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Plas Brondanw

December 2018

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Kew Gardens


Featured in Great Gardens to Visit 2019 - Published December 2019

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Gardens Events

Thu 13

Christmas in the Glasshouse

December 13 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 13

Christmas Shopping at Wisley

December 13 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 13

Stories and songs with Santa

December 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu 13

Christmas Magical Walk at Peter Beales

December 13 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Gardens to Visit News

Gardens Trusts reveals new discoveries about landscape gardener Humphry Repton

Culminating years of research, the Gardens Trusts have shed new light on the work of historic landscape gardener Humphry Repton at a symposium at the Garden Museum in November 2018. The new research was completed by hundreds of volunteers from County and Country Gardens Trusts across the UK as part of the celebrations in the…

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A Celebration of the Women of Middleton and the estates of Wales

Day one will focus on women associated with the rich history of the Garden’s Middleton Hall Estate and is aimed at a non-specialist audience. The second day, organised by ISWE, will look more closely at the broader cultural and social influences that women have had on Wales. Saturday 24th November – Middleton Women through the…

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National Botanic is No 1 in Wales say readers of Garden News

National Botanic is No 1 say readers of Garden News The National Botanic Garden of Wales have been named the favourite visitor garden in Wales by readers of Garden News magazine.Throughout the summer, Garden News readers took part in a poll to find the Best 100 Gardens across the whole of the UK, with the…

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Seasonal Garden Gallery

Sorbus x kewensis

Bodnant in the Autumn

Crab Apples

Castle Hill - Liquidambar tree

Early Autumn at High Beeches

Sorbus hupehensis var obtusa


Garden Holidays in Snowdonia

Autumn in the Gardens of Snowdonia and North Wales, 29th October - 2nd November 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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Knightshayes - Devon

... Set apart from the house is ‘The Garden in the Wood’, created since 1950 by Sir John and Lady Amory, this remarkable 25 acre (10 hectare) garden comprised of meandering walks and glades, supports a fascinating collection of rare ornamental plants ranging from pulmonarias, omphalodes, hellebores and erythroniums, through geraniums, ferns and euphorbias, to tender rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias that you would normally associate with milder Cornish gardens further west.

It is particularly colourful in autumn with a fine collection of Japanese and American maples.

This garden is a must for anyone with a serious interest in plants.

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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.

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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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