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Image of the Month

October 2017

Winkworth Arboretum


Autumn 2017


Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Picture: Howard Rice

Garden Feature of the Month

Batsford Arboretum

October 2017

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Gardens to Visit 2017

Gardens to Visit 2017

Celebrating Britain's Glorious Gardens - Available Now

Gardens to Visit News

Petals produce a ‘blue halo’ that helps bees to find flowers

Latest research using plants from Cambridge University Botanic Garden’s plant collection has found that several common flower species have nanoscale ridges on the surface of their petals that meddle with light when viewed from certain angles. These nanostructures scatter light particles in the blue to ultraviolet colour spectrum, generating a subtle effect that scientists have…

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International Garden Photographer of the Year

International Garden Photographer of the Year returns to Cambridge University Botanic Garden, 1 November – 21 December 2017. Cambridge University Botanic Garden is delighted to host the prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) exhibition. A collection of winning images from its 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition will be on display in the Autumn Garden.…

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Apple Weekend – The National Botanic Garden of Wales

Apple Weekend is here again at the National Botanic Garden of Wales with a two-day celebration of everyone’s favourite fruit on October 21st and 22nd. The Botanic Garden is home to the Welsh Heritage Orchard and the Apple Weekend will see the only, and largest, display in Wales of native Welsh apple varieties and those…

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Spellbinding Halloween at Borde Hill

Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to become a witch or wizard? Then put on your cloak, grab a broomstick, wave your magic wand and transport yourself to Borde Hill Garden to find out. Can you help our little Witch, Petronella, who made a mistake practicing her spells and turned her…

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Pip Pip Hooray!

Apple Day is back at Cambridge University Botanic Garden – Sunday 22 October 2017 Keep the first Sunday of half-term free to discover the diversity of apples at the region’s biggest Apple Day at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Sunday 22 October 2017, 10am-4pm. “The Garden’s Apple Day is a real celebration of this important…

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RHS Late Fruit and Vegetable Competition – RHS Wisley

3-5 November 10am to 3.45pm Over 60 classes of fruit and veg, RHS expert advice and apple identification. The competition is open to all, for more details please contact or see the RHS website: . The show is free to view with normal Garden admission.

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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.

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RHS Wisley – 10 year anniversary of the Glasshouse

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
RHS Wisley
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Autumn Colour at Ramster

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ramster Gardens
Petworth Road
Chiddingfold GU8 4SN
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Spellbinding Halloween at Borde Hill

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Borde Hill Garden
Borde Hill Lane
Haywards Heath RH16 1XP
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Apple Weekend – National Botanic Garden of Wales

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
National Botanic Garden of Wales
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Seasonal Garden Gallery

Brobury House Garden - Autumn in Herefordshire

Autumn Colours at Green Island, Essex

Autumn Colour at Ramster [Special opening Times]

Autumn colour at Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Picture: Howard Rice

Bowood, Wiltshire

Batsford Arboretum - Autumn colours at their best

Batsford Arboretum and Woodland Garden is one of the finest places in Britain to view autumn leaf colours.

It was originally designed and created in the late 1800s by Algernon Freeman Mitford - later Lord Redesdale – who, as a diplomat for the British Government, had spent much of his career working for the Foreign Office in China and Japan, where he fell in love with the plants and planting styles he encountered.  During this time he became an accomplished plantsman and in particular, an authority on bamboos.

On his return to England in 1890 he began to create a wild garden with an oriental theme at his Batsford home in the Cotswolds. He imported bronze statues of Buddha, a Foo Dog and Japanese Sika Deer; planted hundreds of Asian trees and shrubs; built a life-size replica of a Japanese Rest House and created a 600 metre-long artificial stream complete with pools, cascades and a Japanese-style bridge.

All of this still exists today and the tree collection has developed into one of the best in private hands.

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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

Autumn Falls at Batsford

Batsford is a fine garden to visit in spring, however autumn leaf colours in October are also magnificent. Situated alongside the arboretum is the Batsford Falconry Centre with daily flying demonstrations. Read the full feature

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Halloween at Lullingstone Castle

Sunday 29th October (12 noon - 8pm)

Join us at Lullingstone Castle for Halloween Magic on the last day of the season; pumpkin carving, spooky house and garden tours – perfect for all the family.

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.