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Gift a Garden Membership

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Published on December 21st 2021
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Gardens offer unique experiences all year round. Gift someone the pleasure of enjoying their favourite garden 365 days a year.

How does it work?

  1. Search for your favourite garden and select Buy Tickets. Then, select Memberships.
  2. Check the box that says "Give this membership as a Gift".
  3. Set the delivery date and add the details of your recipient along with a personalised message.
  4. Your lucky recipient will have 90 days to activate their membership on any smart device.

Gift your favourite spot

Flowers in potager at Archerfield Walled Garden

Archerfield Walled Garden

What was once a Georgian kitchen garden with the sole purpose of serving Archerfield House has been completely transformed. Today, it is a Walled Garden and a haven for wildlife featuring fragrant florals, fresh produce and unique nature trails. Owned by the Douglas-Hamilton family since the late ‘60s, the one-acre site, in East Lothian, is split into several areas. Enjoy an eye-catching display of flowers in the perennial meadow, take in the delightful aroma from the Rose Garden and listen out for different creatures in the wildlife area. You can also feast your eyes on colourful fruit and vegetables in the potager and tunnel beds which you can then enjoy in the form of a tasty lunch in the Garden Cafe. The inviting grassy area by the pond offers the chance to relax while the play area keeps the kids entertained. Following the magical Fairy Trail with the family, through Archerfield Wood, as you look for sculptures and willow structures is a must.

A waterfall in a forest

Ardkinglas Woodland Garden

Situated on the shores of Loch Fyne in Argyll, against a spectacular background of mountain and forest, Ardkinglas Woodland Garden spans about 25 acres. The Woodland Garden is open all the year round with an outstanding collection of plants and trees, including the "Mightiest Conifer in Europe", Champion Trees, and renowned collection of Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Visit the garden in May and June when in full flower. Visitors will also enjoy dramatic views over Loch Fyne, the Old Mill on banks of River Fyne which runs through the gardens, Scriptorium and many other unique features. The garden is built on several levels with various terrains to suit a variety of abilities and preferences. It is also home to a Gruffalo and Fairy Trail for our younger visitors to enjoy. The Ardkinglas house is also an architectural gem and provides a very special setting for weddings, family parties and other events. For holidaymakers there is a self-catering apartment within the ground floor.

Pathway down from the house

Attadale Gardens

Fans of ferns are in for a treat at Attadale Gardens, which is home to one of the largest fern collections in Scotland. The fern-filled geodesic dome and atmospheric sunken garden are a joy to discover. But these unfurling fronds aren’t the only thing exciting green-fingered visitors. On arrival, visitors can marvel at the lily pad-covered water gardens before taking a stroll along the old rhododendron walk. Those with kids in tow will have a blast seeking out the animal sculptures hidden among the foliage while those looking to slow the pace can unwind in the Japanese-inspired raked gravel gardens. But what really makes Attadale Gardens special is its location in Wester Ross, Scotland. Head up to the viewpoint where you can see this mosaic of gardens set against the beautiful backdrop of neighbouring Skye. As well as the charming gardens, there’s an onsite tearoom providing homemade snacks, sweet treats and hot drinks in exchange for a donation, which you can leave in the honesty box.

Backhouse Rossie Estate

Fife’s Backhouse Rossie Estate is an RHS partner garden and for good reason. Just seeing the national collection of delicate daffodils housed here, (known as the Narcissus Backhouse cultivars) is worth a visit alone, but visitors are also dazzled by the magnificent scented rose archway, said to be the longest in Scotland. A garden for all the seasons, the summer months see herbaceous borders and colourful perennials vying for attention while the towering Champion Trees and woodland walk offer up an enticing pallet of autumnal colours. Within the carefully restored walled garden, you’ll also find a medieval-style grass labyrinth decorated with alliums, the serene waters of a formal pond and lovingly renovated orchards. The estate is also packed with a host of small surprises, from a lovely Fern Walk and shade border to a children’s Bear Walk to keep the little ones happy. For those looking for activities beyond the garden, there is a 9-hole putting golf course for families. The Garden Café serves up delicious home-cooked food grown on-site, which goes perfectly with the estate’s freshly-pressed apple juice. If you're looking for a floral momento, just swing by the Backhouse Shop, which sells fresh flowers from the gardens and more.

