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A rare tree in flower

Emmenopterys henryi - In Flower at Batsford Arboretum & Borde Hill

August 2018

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Garden of the Month

Helmingham Hall

Suffolk

"An extraordinary impression of beauty and tranquillity".

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Abbey House - Wiltshire

A truly spectacular 5 acre garden in Medieval Mamesbury

August 2018

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Gardens to Visit 2018

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Gardens Events

Sat 18

The Big Batsford Bug Hunt! – Batsford Arboretum

August 18 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre
Batsford
Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9QB
Sat 18

Carnivorous Plant Society Show – RHS Wisley

August 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
RHS Wisley
RHS Wisley
Woking GU23 6QB
Sun 19

The Big Batsford Bug Hunt! – Batsford Arboretum

August 19 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre
Batsford
Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9QB
Sun 19

Carnivorous Plant Society Show – RHS Wisley

August 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
RHS Wisley
RHS Wisley
Woking GU23 6QB

Gardens to Visit News

French Rivers and Gardens Cruise

French Rivers and Gardens Cruise with garden writer and broadcaster Tony Russell 6th September 2019, 9 nights from only £1399pp Monet’s House & Garden and the Botanical Gardens of Cornouaille and the charming city of Quimper Download the cruise details

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Evenings with Trees at King John’s Nursery

We have two fantastic evenings planned with local tree consultant Clive Mayhew on 14th and 15th October. Join us then for a glass of fizz or wine and a guided stroll around the garden, which will be followed by a delicious supper and a fascinating talk by Clive. Based in East Sussex, Clive is an…

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The Garden at Miserden Wins Historic Houses Garden of the Year Award

The Garden at Miserden, located in the Cotswolds, is delighted to have won the Historic Houses Garden of the Year Award.  This prestigious national award, sponsored by Christie’s, recognises the importance of the country’s most spectacular historic gardens. The romantic country garden, which dates back to the 17th Century, received the highest number of votes…

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Something wonderful at Borde Hill

Emmenopterys henryi, a deciduous tree that’s native to central and south-western China, planted in 1928 at Borde Hill in Haywards Heath, is about to burst into a mass of bloom thanks to an exceptionally cold winter followed by one of the hottest summers on record. Described by the great Edwardian plant hunter EH Wilson as…

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Garden Holidays in Snowdonia

Autumn in the Gardens of Snowdonia and North Wales -
22nd - 26th October 2018

A spectacular autumn tour of the beautiful gardens of Snowdonia and North Wales led by garden writer and broadcaster Tony Russell.

This is the time of year when the gardens are full of vibrant leaf colours from the many plants that thrive here, including Japanese maples, decidious azaleas, beeches and oaks. During the tour you will visit some of the finest gardens within the region. In each garden you will learn about the history, design and plant collections, as well as autumn colour at its best.

Gardens to be visited include, Nanhoron, Portmeirion, Plas Brondanw, Bodnant, Plas Cadnant, Aber Artro and Plas yn Rhiw. A tour of the gardens at Plas Tan y Bwlch will also be included.

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Sir Clough Williams-Ellis

A New Talk by Tony Russell

The architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, is probably best known for his creation of the 'Italianate' village of Portmeirion on the north-west coast of Wales. A fantasy landscape, visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year ...

Less well-known is Sir Clough's ancestral home and garden at Plas Brondanw. Here, long before he embarked on Portmeirion, Sir Clough created one of the finest 'Arts & Crafts' gardens in Britain.

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Dyffryn - Vale of Glamorgan

This remarkable 55-acre (22-hectare) Grade I listed Edwardian garden, located in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan, has as its centre a grandiose Grade II listed mansion remodelled in 1893 for coal magnate John Cory, who had purchased the property two years earlier. Cory commissioned eminent landscape architect Thomas Mawson to design a garden around the house and a masterplan was produced in 1903-04, although work did not begin in earnest until 1906. After John Cory’s death in 1910, his son Reginald, who had studied law at Cambridge but found horticulture much more interesting, collaborated with Mawson on the design and over time became a fine horticulturalist and enthusiastic plant collector, sponsoring expeditions for plant hunters such as George Forrest, Ernest Wilson and Harold Coomber.

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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 for Groups is published four times a year.

Download a free sample copy

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.

 

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