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
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.
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
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!
Plas Tan y Bwlch
During the winter of 2013 – 2014 North West Wales was battered by a succession of terrible storms culminating in the ‘St Valentine’s Day Storm’ which subjected Plas Tan y Bwlch near Penrhyndeudraeth in Gwynedd to wind speeds in excess of 100mph (160kmh) on the 13th and 14th February 2014. As a result many of the original trees and shrubs planted during the 19th and early 20th centuries were blown down and parts of the garden completely destroyed.
Since then hundreds of tonnes of fallen timber have been cleared from the garden and a visitor path re-opened.
A garden restoration and re-planting plan has been put in place by leading garden consultant Tony Russell, who lives near Llanfrothen, just a few miles from Plas Tan y Bwlch.
The restoration project will take three years to complete and during this time the public will be able to visit the garden to see the restoration project in process.
The garden officially re-opens to visitors from Saturday 2nd August and there will be opportunities to join guided walks around the garden and to hear about the storm damage and the restoration programme.
Great Gardens to Visit – Garden of the Month - Bryngwyn Hall
Walk across the lawns that slope towards the ha-ha and the large lakes beyond to the slate bench on the causeway.
Many interesting mature trees and shrubs remain from the 19c including rhododendrons brought from Bhutan, Sikkim and Northern India. Left to dereliction for 60 years an exciting and extensive restoration programme was started in the late 20c.
The garden boasts a remarkable collection of trees and shrubs, spectacular herbaceous borders and intimate rose garden protected by clipped yew hedges.
Discover Britain’s Gardens
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
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.