Cae Hir Garden

Cae Hir Gardens

A Welsh Garden with a Dutch History. We are a family garden, an RHS Partner Garden and one of the founding members of the Great Gardens of West Wales. We are also proud to have been awarded a 2017 Certificate of Excellence on Trip Advisor.

Flowers in a field at Cambo gardens

Cambo Gardens

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.

A group of bushes in a garden at Glenwhan Gardens

Glenwhan Gardens & Arboretum

Glenwhan Gardens & Arboretum has been described as one of the most beautiful newly made gardens in Scotland – and they weren’t lying. As well as clusters of rare trees and shrubs, more than 120 species of wildflowers, grasses and ferns have been coaxed from the rugged Scottish moorland. The result is a blaze of colour set against a dreamy backdrop of sea and sky. You could spend hours gazing out at those sparkling sea views across the Isle of Man, Luce Bay and the Mull of Galloway, but then you’d miss out on feeling the dappled light warm your skin as it bursts through the tree trail’s canopy. Foliage-filled borders interspersed with sculptures, calming lakes and the 17-acre Moorland Walk are equally brilliant additions that manage to blend harmoniously into the surrounding landscape. Glenwhan Gardens & Arboretum isn’t just a hit with the people who merrily whisk away plants from the nursery and tuck into a locally sourced menu before bidding the garden adieu. It’s also become a vital habitat for the endangered red squirrel and many birds of prey. Perhaps nature moving in is the best accolade a garden can hope for.

A close up of a flower garden

Gordon Castle Walled Garden

Got a thing for walled gardens? Nestled between the glistening River Spey and the rugged Moray Coast, Gordon Castle Walled Garden is one of the oldest, largest and arguably one of the loveliest kitchen gardens in Britain. Thanks to a sensitive restoration back in 2012, this vast space bustles with the sight of gardeners digging, sowing and harvesting – much like they did in 1803 when the garden’s present form was created. Not that you’d ever be able to tell the place had fallen into disrepair from the abundance of carefully trained produce and flourishing borders. Everything grown here is put to good use, whether it’s essential oils from the herb garden, cafe veggies from the supersized allotment or the fragrant cut flowers that decorate the cafe, holiday cottages and castle. The seamless transition from 19th-century private kitchen garden to the gem of an attraction it is today is down to renowned designers Arne Maynard and Craig Hamilton and head plantsmith Ed Bollom. The great thing about the grid-like layout – aside from being pleasing on the eye – is that it’s easy to loop around and make sure you haven’t missed anything. Very important when there’s this much horticultural flair on display.

Greencombe Gardens View of the sea

Greencombe Gardens

Nestled on a sheltered hillside overlooking rolling fields and the sparkling waters of Porlock Bay, Greencombe is a little known Somerset gem, close to the quaint harbour village of Porlock Weir. Don’t be fooled by its size, this pioneering organic garden packs in four national plant collections; (Erythroniums, Polystichum ferns, Vaccinium and Gaultheria) and one magnificent champion tree (the English Holly). With such gorgeous vistas and equally esteemed planting, Greencombe gardens is one of the loveliest things to do in Porlock. Expect mossy pathways snaking past overflowing borders which wind their way through a canopy of Oak, Conifer and Sweet Chestnuts. The late owner Joan Loraine really did break new ground when she took on this plot in 1966. Not only eschewing weed killers and chemical fertilisers but overseeing the production of 25 to 30 tonnes of home produced compost and leaf-mould each year! While we don’t envy that job, we do envy this delightful garden, which has become a haven for people and wildlife alike.

