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Gardens to Visit 2017

Gardens to Visit 2017

Celebrating Britain's Glorious Gardens - Available Now

Garden of the Month

June 2017

Kelso, Scottish Borders

Floors Castle

Image of the Month


The Laburnum Arch

June 2017

Sue's Jottings

Parham, Sussex

Read Sue's Jottings - our exclusive monthly feature

June 2017

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.

Glaslyn Lady, the female osprey that nests near the River Glaslyn in Snowdonia, returned from her winter migration to Africa on the 22nd March.

We are thrilled to report that all three eggs hatched and the chicks are now in the nest.

View the Glaslyn Osprey chicks - Live Link

To find out the very latest Facebook post follow this link

Image - screen capture from Live Link. Copyright © 2017, Glaslyn Wildlife.

Gardens to Visit News

Return of the Titan

Cambridge University Botanic Garden is awaiting the Return of the Titan. One of the two Titan Arums held in the Garden’s collection of plants will very soon produce another huge, magnificent flower along with the noxious smell that accompanies it. Staff at the Botanic Garden are asking Friends and visitors to help name the new…

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Dyffryn Gardens’ Big Book Weekend

Looking for some pool side reading for an upcoming summer holiday? See what literary gems you can discover in Dyffryn Gardens’ Big Book Weekend and help to restore the Great Lawn fountain. The majestic Edwardian gardens and Victorian mansion house of Dyffryn, a National Trust property in the Vale of Glamorgan, provides the perfect fairy-tale…

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Seasonal Garden Gallery

The Pashley Manor Tulip Festival 2017. Photo by Sue Liassides

Great Comp Garden - The very rare Magnolia 'Kevin Hughes'

A woodland walk at Coton Manor

Loseley Park Summer Garden Show 28 - 30 July

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.

Introducing Sue

GTV Sue Liassides

I'm Sue Liassides and for 2016 I am joining Tony and the Gardens to Visit team, to offer some timely tips and jottings relating to gardens, gardening, plants and all things horticultural.

First though, let me introduce myself ...

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... So, what about gardens to visit around now? Well, Highdown Gardens, Highdown Rise, Littlehampton, West Sussex are just perfect – I visited these delightful gardens on a gloriously warm Saturday afternoon. The Gardens have been awarded the Green Flag Award every year since 2005.  The gardens leaflet says, and I quote, ‘This award scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK. Strict criteria have to be achieved for the award, such as providing an environmentally-friendly garden with green waste recycling and no use of peat. Also the garden must provide a safe and welcoming place for visitors with information and participation from local groups.  We are committed to continuing to achieve these aims for the enjoyment of our visitors.’

The house and grounds were owned by the Stern family, who were passionate about horticulture.  Frederick Stern and his wife Sybil Lucas collected many exotic and rare plants and created a beautiful garden in the south of England. It was a challenging project for them as they were planting on chalk. When Frederick Stern passed away in 1967 he left the gardens to Worthing Borough Council, ‘for the people of Worthing to enjoy the Gardens in perpetuity’.

Read the full Jottings here

Kniphofia at Parham

" ... What struck me was the sheer amount of colour on display and the clever colour combinations, for example, purple-leaved Cotinus and golden Achillea alongside bright orange Kniphofia ..."

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 is currently a seasonal magazine which is published four times a year.

The April - June 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.