The Original Garden Visitor's Guide

Garden of the Month



September 2017

Image of the Month

September 2017

Dyffryn Fernant


Autumn 2017


Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Picture: Howard Rice

Sue's Jottings

Breezy Knees North Yorkshire

Read Sue's Jottings - our exclusive monthly feature

September 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.

Gardens to Visit News

National Trust Members 2 for 1 Adult Ticket Offer

23rd September – 2nd October 2017 Borde Hill is pleased to offer National Trust Members a 2 for 1 adult ticket offer between 23 September and 2 October. A perfect opportunity to enjoy the early autumn colour as the air starts to cool and conkers and acorns scatter the ground. It is also a chance…

Read More

A time to share – National Botanic Garden of Wales

Remember, remember: All of September is ‘Members: bring a friend, FREE of charge’ month at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. All month long, your membership card will act as if it has a “plus one” facility attached to it – every single day of September. And there’s plenty to see and do during this…

Read More

Plant Hunters Weekend at Lullingstone Castle

Celebrating the lives of some of Britain’s most intrepid plant hunters, Tom and friends in period dress lead a guided tour of the World Garden at 1.30 – 3.30pm – join at any time! Visitors are offered a unique glimpse into the past to experience an authentic plant hunter’s expedition camp, complete with plant presses,…

Read More

Garden & Health Week – Mill Dene

This week we are opening for Gardens and Health Week under the auspices of the National Garden Scheme, We are hoping to open like this on a regular basis. It is magical watching the effect just sitting in a lovely green environment can have on people recovering from illness or bereavement, or just the unhappier…

Read More

Bristol Botanic Garden – Bee & Pollination Festival

Giant Amazon waterlilies, live hive demonstrations, Bristol beekeepers’ annual ‘honey show’, research displays on pollinator behaviour, nurseries with bee-friendly plants, talks and willow weaving, wildlife exhibits, summer art/science exhibition plus free tours of the Botanic Garden Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd September 10am-5pm University of Bristol Botanic Garden

Read More

Facebook Posts

Sat 23
Sat 23

RHS Photographic Competition – RHS Garden Hyde Hall

September 23 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Creephedge Lane
Chelmsford CM3 8ET
Sat 23

Essex Plant Heritage Autumn Fair – RHS Garden Hyde Hall

September 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Creephedge Lane
Chelmsford CM3 8ET
Sat 23

Pauline Grove Exhibition – RHS Garden Hyde Hall

September 23 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Creephedge Lane
Chelmsford CM3 8ET

Seasonal Garden Gallery

Autumn Colour at Ramster [Special opening Times]

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

Liquidambar styraciflua at Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Picture: Howard Rice

Bowood, Wiltshire

Batsford Arboretum, Gloucestershire

Festival Of Gardens 2017 in brief

aber artro

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

Alnwick Garden - New Video

Introducing Sue

GTV Sue Liassides

I'm Sue Liassides and for 2017 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 ...

Read More here

I finally made a long-promised trip to Yorkshire to visit a friend and when it wasn't wet, we made it to a garden. This is one garden I hadn't heard of before - Breezy Knees. These delightful gardens are set in 20 acres and situated about 5 miles from York. To say I was blown away by the beauty of these gardens, is an understatement.

The garden and nursery were created by husband and wife Colin and Marylen Parker. The couple sold their successful pharmacy business in order to turn their hobby into a new career. They wanted to start a garden and nursery on farmland in the Vale of York.

The land was flat, open to cold south westerly's in winter - hence the name 'Breezy Knees'. So, back in 1999, the plans were put into practice and by 2004 the nursery opened.

The couple then decided that a show garden was needed so that the public could see how a plant would perform ... it's height and the plant's characteristics and how it would look in a mixed border.

Read the full article here

... I lost all track of time ...
Breezy Knees, Warthill, North Yorkshire

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.