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June 2019 Newsletter - Giving a voice to Britain's Gardens

Tucked away at the bottom of a tranquil valley; steep, narrow paths twist and turn around ancient statues, columns, terraces and architecture, within the 2.5acre, Grade I listed gardens. Visitors are drawn on in anticipation of the next delight, be it a stunning view across the valley or an intimate hidden corner. Steeped in history, a visit to the timeless Italianate gardens is often described as 'stepping into another world'.

Tony Russell, Gardens to Visit

Welcome to the June issue of our Gardens to Visit E-Newsletter, which provides you with all the latest news and information from gardens right across the UK.

To find out more about each item featured below, simply click on it. Also, if you click on the garden name it will take you directly to the garden's own website.

Our Gardens to Visit E-Newsletters enable you to decide which gardens to visit and the best time to visit them.

Published monthly and distributed to thousands of groups, individuals, coach companies, tour operators, tourism personnel, garden journalists and media
representatives, this newsletter is the voice of British gardens.

If you would like to find out more about these gardens, their news and events and much else besides, visit the Gardens to Visit website

Wishing you a great summer season of garden visits

Tony Russell


Celebrating 25 years of the Royal Gardens at Highgrove being open to visitors

Dating back to between 1796 and 1798 the house itself was built in a Georgian neo-classical design on the site of an older property. When His Royal Highness moved to Highgrove it possessed little more than a neglected kitchen garden, an overgrown copse, some pastureland and a few hollow oaks. Since then it has undergone many thoughtful and innovative changes all influenced and overseen by The Prince of Wales.

From the early days the public has enjoyed visiting the gardens which surround the house, and now welcomes c. 37,000 visitors a year. Visitors can discover how The Prince of Wales has transformed the land adjoining the house into a series of highly individual ‘outdoor rooms’ which embody his gardening ideals and organic principles, while enjoying the rich variety of flora and fauna on display.

The opening of the garden has raised over £7 million from the garden tours which has been donated to The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund, a grant-making body which helps a wide range of causes.

Pulitzer Prize 2019 finalist to speak at the American Museum & Gardens, June 29, 1-2pm

American author Victoria Johnson, Associate Professor at Hunter College, New York and Pulitzer Prize nominee, will be discussing her new book, American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic, this June at the American Museum & Gardens. The book follows the story of Dr. David Hosack, the founder of the first botanical garden in America.

We are delighted to be able to welcome Victoria to the American Museum & Gardens this summer', said Dr Richard Wendorf, the Museum's Director.

'Like our own recent restoration of the Museum's Mount Vernon Garden, Victoria used archaeological maps and plans to piece together planting schemes, paths and buildings in Hosack's garden. It was fascinating to learn of the scale of his original botanical garden and that it is today the site of the Rockefeller Centre in New York. This should be in everyone's diary who has an interest in gardening, history and science.'

Historic Sussex Gardens featured on BBC TV Gardeners World after Major Restoration Project

Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens near Horsham, Sussex, was featured on BBC TV Gardeners’ World on Friday May 31st, following the spring 2019 opening of the 240 acre estate - after one of the biggest garden restoration projects in the UK in nearly 30 years.

Owner Penny Streeter OBE described on the programme how she first came upon the historic woodland gardens, which were closed to the public and neglected for 9 years, and then set about transforming Leonardslee back to its former glory in a 20-month project.

Head gardener Ray Abraham gave Gardeners’ World presenter Joe Swift a tour of Leonardslee gardens and described the detailed restoration work. This included careful pruning and extensive clearance of neglected and overgrown areas and the rebuilding of nearly 10 miles of pathways through the woodlands.

The Garden is delighted to host another year of open-air music from Cambridge Summer Music. Sounds Green takes place every Wednesday evening in July on the Garden's Main Lawn, providing a perfect opportunity to enjoy the sights, sounds and summer smells in the Garden with family and friends on a (hopefully) warm and balmy evening.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden opens its gates late on Wednesday evenings throughout July for the Sounds Green series, a celebration of summer and music - relaxed, sociable, picnic concerts in the Garden with Cambridge Summer Music. This year, there are five Wednesdays in July so there is one more concert to enjoy than in the past few years.

