Gardens

  • Swiss Garden

    A visit to The Swiss Garden takes you back to the early 19th century, when an interest in ornamental gardening and picturesque architecture first came together. Created in the 1820s by Lord Ongley, it is a late Regency garden and an outstanding example of the Swiss picturesque. A unique, ornamental Read more [...]

  • Sissinghurst Castle Garden (NT)

    Sissinghurst’s beautiful 2 hectare garden was first laid out by novelist Vita Sackville-West and her diplomat husband Harold Nicolson in the 1930’s. The gardens surround the remains of an Elizabethan mansion. Though the place of passionate affairs and weekend parties, Sissinghurst Castle was also the backdrop to a loving family Read more [...]

  • Sheffield Park Garden (NT)

    A magnificent 40 hectare landscape garden, with 4 lakes linked by cascades and waterfalls, laid out in the 18th century by ‘Capability’ Brown and further developed in the early years of the 20th century by its owner, Arthur G. Soames. Carpeted with daffodils and bluebells in spring, its rhododendrons, azaleas Read more [...]

  • The Secret Gardens of Sandwich

    Encircled by the old, stone city walls, The Secret Gardens of Sandwich are an oasis of serenity waiting to be explored. At their heart stands the Grade I listed manor house designed by famous English architect Sir Edwin Lutyens who also devised the 3.5 acres of ornamental gardens. Officially opened Read more [...]

  • Scotney Castle (NT)

    From the early 18th century, British landscape gardeners had been creating gardens inspired by pictures, but by 1800 a backlash had set in. Critics considered the grassy vistas designed by Capability Brown too smooth and tidy. Scotney’s picturesque garden is a last fling in this backlash style of gardening. Often Read more [...]

  • Saint Pauls Walden Bury Garden

    A Grade I landscaped garden, laid out in about 1730 and covering 40 acres. There is a formal design of avenues through woodland gardens leading to temples, statues, a lake and ponds. This is the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth, and the Queen Mother. Extensive daffodil and rhododendron displays in Read more [...]

  • Royal National Rose Society

    Founded in 1876, the Royal National Rose Society is a leading gardening charity dedicated to encouraging, improving and extending the science, art and practice of the cultivation and conservation of roses. The RNRS Garden has 20 acres of showground and trial grounds for new varieties of rose. Thirty thousand roses Read more [...]

  • Ramster Garden

    A mature woodland garden with over 20 acres featuring flowering shrubs, a bog garden and wild flowers, especially good in spring and early summer. Specimens include magnolias, camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons and there are many fine trees to be seen. Around 250 acres of farm land and woods surround the Read more [...]

  • Polesden Lacey (NT)

    Polesden Lacey occupies extensive grounds on the North Downs and sits on a 1400 acre estate. The house and garden are superbly situated with magnificent views over the Downs. The garden consists of 10 acres of elegant terraces and lawns, the 30 acre Edwardian garden, a walled rose garden, plus Read more [...]

  • Pashley Manor Gardens

    A quintessential English garden located on the Sussex and Kent border in the heart of South East England’s garden country. Pashley offers a sumptuous blend of romantic landscaping, imaginative plantings and fine old trees, fountains, springs and large ponds. Pashley Manor Park has superb views south to Brightling Beacon, while Read more [...]

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