Celebrating Glorious Gardens

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Welcome to the Great Gardens to Visit  2015 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 – you’ll find it below the menu on the left-hand side. 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.


Great Gardens to Visit 2015

Great Gardens to Visit 2015, which has just been published, features over 100 beautiful gardens right across the UK.

Plan all your garden visits for 2015 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, please send a cheque, made payable to Publicity Works Ltd, for £8.00 (includes postage & packing) to Gardens to Visit, Dan y Ser, Rhyd, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd, LL48 6ST.

NB. Please ensure you include the delivery address you would like the book sent to, along with your cheque, when you order.

 


Great Gardens to Visit – Garden of the Month – Ramster

Ramster is famous for its stunning collection of rhododendrons and azaleas, which flourish under the mature woodland canopy.

Established in the 1900s by Gauntlett Nurseries of Chiddingfold, with influences from the Japanese gardens, it now stretches over twenty acres. April heralds the arrival of many varieties of daffodils, complementing the camellias, the early flowering rhododendrons and the stunning magnolias.

The carpets of scented bluebells contrast exquisitely with the fiery display of azaleas and rhododendrons in May and the warmth of June brings forth the Mediterranean grasses, and the subtle pink climbing roses. In the bog garden a mass of colourful primulas cascade down the rill, and stepping-stones weave a path under the leaves of the giant gunnera.

Details to help you plan a visit are here

PUBLISHED THIS EASTER  – THE FINEST GARDENS OF THE SOUTH WEST

Finest Gardens of the South WestThe Finest Gardens of the South West is an inspirational celebration of the very best gardens in the West Country of England, covering an area from Cornwall to the Wiltshire and Hampshire Borders.

Using informative, evocative text and stunning imagery, garden writer and broadcaster Tony Russell captures the very essence of the fifty finest gardens within this region and explores their history, design, plants and personalities. The diversity of gardens to be found in the South West and within this book is truly astonishing. Within these pages you will find gardens full of sub-tropical plants, such as Tresco on the Isles of Scilly and Overbeck’s in Devon, modern-day creations at The Eden Project and University of Bristol Botanic Garden, historical restorations at The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Hestercombe in Somerset and botanically important gardens such as the Royal Horticultural Society’s garden at Rosemoor and Trewithen in Cornwall. All the gardens featured within this book allow public access at some time during each year.

The Finest Gardens of the South West is quite simply one of the finest books on the subject and essential reading for anyone interested in visiting and understanding gardens. Just like its predecessors, it will undoubtedly become a best-selling classic, a book that works equally as well on the coffee table or as a faithful companion in the car.

To pre-order your copy, RRP £15.99 – personally signed by the author – simply email mail@gardenstovisit.net


PUBLISHED THIS EASTER – THE FINEST GARDENS IN WALES

The Finest Gardens in Wales240Following on from the best-selling book The Cotswolds Finest Gardens, this long awaited sequel is an inspirational celebration of the very best gardens in Wales.

Using informative, evocative text and stunning imagery, garden writer and broadcaster Tony Russell captures the very essence of the fifty finest gardens within Wales, covering their history, design, plants and personalities along the way.

From Anglesey in the northwest to the Wye Valley in the southeast, this book discovers just why Wales is regarded as having one of the best and most diverse collections of gardens in the world. Within these pages you will find grand landscapes such as at Dyffryn and Powis Castle, historical gems like Erddig and Plas Tan y Bwlch, national icons at Bodnant and The National Botanic Garden of Wales, superb garden restorations at Plas Cadnant and Aberglasney, flamboyant designs such as Portmeirion and Dewstow and world class plant collections at Plas Newydd and Plantasia.

All the gardens featured within this book allow public access at some time during each year.

The Finest Gardens in Wales is essential reading for anyone with even the slightest interest in gardens and will undoubtedly become a best-selling classic, a book that will be placed on the coffee table as well as carried in the car and a book that will raise the profile of Welsh gardens even further.

Download a page here

To pre-order your copy, RRP £15.99 – personally signed by the author – simply email mail@gardenstovisit.net


Discover Britain’s Gardens

Discover Britain’s Gardens is currently a seasonal magazine which is published four times a year – spring, summer, autumn, winter.

The April – June 2015 edition is just published and includes a special feature on Britain’s Wonderful Walled Gardens.

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 get a FREE copy of the magazine, please click here


Norwegian Cruise

Departing Southampton, 21 August 2015, 8 Nights, visiting Stavanger, Bergen, Flam & Olden

My 2015 cruise is on Balmoral, which is a beautiful ship and includes eight nights on board departing Southampton on 21st August 2015. Ports of call include Stravanger, which has a remarkable botanic garden containing a herb garden, vegetable garden, perennial plantings and herbaceous borders, beds of medicinal plants, an alpine collection and a ‘world garden’ containing trees, shrubs and other plants originating from all over the world.

We will also be visiting Bergen a beautiful coastal city, where there is the opportunity to visit the music composer Edvard Grieg’s house and garden and there are further ports of call at Flam and Olden, where you can visit the mighty Briksdal Glacier. Our ship will also cruise through some of the most stunning scenery in the world including Naeroyfjord, Nordfjord and Hardangerfjord.

Download Fjord Cruise 2015 details


Garden-themed Holidays

 

holiday234Tony 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.


Photographic Library

Tony Russell – Photographic Library
Tony Russell – Photographic Library
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‘The perfect autumn morning’ Acer palmatum ‘Senkaki’ 1 DSCN1464
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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 fascinating  information.

Click here to download the article. You will need Adobe Reader to open the article.