Welcome to the Great Gardens to Visit website
Here you will find all the information you need to plan your visit to hundreds of glorious gardens right across the UK.
To access the gardens, simply click on the gardens tab on the left-hand side of this screen and select the region you are interested in from the drop down menu. Once you have accessed an individual gardens web page, you can link direct to their full website by simply clicking on their website address. The same applies if you wish to email them – simply click on their email address.
New Feature. We’ve added a Search facility to make getting around the site easier. If you know the name of the garden you want to find out about, just type the name in the Search Box and press the magnifying glass to the right to see the results.
We hope you enjoy your visit to the Great Gardens to Visit website.
The Great Gardens to Visit Book
The 2014 edition of the Great Gardens to Visit book is now available. The retail price in shops is £12.99.
If you would like to purchase a copy of the book “Gardens to Visit 2014” at a special price, please send a cheque for £8.00 including Postage & Packing (made payable to Publicity Works Ltd) to Gardens to Visit, Dan y Ser, Rhyd, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynned, LL48 6ST.
Books will be sent to you on receipt of your cheque.
NB. Please ensure you include the delivery address for the book in with your cheque when you order.
Enjoy your garden visits with Gardens to Visit 2014!
Vote for your Favourite Garden so that it can be included in the Great Gardens to Visit 2015 calendar. During 2014 we will be scouring the British countryside in search of your favourite gardens, so that we can photograph them and include them in the very first Great Gardens to Visit calendar. We want the calendar to include all the gardens that over the years you have grown to know and love and so the twelve gardens which receive the most votes will be featured.
The Great Gardens to Visit 2015 calendar will be available for you and your friends and family to purchase from October 2014 onwards.
To find out how to vote and more details please click here!
Great Gardens to Visit – Garden of the Month – Chiswick House & Gardens
The Chiswick House Camellia Festival 1st – 30th March 2014.
Chiswick House is among the most glorious examples of 18th-century British architecture and includes a rich collection of Old Master paintings. The important 18th century gardens surrounding Chiswick House include many historic features and buildings to delight the visitor from the magnificent cedar trees, The Cascade, statues, temples, urns, obelisks and the Italian Garden. 2010 saw the culmination of a major project that has restored these historic gardens.
The Chiswick House Camellia collection, housed in the Conservatory, is a national treasure and believed to be the oldest collection under glass in the Western world. It includes rare and historically important examples of these beautiful plants. Read more here
Discover Britain’s Gardens
The January – March edition is just published and includes a special feature on the glorious gardens of Somerset.
If you are interested in visiting Britain’s Great Gardens then this is the magazine for you.
Discover Britain’s Gardens is packed with glorious garden photographs, great ideas on gardens to visit, competitions, quizzes and news on forthcoming events.
In this edition, there are Free tickets for some of your favourite gardens.
To find out how to buy the magazine, please click here
Tony Russell leads a number of garden-themed holidays, covering all parts of the world. To find out more about a garden-themed holiday please click here
The Garden Holidays page features an article, originally published in the Telegraph, that gives an enjoyable account of a garden-themed holiday that Tony Russell led.
The Garden Holidays page also has a brief description and links to two companies that Tony Russell works with.
Over the last ten years, Tony Russell has built up a digital photographic library of some 12,000 high quality publishable images relating to trees, shrubs, flowers, gardens and landscapes.
These images are now available for others to use.
The pictures are not available elsewhere – they are exclusive to Gardens to Visit.
They may be of special value to Magazine Editors, Writers and Journalists in illustrating articles and magazine features.
To find out more details please go here.
BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine – 100 amazing facts about trees
Tony Russell writes for BBC Gardeners’ World magazine and this article “100 Amazing Facts about Trees” provides a wealth of fasicnating information for the Christmas and New Year.
Click here to download the article. You will need Adobe Reader to open the article.
Are our urban trees in danger?
Published in the Daily Telegraph, Saturday 23 November
As a child growing up in the suburbs of London during the Sixties and Seventies I walked to school. All my classmates did the same. Today, 40 years on, if I close my eyes I can trace every step of that 20-minute journey in my mind as if it were yesterday. Apparently this is not unusual, according to the Living Streets campaign, the walk to school is one of those childhood memories that stays with us until we die.
My route took me past red-brick Coronation Street terraces, pebble-dashed semis, high street shop fronts and the railings of the local park. For close on half of that journey I walked beneath a canopy of street trees. The rest of the time the house sparrows called from the boughs of neighbouring gardens and parks. At that time I knew very little of the countryside, nor that my future career would somehow involve plants, but I did know those trees, as did all my mates.
As Britain celebrates National Tree Week, which starts today, it is a good moment to ask whether today’s schoolchildren will have the same leafy memories.