• 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 [...]

  • Great Dixter

    Christopher Lloyd’s garden in East Sussex is an example of cottage gardening on a larger scale. The Manor of Dixter is first noted in 1220 and structural additions were made again in 1464. In 1910 the English architect Edwin Lutyens restored Great Dixter and designed the gardens. Christopher Lloyd, the Read more [...]

  • Great Comp

    Established in 1957 by a retired couple, this garden of 7 acres now contains 3,000 named plants! Conifers, maples, rhododendrons, magnolias and good herbaceous borders edging large areas of lawn, give a restful vista of semi-woodland effect. Areas of stonework close to the house with a sunken garden centred with Read more [...]

  • Goodnestone Park

    A skilfully designed 15 acre garden with well-maintained lawns, a tree collection, shrubs, heathers, herbaceous plants, walls and terraces. Connections with Jane Austin who visited many times. The Walled Garden is Goodnestone’s most renowned and popular area, and many visitors think that the central view through the succession of mellow Read more [...]

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