A close up of a flower

Helmsley Walled Garden

Dating back to 1759, Helmsley Walled Garden lies within the North York Moors next to Helmsley Castle. It was the Kitchen Garden for Duncombe Park, until World War 1. Many garden staff were killed in the fighting and the world had changed forever for those who came back. The Duncombe family moved away from the estate and the garden became a commercial market garden until the early 1980s. Restoration began in 1994: Alison Ticehurst, a practice nurse in nearby Ampleforth, aimed to create a beautiful garden for visitors to enjoy alongside providing a therapeutic space for disadvantaged people. Today volunteers who need support are ‘buddied up’ with a trained volunteer who works with them and helps them to gain confidence and develop their skills. The garden continues to develop and mature; new additions include an Iris border, a Peony Garden and a complete overhaul of the Garden of Nature, showcasing British native plants. The Clematis Garden is flourishing and The Physic Garden is full of the medicinal herbs used by medieval monks to provide remedies for the poor and needy. The Kitchen Garden provides produce for The Vine House Café and staff work with chef Mollie Chapman to grow to order. Our staff and volunteers are always happy to chat to visitors about what we are doing and the work of the garden in general. So come and enjoy a day at Helmsley Walled Garden and stroll through beautiful displays of flowers, fruit and vegetables. Enjoy the Clematis Garden or take time out to sit in the Orchard or the Garden of Contemplation. Relax over lunch at The Vine House Café beneath Victorian vines, or browse for gifts and plants in our Garden Shop and Plant Centre. The garden, shop and café are fully accessible and dogs are welcome on leads.

Kirklands

Two acre garden, walled garden, woodland garden, bog garden and borders. 20 acres of woodland

Logie House Gardens

Logie Estate is in the beautiful Findhorn Valley near the town of Forres. Like many estates, Logie Estate is a multi-faceted business involving farming, forestry, housing, commercial premises, tourism and recreation. Logie Estate offers opportunities for salmon fishing on the River Findhorn or enjoy a walk by the river or a stroll through Logie House Gardens.

A large tree in a park

Mount Pleasant Gardens

Tiered gardens with views over the Cheshire Plain, Mount Pleasant Gardens offers meandering pathways, thousands of plant varieties and an idyllic summer sculpture trail. Originally created from scrubland by Dave and Louise Darlington, Mount Pleasant has blossomed into a serene space to while away a few hours. Wander through the wildflower meadow to the sculpture park, where work by talented British artists can be admired among hardwood trees and tropical palms. The Japanese garden features acers and azaleas, and ponds that feed the Bog garden via underground pipes where lush tree ferns thrive. After exploring the grounds, refuel with tea and cake at the small garden café, and browse the many plants for sale. Stone-carving and needle-felting workshops take place regularly if you want to turn your green fingers to other skills. The garden is only a short walk through peaceful forest tracks from Delamere Station – and just 15 minutes from the centre of Chester – making it an easy day out.

Restoration house and gardens

Restoration House

The walled gardens at Restoration House enclose a stunning parterre, topiary and other formal features, along with herbaceous borders, greenhouses, and a cutting garden. There is an early 17th-century Italian garden, with wide terraces on three levels, statues, ponds, and brickwork that is now nearing completion.

Sculpture by the Lakes

Sculpture by the Lakes

A place to reflect. Hidden away in countryside close to Dorchester lies the peace and serenity of Sculpture by the Lakes, 26 acres of botanical gardens dotted with inspiring contemporary sculptures. Wander the grounds and discover more than 30 permanent pieces by acclaimed sculptor Simon Gudgeon, designed to be viewed outside in the changing light. Follow trails that lead through woodland and among formal borders. Then visit the three galleries in the park to view ever-changing displays by international and local artists. Created to instil a sense of wellbeing, these are gardens designed to be savoured. Bring a picnic and find your favourite spot by the water. Or enjoy the ‘field to plate’ ethos of the Gallery Café, with produce grown just a few feet away in the kitchen garden. Workshops and events throughout the year are closely linked to the local arts; the Dorset Arts Festival in July celebrates the artists and crafters of the area. U14s and Babies Policy Unfortunately, Sculpture by the Lakes is *not* permitted to allow access for children under 14, including babies. There is a lot of deep water and a fast flowing river, so the danger of accidents is too great a risk. We regret the inconvenience and hope that parents will understand that this mandatory restriction is in place to protect their children. Seasonal Opening Hours: 1st Apr - 30th Sept Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm 1st Oct - 31st Mar Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Teasses Estate

