacute House Montacute, Nr Yeovil, Somerset TA15 6X
Tel :01935 823289
This beautiful and ancient piece of architecture stands in the heart of the Somerset countryside and provides a fascinating visitor attraction. The ruins of the Tudor abbey are clearly defined and there is a series of interesting exhibitions that have been put in place by English Heritage who maintain the property. Here you can learn more about the past of the building and those who used it.
Muchelny Abbey nr Langport
Apr-Oct.  Mon-Tues 10am-6pm (to end of Sept);  Wed-Sun 10am-5pm (to end of Oct).
01458 250664
Small but very complete 14th century castle consisting of a compact tower with large round towers at the angles, surrounded by a deep moat, in distinctly French styling.
                    Castle Nunney, Frome
Daily during sunlight hours
01373 467271
Parade Gardens is one of the best examples of a Victorian Public Garden, in a very beautiful and very well-run city. The Gardens are beside the River  Avon, overlooking Pulteney Bridge and Pulteney  Weir. There is a  bandstand and the floral bedding displays are some of the best in Britain.
Parade Gardens Bath Bath, Somerset

One of only four Palladian bridges of this design in the world can be crossed at Prior Park, which was created in the 18th century by local entrepreneur Ralph Allen, with advice from 'Capability' Brown and the poet Alexander Pope. The garden is set in a sweeping valley where visitors can enjoy magnificent views of Bath. Restoration of the 'Wilderness' has reinstated the Serpentine Lake, Cascade and Cabinet.
Prior Park Landscape Garden Ralph Allen Drive, Bath,
Somerset,  BA2 5AH


Tel : 01225 833422
A re-creation of a seventeenth century town garden. The trellis work at the Red Lodge Garden was based on a seventeenth-century design. 

The Red Lodge Garden Park Row,
 BS1 5LJ

Tel : 0117 9211360

At the heart of Somerset, lies a beautiful area called the "Levels and Moors", which has international status as one of the most important wetlands of its type in the world
Levels and Moors Office, Moorlynch Vineyard, Moorlynch, Bridgwater, TA7 9DD
01458 210790


14/15th century farm buildings, formerly a priests' residence. Great Hall open every day during the summer.


Stoke Sub Hamden Priory
North Street,
 Stoke-sub-Hamdon TA14 6QP
Tel: 01935 823289
A seventeenth century house with a Arts and Crafts garden. The Eagle Court is thought to have been made in the eighteenth century but the other garden compartments were made in the first two decades of the twentieth century. It has a distinct 'Golden Afternoon' flavour. Captain and Mrs Reiss bought the house in 1933 and added the Pool Garden as a memorial to a nephew who was shot down over a Malta convoy during the Second World War. Penelope Hobhouse, author of Colour in Your Garden (1984) worked here from 1980 to 1993 and the garden is described by her in Penelope Hobhouse on Gardening (1994). The standard of the planting design is not now as good as in the photographs in her book.
Farm Street, Tintinhull
, Somerset,   BA22 8PZ

Tel : 01935 823289
Twenty-two acres of landscaped gardens and ponds, including wild and cultivated plants, visiting waterfowl, seven-acre lake.
Town Tree Nature Garden Town Tree Lane, Martock
10am until one and a half hours before sunset.
01935 823203
A Victorian Gothic-Revival house and garden . There is a working kitchen garden. Tyntesfield is a recent National Trust acquisition (2002) and restoration and conservation work is still ongoing.

Kitchen Garden, Tyntesfield Garden Wraxall,
BS48 1NT

Tel : 0844 800 4966
In 2006, the University of Bristol Botanic Garden was moved from the previous site at Bracken Hill to The Holmes. The garden will focus on four themed plant collections: Plant Evolution, Plants of Mediterranean Climate Regions, Useful Plants, Local Flora and Rare Native Plants.
University of Bristol Botanic Garden The Holmes,
Stoke Park Road,
Stoke Bishop,
 Somerset, BS9

Tel : 0117 331 4906.
The garden at Wayford Manor was designed by Harold Peto in 1902 and surrounds a manor house. There are terraces, pools and topiary, partly on the site of an Elizabethan garden. It is a good example of the Arts and Crafts style with a transition from a terrace in front of the house to an 'informal' wild garden.  The manor is well maintained and well planted.  A rock garden was added in the 1930s and there are several pools with lush planting in the lower part of the garden.
Wayford Manor Garden Crewkerne,
 TA18 8QG

Wimbleball lies just within Exmoor National Park.  Its 374 acres of water and 500 acres of surrounding woodland and meadow offer recreation for all.
Wimbleball Lake Brompton Regis, nr Dulverton
All year round.
01938 371372

This diverse 88 acre Country Park is located on the south and eastern edges of Yeovil. The park includes the areas known as Ninesprings, Penn Hill Park, Summerhouse Hill and Riverside Walk. There are rivers, a lake, open grassland, woodland and a children's play area.