New this year: visitors must purchase online tickets in advance in order to attend the concerts.

CUBG Director Beverley Glover explains: "We are delighted to be hosting the Sounds Green series again. It is a hugely popular event and we want to provide the best experience to our visitors, so this year we are issuing tickets to avoid the risks of overcrowding and long queues".

The Japanese ambassador for the UK, Koji Tsuruoka, and Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas were the VIP guests for a very special day at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on Tuesday, June 4.

The Aber Taiko drummers and a Welsh harpist were on hand to help celebrate the reopening of the newly-restored Japanese Garden; a celebration that also included an introduction to Chadō, the ancient Japanese Tea Ceremony ritual.

The ambassador spoke of strong links between the two countries which shared a common love of gardens. He said: “It is a beautiful garden once again. I am convinced it will be kept in excellent shape as a symbol of the bond of friendship between Japan and Wales.”

Lord Elis-Thomas, deputy minister for culture and tourism, also spoke of strong links between the two nations and added that he had the best job in Wales: “Looking after this Garden is a joy for me.”

Wuthering Heights open-air theatre Tuesday 23rd July 2019
Floors Castle is delighted to be working with Chapter House Theatre Company to present a magical open-air garden theatre event in the grounds of Floors Castle this summer.

Massed Pipe Band day Sunday 25th August 2019
Join hundreds of spectators at Floors Castle and prepare to be marvelled at our annual Massed Pipe Band day. A long-established Castle tradition, this memorable day out originally initiated by the present Duke’s father is not to be missed.

Great British Food Festival at Floors Castle 14th September 2019
Set on the lawns at the stunning Floors Castle, we have over 75 food, drink and gift stalls, tasty street food, lovely bars, chef demos, artisan talks, children's activities and entertainment and live music all day. Join us for a fabulous, family day out, 10am-5pm both days.

French Rivers and Gardens Cruise with garden writer and broadcaster Tony Russell

6th September 2019, 9 nights from only £1399pp Includes Garden Visits and Drinks Package

This delightful cruise on Fred. Olsen's MS Boudicca includes a visit to Monet's House and Gardens, the Botanical Gardens of Cornouaille and charming floral city of Quimper.

Monet's House & Garden
Botanical Gardens of Cornouaille and the charming city of Quimper
Exclusive on board talks, Gardeners' get-togethers and Drinks Party with your host, Tony Russell
9 night cruise aboard Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Boudicca
All Inclusive Drinks Package*
Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, five-course a la carte dinner, late night buffet and self-service tea & coffee
Swimming pools, jacuzzi & gym

Tom Hart Dyke at Lullingstone Castle is pleased as punch! He has finally got his very own Salvia 'Amante', bred by the legendary Rolando Uria in Argentina, now in stock at Lullingstone's World Garden Nursery to buy!

Come rain or shine, The World Garden is ready for our summer season and this weekend includes our National Garden Scheme charity open day on Father's day, so bring all the family!

The volunteers have been keeping busy and our latest garden project has been to plant our delightful dahlias in the circular beds along the long borders, so keep visiting to watch their progress!

With a host of new summer events ahead, don't forget to save the dates for our "Classics at the Castle" on the 29th June and the Lullingstone Quilt & Craft Festival on the 19-21st July.

The garden is buzzing with blooms and wildlife, so join us this weekend, we open from 12pm

£115.00 per person
July 12, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Improve your outdoor practical photography amid the summer delights of Bowood's magnificent gardens, with instruction and guidance from one of Britain’s top garden photographers.

£120.00 per person
July 19, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Does the planting in your garden run out of steam half-way through the season? Designing a garden full of plants that look attractive all year requires some forward planning. On this workshop we share the key tips and techniques that professionals use to keep gardens looking great all year round.

Gardens to Visit 2019

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