East Lambrock Gardens
East Lambrook Manor Gardens
East Lambrook Manor Gardens is the iconic and quintessentially English cottage garden created by the celebrated 20th-century plantswoman and gardening writer Margery Fish. It was here that she developed her own style of gardening, combining old-fashioned and contemporary plants in a relaxed and informal manner to create a garden of immense beauty. Charming pathways wind through the garden, guiding visitors past the abundant borders and the noteworthy collections of Hellebores, Hardy Geraniums and Snowdrops. You will also find a superb specialist hardy plant nursery - it’s the perfect opportunity to find a real head-turner for your own plot. East Lambrook has been recognised by English Heritage and awarded its Grade 1 status. It remains one of Britain’s most celebrated cottage gardens and provides plenty of inspiration for this style of planting.
Scottish Snowdrop Festival
A meandering and richly planted open garden on the east coast of Scotland. Cambo Estate offers amazing variety, from the alliums, lilacs and roses in its walled garden to one of the UK’s most impressive collections of snowdrops. One of the most interesting features of the Georgian walled garden is the burn – a gently flowing stream - that runs through it down to the sea. Start with a view of the whole garden by the twisted weeping willow, then wander past herbaceous borders packed with late-season naturalistic and prairie-style plants. In the winter, don’t miss the surrounding woodland, home to birch trees and 350 types of snowdrop. Children will love playing in the Lost Elf Village or spying on each other through the spider hole. And those in need of a good cuppa can drop into the café. There are exciting plans for a contemporary cutting garden, though you can also buy plants in the stables. Go on a tour of the gardens with Lady Catherine Erksine, who has lived at Cambo House since 1976. Learn about its history as well as its quirkier features, and which parts of the garden really come to life at different points in the year.
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
A tranquil haven amid Skye’s wild, rugged landscape. Step into the elegant castle gardens at Dunvegan and discover five acres of immaculate grounds and a romantic castle, like no other. Amble over ornate bridges in the Water Garden, where tranquil ponds are surrounded by a huge variety of colourful flowers and herbaceous plants. See the impressive Japanese Holly centrepiece in the more formal Round Garden, before wandering around the Walled Garden, with its 17th-century sundial and ‘Dunvegan Pebble’ sculpture. Then get a glimpse of the castle and Dunvegan Loch on the shady Woodland Walk. Around 30,000 of the estate’s half-hardy plants are grown from cuttings – find out more about them in the Garden Museum before a snack in the Macleod Tables Café. Or explore Dunvegan Castle itself, home to the Clan Macleod for over 800 years.
Fyvie Castle Garden & Estate
Fyvie Castle houses an 18th century walled garden which contains a collection of Scottish fruit and vegetables. There is also a loch, American garden, woodland garden and landscaped grounds.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
The Botanics captures the imagination of everyone who visits and is world renowned for its horticultural excellence. Over 70 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds provide a tranquil haven just one mile from the city centre.
Scone Palace is open for daily visits from April - October and for corporate events, weddings etc. Private tours around the grounds and gardens are conducted by head gardener, Brian Cunningham.
The Garden at Miserden
Nestled in the lush Cotswold Hills is Miserden, a garden which has managed to retain much of its 17th-century charm even as the world has evolved around it. Mature yew hedges provide a velvety green backdrop to borders which zing with colour from spring to autumn thanks to an inspired mix of shrubs and herbaceous plants. If it’s original features you’re after, Miserden has them in spades. From the magnificent Mulberry tree that dates back to 1620 to the rustic stone summerhouse and light-filled cafe housed in a striking converted glasshouse. The rose-draped pergola adds a heady splash of romance to proceedings. This garden also scores points with eco-friendly gardeners for its commitment to greening the estate as evident in the hedgerows and untamed field margins where birds and dormice happily flit about.
Adlington Hall & Gardens
At this sprawling 700-year old country estate in rural Cheshire, it’s not just the furniture that’s original. At its heart, you’ll find two grand old oak trees that date back to when Adlington Hall & Gardens was a humble forest lodge – making this one a real crowd-pleaser for green-fingered history buffs. In Spring, visitors are greeted with a lush carpet of bluebells, while the summer months simmer with the heady scent of the rose-festooned garden complete with elegant pillars of rambling roses. At Adlington Hall and Gardens there’s something to please all ages, from the 17th century Lime Avenue and the intricate shell adorned cottage to the Yew Maze, complete with a unicorn at its centre. Once you’ve explored the beautiful grounds, make a beeline for the oak-panelled tea rooms, where you can tour this striking house before filling up on homemade scones.
Chelsea Physic Garden
Chelsea Physic Garden
An extraordinary space at the heart of the capital. 17th Century apothecaries established Chelsea Physic Garden, and their work is continued today in its living collection of around 5,000 plants that have changed the world. Tucked away beside the Thames in one of London’s smartest boroughs, the Chelsea Physic Garden is a retreat from the buzz of the city. Within its sheltered walls, rare and unusual plants flourish: walkthrough shaded avenues and admire the gardens of edible, herbal and medicinal plants, colourful floral displays from the Atlantic islands and woodland and wilderness areas. Don’t miss the historical collections in the 100-year-old glasshouses. The Physic Garden Café serves up breakfast and lunch using British produce that you can enjoy while admiring the gardens. The garden shop is a real treat for horticultural goodies and gifts. And a whole host of events runs all year, from workshops to family activities.