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!
Spring is with us at last, thank goodness, and with it’s arrival we are pleased to add a new section, Featured Gardens, highlighting gardens which are not in the Gardens to Visit 2014 book.
You can find all the Featured Gardens in the Gardens menu to the left.
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 - Caerhays Castle & Gardens
This informal woodland garden created in the late 19th and early 20th century by J C Williams, is today the home of many fine examples of plants brought back by the intrepid plant hunters of the early 20th century and also a wide range of rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias, both bred and raised here, which the Williams family and Caerhays Gardens have become famous for worldwide.
Caerhays Castle is of the very few Nash built castles still standing and is situated within the 120 acre garden.
Caerhays Garden is home to the famous williamsii camellias and also home to a National Magnolia and Podacarpus Collection and was found, by a representative of the Tree Register, recently to contain no less than 78 Champion Trees (thought to be the most in a private garden in England). 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.
Storms and floods: have your trees been damaged?
Published in the Daily Telegraph, Saturday 8 March
Few of us will easily forget the winter of 2013/2014. The succession of storms which have battered the UK since last October have affected just about every one of us in one way or another. The statistics are truly astonishing; at some point during the past five months it is estimated that 600,000 properties have been without power, 7,000 properties flooded, 12,000 properties have suffered structural storm damage, hundreds of trains have been cancelled, 600km of railway lines closed, thousands of roads blocked and 22 people killed as a result of the storms.
It was the wettest winter since records began, rivers such as the Severn and the Thames recorded higher volumes of water flow than ever before, the Thames barrier was forced to close 29 times between December and the end of February – that is one fifth of its total use since it was built in 1983, record-breaking tidal surges caused damage along 1100km of coastline, recorded wind speeds topped 108mph and it is estimated by the Forestry Commission that up to 30 million trees may have been blown down.