Explore some of the most magical gardens in the UK
1) Visit Leonardslee
Wed 18th May + 8 more
Fri 25th Nov + 23 more
Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens
After being closed for 10 years, Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens was nearly lost forever. However, it reopened its doors in 2019 after undergoing one of the largest garden restoration projects in England. These spectacular and ancient gardens are now open for the public to enjoy once again. With over 240-acres of English woodland gardens set within a steep valley, you can expect to find lakes, woodland areas, and the famous Rock Garden. Many people in the local area have fond memories of their visits and life around these gardens. Leonardslee aims to protect this magnificent heritage so that future generations get to enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna within.
2) Visit Driftwood
Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail 2022
Sat 23rd Jul + 1 more
Though small in size, Driftwood is bursting with character. Since 2004, Geoff Stonebanks has transformed this plot, (a mere 112ft by 40ft) from your standard lawn-and-borders backyard into a paradisal garden wonderland complete with quirky nautical props. His efforts have won him multiple accolades, including a seminal appearance on the BBC’s Gardeners’ World. Taking inspiration from its scenic coastal location in Seaford, East Sussex, visitors are greeted by a scene of seaside plants thriving among old fish crates and anchors, while the exposed tip of the garden is home to durable plants that can withstand a battering from strong winds and salt spray. In between visitors are submerged in a sea of cottage plants from fuchsias to heucheras. The bijou space also doubles up as an alfresco gallery for the work of local artists. But the beautifully unfettered borders aren’t the only reason people are drawn here. Stonebanks is not only a superb gardener but a dab hand at baking, and this beautiful garden is the perfect setting to enjoy his homemade cakes.
3) Visit Teasses Estate, Scotland
Candlelight Snowdrop Walk
Sun 27th Feb
Garden Design Workshop Tickets
Sat 19th Feb
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.