From the very first edition of Gardens to Visit in 2003, it has been our policy each year to include a selection of 'newly discovered gardens' as well as those which have become firm favourites. This year is no exception and I am delighted to be able to report that in this edition we have several new gardens which were not featured in the 2016 edition of Great Gardens to Visit.
These include Acorn Bank in Cumbria, Dyffryn Fernant in Pembrokeshire, The Swiss Garden in Bedfordshire and Tregenna in Cornwall - all proudly take their place alongside long-time favourites such as Batsford Arboretum, Plas Cadnant, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, The National Botanic Garden of Wales and the four RHS gardens at Wisley, Rosemoor, Hyde Hall and Harlow Carr. New also for this year is a page devoted to 'hot off the press' information about all the RHS Garden shows which will take place in 2017.
As always, the information contained within the book is complimented by this site where you will also find additional information relating to special events and activities that many of our featured gardens will be running in 2017. There are also special monthly articles on gardens that are looking their best in that particular month.
I do hope you enjoy our 2017 selection of great gardens and that the year ahead brings you many enjoyable and memorable garden visits.
My very best wishes
Tony Russell garden writer and broadcaster - November 2016