Yeovil Country Park
Yeovil Country Park, Park at Goldenstones Leisure Centre, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1QZ
tel: 01935 462932
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Albury Park Mansion
A Victorian house, designed by AW Pugin, with a Victorian garden: lawns, gravel paths, rose garden and woodland garden. Pugin designed much of the decoration in the Houses of Parliament and helped to revive the Gothic style. To garden historians, Albury is famous for a garden, which survives but is not open to the public, designed by John Evelyn in the 1660s.Opening times - May to September, Wednesday and Thursday, Open 2pm to 5pm
Albury Park Mansion Albury, Guildford, Surrey, England, GU5 9BB
5m SE of Guildford.  From A25 take A248 towards Albury for ¼m, then up New Rd, entrance to Albury Park immed on L


Ashburton Park
Asburton Park is a large park and grassland area on the edge of Croydon in the southern most reaches of south London. The area has for generations been one of the most popular places for locals and visitors to visit to enjoy organised sports and to escape the busy surrounding streets. The park is surrounded by mature trees and is well maintained by the local authority who guard their public land jealously.
Ashburton Park Portland Road,
Croydon, London SE27

Auriol Park
Auriol Park is a great public facility located in a residential area of Ewell in the district of Epsom in Surrey. The park has historically and continues to be a place of meeting for the people of the area as well as being a place used for walking, running, sports and general recreation. During the summer months the park is extremely well used.
Auriol Park Salisbury Road, Ewell,
Epsom, Surrey KT7

Beddington Park
Originally part of the deer park at Carew Manor at its peak in Tudor times the park was vast and took up a large area around Mitcham and Merton. During the nineteenth century the importance of the local landowners waned and the park fell into public hands and was gifted to the people of the borough as a place to relax away from the dirty streets. The area has been the site of many important archaeological discoveries. The park is full of cultured gardens, lakes and canals and also has facilities for people to play sports but is primarily a place of peace and tranquillity for locals and tourists to sit back and watch the world go by.
                    Park Croydon Road, Carshalton,
Surrey SM6 7LF
Phone: +44 (0)20 8770 5000
 Busbridge Lakes Ornamental Waterfowl and Gardens  
Busbridge Lakes is a grade 2 Heritage garden renowned for its follies, grottos and magnificent specimen trees. The parkland of 16 hectares with 3 lakes, nature trails and wooded hillside with much flora and fauna is the back ground for one of the largest collections of wild waterfowl in the country. There are over a 130 species of swans, geese and ducks, many endangered, as well as rare pheasants, cranes and other exotic birds.  To share in the wonders of Busbridge Lakes why not visit us on one of our open days or for schools, clubs or private parties call us to arrange a special booking.Birds are for sale through out the year by appointment.
                  Lakes Hambledon Road
Tel: +44 (0) 1483 421955
Fax: +44 (0) 1483 421955
Byfleet Park
Byfleet Park and Recreation Ground is a large publicly owned and managed facility close to the centre of the Surrey town. It has for many generations provided a place of rest and relaxation for the people of the borough and the many smaller communities that surround it. In the summer months the facility is popular with picnickers and walkers and throughout the year seasonal sports are played on the large pitches that cover the area
                    Park Rectory Lane, Byfleet,
Surrey KT14 7LW

Chaldon Way Gardens
Ornamental Gardens with a shelter Located in Coulsdon, the Garden is at the junction of Marlpit Lane and Chaldon WayChaldon Way Gardens is a small ornamental garden adjacent to Coulsdon Memorial Ground.The area was given to the Urban District Council by the developer, Fairdean Heights Ltd, who built the surrounding houses during the 1930s.  It was also agreed that the Company will allow the Council, at its own cost, to collect and use free of charge for the purposes of the original layout of the land as a public open garden, such earth, turf, sub-soil, flowers and shrubs as can be removed from the Company's Fairdean Heights Estate.This generous offer resulted in an excellent ornamental garden being constructed with lawns, shrub beds and annual bedding displays and a small shelter at one end of the garden.
chaldon way gardens Coulsdon, the Garden is at the junction of Marlpit Lane and Chaldon Way.
Tel : 020 8726 6900
Cherkley Court &  Gardens
Cherkley Court & Gardens - This historic house, set in 400 acres of park and woodlands with breathtaking views over the Mole Valley, is the former home of the press baron and cabinet minister, the 1st Lord Beaverbrook. 16 acres of terraced formal gardens have been redesigned by Simon Johnson who specialises in country house work. A recent project included working on an English Heritage garden at Walmer Castle in Kent for the late Queen Mother. As well as grand terraces & borders, garden pavilions, a stone grotto and a stunning Italianate garden there are wild flower meadows, Mediterranean planting, a walnut grove and working glasshouses.  
 Reigate Road, Leatherhead, Surrey,
KT22 8QX

