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Garden of the Month

Wollerton Old Hall

Shropshire

August 2017

Images of the Month

August 2017

Suffolk

Helmingham Hall

Sue's Jottings

Borde Hill

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July 2017

Gardens to Visit 2017

Gardens to Visit 2017

Celebrating Britain's Glorious Gardens - Available Now

Gardens to Visit 2017

Click here to buy the book

Great Gardens to Visit 2017, which has just been published, features over 100 beautiful gardens right across the UK. Plan all your garden visits for 2017 whilst curled up in front of the fire this winter.

The retail price in shops for this beautiful book will be £12.99.

If you would like to purchase a copy at a special price of £8.00, please visit our brand new Book Shop

Click here to learn how to use the site

Here you will find all the information you need to plan your visit to hundreds of glorious gardens right across the UK.

To find the details of the garden you would like to visit, go to the Garden Search just below and type in the name of the garden you are interested in and then press the Enter key on your keyboard. When you are on an individual garden page, you will find all of their details and a link to their own website. The same applies if you wish to email them - simply click on their email address.

If you want to find out what gardens there are in a particular area, simply go to the top of this page and click on 'Gardens' in the header menu and follow the links.

Garden Events. We've added an improved Garden Events calendar which you can see on the right hand side. Full details of Garden events will be added throughout the year.

Gardens to Visit News

Plant Hunters Weekend at Lullingstone Castle

Celebrating the lives of some of Britain’s most intrepid plant hunters, Tom and friends in period dress lead a guided tour of the World Garden at 1.30 – 3.30pm – join at any time! Visitors are offered a unique glimpse into the past to experience an authentic plant hunter’s expedition camp, complete with plant presses,…

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Garden & Health Week – Mill Dene

This week we are opening for Gardens and Health Week under the auspices of the National Garden Scheme, We are hoping to open like this on a regular basis. It is magical watching the effect just sitting in a lovely green environment can have on people recovering from illness or bereavement, or just the unhappier…

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Bristol Botanic Garden – Bee & Pollination Festival

Giant Amazon waterlilies, live hive demonstrations, Bristol beekeepers’ annual ‘honey show’, research displays on pollinator behaviour, nurseries with bee-friendly plants, talks and willow weaving, wildlife exhibits, summer art/science exhibition plus free tours of the Botanic Garden Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd September 10am-5pm University of Bristol Botanic Garden

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Dyffryn Fernant ‘Mythos’ – Short Story Competition

Create your own modern myth with the magical qualities of plants at its core set in the Preseli Pembrokeshire landscape. The prize is a full week in the Bwthyn Bach, the cottage in the garden between 1st November 2017 – 30th March 2018 (exc. 23rd December -7th January) value £270 inclusive of all extras. Prize…

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Kids Summer Fun – Borde Hill

August 22
Borde Hill Garden
Borde Hill Lane
Haywards Heath RH16 1XP
Tue 22

The Big Batsford Bug Hunt!

August 22 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre
Batsford
Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9QB
Tue 22

Association of Essex Photographers Exhibition – RHS Garden Hyde Hall

August 22 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Creephedge Lane
Chelmsford CM3 8ET
Tue 22

RHS Wisley – 10 year anniversary of the Glasshouse

August 22 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
RHS Wisley
RHS Wisley
Woking GU23 6QB

Festival Of Gardens 2017 in brief

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The 2017 Festival has now finished but the beautiful gardens are still open and look magnificent. Many thanks to all the gardens who took part, all the team who put the festival together and, most of all, to everyone who attended the Festival. Find out more about the gardens by downloading the 2017 brochure

Alnwick Garden - New Video

Introducing Sue

GTV Sue Liassides

I'm Sue Liassides and for 2017 I am joining Tony and the Gardens to Visit team, to offer some timely tips and jottings relating to gardens, gardening, plants and all things horticultural.

First though, let me introduce myself ...

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... The rose garden at Borde Hill was designed by RHS Gold medallist Robin Williams in 1996. It is planted with up to 750 gorgeous fragrant roses.  The rose garden is named after Andrew John and Eleni Stephenson Clarke’s daughter Jay Robin and this is a long-standing family tradition throughout the five generations at Borde Hill, to have various parts of the garden named after family members. The roses are planted within a framework of low box hedging and lavenders. There is a wonderful array of colours from whites and yellows to pinks, oranges and reds.  Topiary and yew hedges frame the garden beautifully. At the heart of the rose garden is a brick edged pool surrounded by plantings of nepeta ... gorgeous.

There is also a sculpture exhibition on at the moment, it runs until 2nd October and features several rose-themed artworks specially created as part of the 2017 Sculpture Exhibition.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Rose garden and walking around the other gardens and especially enjoyed the Paradise Walk which was looking absolutely stunning with some unusual plants, one of which was Digitalis ferruginea, the rusty foxglove ...

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Beauty in the Nepeta
Borde Hill

Garden Themed Holidays

Gardens to Visit Holiday

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.

This article gives an enjoyable account of  a garden-themed holiday that Tony Russell led and is an excellent introduction to Garden Tours.

The Garden Holidays page also has a brief description and links to two companies that Tony Russell works with - Brightwater Holidays & Victoria Travel.

Discover Britain's Gardens

Discover Britain's Gardens Magazine

Discover Britain's Gardens is currently a seasonal magazine which is published four times a year.

The July - September 2017 edition is now available.

Get a yearly subscription for £10 (nearly 37% of the Retail price)

Photographic Library

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. Selections of Tony Russell's pictures have appeared in numerous articles and books.

These images are now available for others to use.

They may be of special value to Magazine Editors, Writers and Journalists in illustrating articles and magazine features.

The pictures are not available elsewhere - they are exclusive to Gardens to Visit.

To find out more details please go here.