Gardens

  • Painshill Park

    An 18th century landscape garden designed around a meandering lake which is open to visitors as part of an ongoing major restoration project. A circuit walk takes visitors past a Gothic temple, ruined abbey, Turkish tent, grotto, Chinese bridge and waterwheel. There are also formal areas, specimen trees and replanted Read more [...]

  • Mount Ephraim Gardens

    A nine acre garden specially noted for its daffodils, rhododendrons, a fine herbaceous border, topiary and rose terraces which lead to a small lake. There is also a water garden, a Japanese rock garden with pools, woodland, orchard walk and a small vineyard. The gardens were laid out in the Read more [...]

  • Merriments Gardens

    A 4 acre densely planted garden created in the 1990’s featuring herbaceous borders, unusual plants, water gardens and woodland. ‘Monet’-style garden leading into display of colour-themed borders for sun and shade, dry and moist areas. Hidden stream links two large ponds, bog garden and rock garden.

  • Marle Place Gardens

    These peaceful and privately owned gardens, first created in 1890, are the exceptional result of generations of careful attention. There are over ten acres of formal and informal planting, encircled by old woodland and orchards, typical of the ‘garden of England’. Romantic and peaceful gardens with topiary, herbaceous borders, plants Read more [...]

  • Leeds Castle

    A 3,000 acre estate originally surrounded the castle. The parkland is now much smaller, but still contains farms, woodland, a golf course and several gardens. In the Castle grounds are aviaries, a swannery and the famous old Culpepper garden full of fragrant plants. A maze leads to an underground grotto, Read more [...]

  • Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

    The jewel in the crown of British gardens which, due to its size, requires many days to explore fully. To give you some idea of scale the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew covers an area of 121 hectares (300 acres). The distance between the Main Gate (North) and the Pagoda (South) Read more [...]

  • Isabella Plantation

    The Isabella Plantation is now an ornamental woodland garden, full of exotic plants, that is designed to be interesting all year round. Magnificent displays of azaleas and rhododendrons in late spring and early summer. In 1831, Lord Sidmouth, the park deputy ranger, fenced off 17ha (42 acres) of the Isabella Read more [...]

  • Hever Castle Gardens

    The spectacular gardens at Hever Castle were laid out between 1904 and 1908 by Joseph Cheal & Son, turning marshland into the spectacular gardens you see today. One of the most magnificent areas of the gardens is the Italian Garden, which was designed to display William Waldorf Astor’s collection of Read more [...]

  • Hampton Court Palace Gardens

    When Sir Christopher Wren designed his new additions to the original Palace he took into account the layout of the existing gardens and avenues added by Charles II. His classical facades contrast well with the Tudor bricks and chimneys. The Broad Walk, laid out in 1700 extend to a distance Read more [...]

  • Groombridge Place Gardens

    There are 65 hectares of grounds and gardens, heavily water-biased. Though the 17th century house has a residual moat there are also formal terraced gardens and topiary appropriate to the house’s origin (1660), as well as the earlier Elizabethan walled garden which belonged to the house displaced in 1660. The Read more [...]

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