 Tel: 01372 380980
Chilworth Manor House and Gardens
A fascinating history is just one of the attractions of this fabulous manor which, although located in Surrey, just 35 miles from London, feels like it is situated in the most tranquil spot in the world .Once belonging to Sarah., Duchess of Marlborough Extensive grounds of lawns and mature trees around C17/C18 manor on C11 monastic site. Substantial C18 terraced walled garden laid out by Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, with herbaceous borders, topiary and fruit trees. Original stewponds integrated with new Japanese-themed garden and woodland garden and walk. Paddock home to alpacas. Ongoing restoration project aims to create a contemporary and practical garden sensitive to its historic context
Chilworth Manor Chilworth
 3½m SE of Guildford.  From centre of Chilworth village turn into Blacksmith Lane. 1st drive on R on Halfpenny Lane

Tel: +44 (0) 1483 561414
Churchfields Park
 is the most centrally located Public Park or garden in Weybridge. The facility is just a few yards away from the town centre and the magnificent parish church. The area has for generations been one of the principle places of rest and relaxation for the people of the borough, looking for some peace and solitude away from the busy streets of the Surrey town.
Churchfields Park Churchfields, Weybridge,
Surrey KT13

The Church Gardens
are situated close to the centre of the oldest part of Croydon and form one of the primary places of rest and relaxation for the people of the south London suburb. Surrounded by a protective layer of mature trees and dotted with beautiful flower beds the gardens truly are an oasis of calm in the busy area.
Church Gardens Church Street, Croydon,
 London CR0 1RN

Clandon Park Garden
Clandon Park is a grand Palladian mansion, built in about 1730 by the Venetian architect Giacomo Leoni, and notable for its magnificent two-storied Marble Hall. The house is filled with the superb collection of 18th century furniture, porcelain, textiles and carpets acquired in the 1920s by the connoisseur Mrs. David Gubbay, and also contains the Ivo Forde Meissen collection of Italian comedy figures and a series of Mortlake tapestries.  Clandon Park was designed by Lancelot Brown, in 1781, on the site of an earlier garden.   A garden was added in the late nineteenth century, with a parterre, grotto, sunken Dutch garden and a Maori meeting house. One of only four outside New Zealand, it was brought back in 1892 by the 4th Earl of Onslow, who was Governor there. The park has fine entrance gates and a lake but is not open to the public.
                  Park West Clandon, Guildford,
 Surrey GU4 7RQ
3 miles east of Guildford. Clandon Park is in West Clandon and Hatchlands is east of East Clandon.
Tel: +44 (0)1483 222482  -  Fax: +44 (0)1483 223479
 Claremont Landscape Garden
One of the first and finest gardens of the English Landscape style. Claremont’s creation and development involved some of the great names in garden history, including Sir John Vanbrugh, Charles Bridgeman, William Kent and ‘Capability’ Brown. The first gardens were begun c.1715 and later the delights of Claremont were famed throughout Europe. Since 1975 the Trust has been restoring this layout. The many features include a lake, island with pavilion, grotto, turf amphitheatre, viewpoints and vistas.Opening times - All year. Daily except Monday. April to October: also open Mondays. Open 10am to 6pm (5pm or dusk Nov to March). Also some late opening until 9pm on Saturdays in June.

Claremont Landscape Garden Portsmouth Road
KT10 9JG
South of Esher, on the east of the A307.
Tel: +44 (0) 1372 467806
Fax: +44 (0) 1372 464394
Coverwood Lakes & Gardens
Coverwood Lakes has been owned by the Metson family since 1952.  There is a bog garden and arboretum surrounding 4 lakes.  Beautifully landscaped garden set in 14 acres with specimen Rhododendrons up to 30 ft tall. Azaleas and Camellias, together with a wide variety of trees and flowering shrubs surrounding four lakes. Natural springs in the bog garden form streams to feed the lake. Along the edges of the streams, the dampness provides ideal conditions for Lysichitum, both white and yellow, and Gunnera Manicata to thrive. Bordering the paths are a great variety of Hosta, Trillium, and Lilies of the Valley.  The gardens were originally laid out in 1909 by Mr Stephen's of Stephen's Ink.  Specimen rhododendron and azaleas, blue cedar, douglas fir, wellingtonia, sorrel tree, swamp cypress. Opening times - Under the National Garden Scheme in Spring and Autumn. OPEN DAYS 2009 Monday APRIL 13th Sundays APRIL 19th, 26th & MAY 3rd, 10th, 24th (2-6 pm) Sunday OCTOBER 18th (11-4.30 pm)

Coverwood Lakes & Gardens Peaslake Road,
Ewhurst, Surrey, 
 GU6 7NT
7m SW of Dorking.  From A25 follow signs for Peaslake; garden ½m beyond Peaslake on Ewhurst rd