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Castle Howard


'... the colour and drama of the season ...'

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Rhododendron augustinii


April 2018

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Gardens to Visit 2018

Celebrating Britain's Glorious Gardens - Available Now.

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Spring blossom bursts into life at Batsford Arboretum

After a particularly cold start to the spring, the magnificent Cherry and Magnolia collections at Batsford Arboretum are bursting into life thanks to the much-anticipated arrival of warm weather. Batsford holds the National Collection of Prunus (Sato-Zakura group) cherries – with around 120 trees in clusters around the 56 acre arboretum – and is home…

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Great Welsh science helps solve pollinator puzzle

Welsh scientists piecing together the giant jigsaw puzzle of plant pollination are a step closer to knowing how it all fits, thanks to a new paper by PhD researcher Andrew Lucas. He has spent the past seven years studying a much under-appreciated and regularly mis-identified player in the complex world of pollinators: the hoverfly. Vital…

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Lullingstone Castle is now an RHS Partner Garden

We are delighted to announce for the 2018 season we are now a RHS Partner Garden, giving RHS members free access to the garden throughout the season (excluding event days). It’s such a privilege to be chosen to be part of the scheme and we look forward to welcoming members to discover the horticulture delights…

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Rare mineral discovered in plants for the first time

A rare mineral that holds enticing potential as a new material for industrial and medical applications has been discovered on alpine plants at Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Scientists at Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University have found that the mineral vaterite, a form (polymorph) of calcium carbonate, is a dominant component of the protective silvery-white crust that…

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Courses at King John’s Nursery

5 Week Courses, in small groups, run by ACRES (Adult College for Rural East Sussex) Fruit & vegetable growing made easy Tuesdays 10 – 12.30 Start 20th Feb £90 Spring Crafts Fridays 10 – 12 starts 23rd Feb £75 Painting & drawing flowers by the season Thursdays 10 – 12 starts 1 March £75 Venue: King…

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British Iris Society Late Spring Show – RHS Wisley

April 28 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
RHS Wisley
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May 03

Spring Craft Fair – RHS Wisley

May 3 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
RHS Wisley
RHS Wisley
Woking GU23 6QB
May 04

Spring Craft Fair – RHS Wisley

May 4 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
RHS Wisley
RHS Wisley
Woking GU23 6QB
May 05

Spring Craft Fair – RHS Wisley

May 5 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
RHS Wisley
RHS Wisley
Woking GU23 6QB

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Seasonal Garden Gallery

Borde Hill Paradise Walk Used with thanks© John Glover, 2016

Bodrhyddan Hall - The Lake

Displays of spring flowers at Misarden Park in Gloucestershire

Early spring in Shakespeare's Birthplace Gardens in Warwickshire

Spetchley Park, Worcestershire, in spring

Garden Holidays in Snowdonia

Springtime in the Gardens of Snowdonia and North Wales, 14th - 18th May 2018

A magical springtime 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 overflowing with
colour from flowering magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas.

Download details of the Spring & Autumn Holidays

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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Originally created by wealthy stockbroker Ludwig Messel and his notable head gardener James Comber from the 1860s onwards, the gardens at Nymans were further expanded and developed by Ludwig’s son Leonard and then by his granddaughter Anne, Countess of Rosse, before being given to the National Trust in 1954. Today the garden is rightly considered to contain one of the finest woody plant collections in England and includes many original introductions, some collected in the wild by James Comber’s son Harold as well as approximately 40 home-bred varieties.

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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's Gardens is currently a seasonal magazine which is published four times a year.

The October - December 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.