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.

 


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


COMING SOON – 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.

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


Great Gardens to Visit – Garden of the Month – Chiswick House & Gardens

Chiswick House is a magnificent neo-Palladian villa set in 65 acres of beautiful historic gardens.

Chiswick House Gardens are a site of international importance, both as the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement, and as the setting for one of the most beautiful houses in London.

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 Show 28th February – 29th March 2015

Details to help you plan a visit are here


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 January – March 2015 edition is just published and includes a special feature on the glorious gardens of Wales.

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


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.