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!

Autumn Tour of the Gardens of Snowdonia and North Wales – October 13th – 17th 2014

bodnant tour HomeThis new Autumn garden tour is one of a series led by gardens expert Tony Russell.

During the tour you will visit some of the finest gardens in Snowdonia and North West Wales.

In each garden you will learn about the history, design and plant collections, as well as experiencing the autumn colour at its best.

Gardens will include Plas Brondanw, Portmeirion, Bodnant, Plas Cadnant, Penrhyn Castle and Plas Newydd; there will also be a visit to Crug Farm Rare Plants.

A tour of the gardens at Plas Tan y Bwlch will take place on one of the evenings. Bookings are being taken now.

To find out more, contact us by email

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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 – RHS Garden Harlow Carr

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One of Yorkshire’s most relaxing and surprising gardens at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales! Wander through tranquil surroundings in this stunning garden and pick up the latest tips and techniques for your own borders.


Autumn sees the garden transform into its most colourful season. Ablaze with vibrant shrubs and berries, the turning leaves set the whole garden alight in bright red’, gold’s and amber’s.
Highlights include the lush Streamside Garden, take inspiration from 200 years of gardening in Gardens through Time. Pick up practical ideas from the Kitchen Garden and take glorious deep breaths in the beautiful scented garden. Our Alpine House is not to be missed, as it is the largest of any of the RHS Gardens and is home to a selection of the Harlow Carr Alpine collection made up of over 2000 plants. Visit the extensive RHS Shop & Plant Centre, and linger over delicious goodies in Bettys Café Tea Rooms.

Read more here

Discover Britain’s Gardens

Summer 2014 cover HomeDiscover Britain’s Gardens is currently a seasonal magazine which is published four times a year – spring, summer, autumn, winter.

The July – August edition is just published and includes a special feature on the glorious gardens of Yorkshire.

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

Garden-themed Holidays

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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.

Tony Russell – Photographic Library
Tony Russell – Photographic Library
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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.

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.

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