With its acres of fertile organic pasture and espousal of popular rural activities such as clay pigeon shooting, you might be wondering what Teasses Garden has to offer garden-enthusiasts. But thanks to some stunning restoration work, the answer is a lot. This once dilapidated plot has undergone quite the transformation since the mid-1990s when the estate was bought by Sir Fraser and Lady Morrison. And their hard work has clearly paid off. Away from the highland cattle, you’ll find billowing drifts of perennials, a fragrant English Rose garden punctuated with spicy carnations and a pond bejewelled with water lilies and fringed by the elegant Iris Sibirica and other marginal plants. Another horticultural highlight is the walled garden, where a canopy of apple, plum, and pear trees leads to glasshouses bursting with peaches, figs, and grapes. The gardens are open by appointment only but the estate also hosts garden events throughout the year, including the Scottish Snowdrop Festival, plant identification workshops and more.

Sculpture by the cottage

The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

Heralded as the first of it's kind in the UK, The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden has been proudly exhibiting contemporary sculpture in a unique and magical environment for over 30 years.

The Newt in Somerset at dawn from above

The Newt in Somerset

Woods, orchards, and cultivated gardens are nurtured using age-old skills at The Newt in Somerset. Close to artistic Bruton, this large working estate immerses visitors in the tranquillity of nature. The world-class gardens at The Newt cleverly evoke different historic eras. Explore the Cottage Garden for a glimpse of Gertrude Jekyll’s famous landscaping style, and see the flowers that scented 19th century gardens in the Victorian area. The Cascade is a contemporary twist on traditional water features, and the Colour Gardens feature hellebores, astrantias and anemones inspired by garden designer Penelope Hobhouse. Her family home was The Newt’s Georgian manor Hadspen House – now a luxurious hotel. Once you’ve taken in the gardens and explored the woodland walkways, you can refuel at The Garden Café. Or, at the Cyder Press, sample the cider made from the estate’s 3,000 apple trees, perhaps enjoying a guided tour of the cellar and apple pressing demonstrations. Make sure to activate your Garden Membership on Candide, and return to The Newt as often as you like over the next 12 months. Accessibility Information All gardens areas are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, though via indirect routes – often up thick lawns, steep gradients, uneven ground and gravelled pathways. Pushchairs may be stored at the Threshing Barn, and for longer distances transport is available for those requiring assistance.

A tree in front of a house

Trewithen Gardens & Parks

One of the loveliest gardens in Cornwall – Trewithen Gardens nails the balance between hidden nooks and sweeping countryside views. Trewithen means ‘house of trees’ so it should come as no surprise that Trewithen Gardens is full of wonderfully woody specimens, from the big blousy Magnolias to graceful Acers. In fact, Trewithen Gardens is home to around 20 champion trees, so-called for reaching the greatest height or girth of their species. As well as these awe-inspiring trees, Trewithen Gardens is full of fabulous flora and fauna, including a spectacular collection of Camellias, which have earned it the accolade of International Camellia society 'Garden of Excellence'. Among the 30 acres of woodland gardens is the Cockpit, where climbing Hydrangeas and exotic Tree Ferns jostle for space under the dappled light of the canopy. Visit in spring when the early flowering Magnolias, Rhododendrons and Camellias are in full swing. After exploring the garden, visitors can enjoy delicious refreshments at the Tea Shed, open until the end of October half term.

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