The Original Garden Visitor's Guide

Garden of the Month

May 2017


Green Island Gardens

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May 2017

Gardens to Visit 2017

Gardens to Visit 2017

Celebrating Britain's Glorious Gardens - Available Now

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 Osprey

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

The Glaslyn Osprey chicks now hatching! Live Link

To find out the very latest follow this link

Gardens to Visit News

Exotic Colour – Orchid Day at Dyffryn Gardens

Escape to the exotics as the Orchid Study Group hosts their colourful Orchid Day at Dyffryn Gardens. If you are someone who appreciates the delicate beauty of an orchid, just like fashion designer Ralph Lauren who used 100,000 live orchids for his New York Fashion Week show, the Orchid Study Group’s ‘Orchid Day’ at the…

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Lowri Evans & Lee Mason

Lowri Evans & Lee Mason will be performing in the Great Glasshouse on May 21st Acclaimed Pembrokeshire-born singer-songwriter Lowri Evans stops off on her current tour at the National Botanic Garden of Wales with her partner and musical collaborator Lee Mason to perform songs from their new album ‘A Little Bit of Everything’ – a…

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Helmingham Hall wins HHA/Christie’s Garden of the Year Award

Helmingham Hall in Suffolk has been crowned the winner of the 2017 Historic Houses Association (HHA) Garden of the Year Award, sponsored by Christie’s. This prestigious national award, presented annually since 1984, is designed to recognise the importance of some of the country’s most spectacular gardens with outstanding horticultural and public appeal. The Award is…

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Lullingstone Castle reopens

We are all on countdown here at Lullingstone, with only one week to go until we welcome visitors for the new 2017 season – April Fools’ Day! We have lots of new discoveries for everyone to enjoy in The World Garden, with ‘orchis’ showcasing floral delights and our new woodland walk all ready to be…

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The 2017 Festival starts in ...

Seasonal Garden Gallery

Still time to visit Pashley Manor Tulip Festival, ends 6th May. Photo by Sue Liassides

Peter Gibbs opens the Festival Of Gardens at Plas Tan y Bwlch, 27th May

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

A woodland walk at Coton Manor

Festival Of Gardens 2017 in brief

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Until now however, the gardens of Snowdonia and North Wales have not been so well known and yet within the region there is a stunning collection of world-class gardens to be discovered; gardens which thrive because their westerly location allows them to benefit from the warmth and moisture of the Gulf Stream. Frosts are rarely hard and droughts seldom long, particularly in the coastal regions, making it an ideal place to grow plants collected from every corner of the world.

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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 beautiful and the colours so rich and vibrant to the other extreme of pale and interesting.  There was a tulip to suit every taste.  So, for two to three weeks there is this wonderment of colour to excite your senses and to feast the eyes.

Pashley Manor also had an exhibition marquee with cut stems of tulips so that visitors could not only examine and admire these beauties ‘up close and personal’ but then even place an order through the company who has provided the bulbs to Pashley Manor.

That was a real treat I must admit, I was very tempted to order some of these lovely bulbs, but, I have a very small garden which is already bursting with plants, so I resisted (very hard to do!).  I thoroughly recommend including a visit to a Tulip festival in your round of garden visits next year. Read More

" ... for two to three weeks there is this wonderment of colour to excite your senses and to feast the eyes."

The Tulip Festival at Arundel Castle - April 2017

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.