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Gardens of the UK and Ireland

The gardens of the UK and Ireland vary from a couple of acres to hundreds or even thousands of acres of woodland and parkland. In style they range from a plantsman’s garden to sweeping landscapes, lawns and lakes in the natural ‘Capability’ Brown style. Gardens can be either formal, perhaps with terraces and topiary, or informal in the English country cottage style. Some large gardens combine both aspects. Walled gardens are a feature of many; some of these walled gardens were used for growing vegetables, so are referred to as kitchen gardens.

The gardens were developed from the 1700s to the present day, with a few dating back to medieval times. A garden in Britain is not necessarily planted with flowers that bloom. The word can refer to parkland, woodland, and lawns, perhaps dotted with shrubs or specimen trees.

Monuments and follies were placed in the grounds of early gardens. Bridges and grottoes were built to complete the landscape. Deer parks feature in some of the grounds. Greenhouses survive from Georgian and Victorian days. Some gardens have national collections of a particular type of plant such as roses or camellias. Larger grounds have walks through woodland or along riversides.

Shops, cafes, and nurseries with seeds and plants available for purchase are an added bonus. Some gardens cater to families with adventure playgrounds, special kid-friendly attractions, and picnic areas.

Because they show off different flowers and colours at different times of the year repeat visits bring new surprises and delights. More than a million acres are in gardens, and more than 3000 are open to the public. Take advantage of them and enjoy their varying beauty throughout the year.

Our garden articles have links to each garden’s website, but here are some links of general interest:

Royal Horticultural Society
Parks and Gardens UK Database
National Gardens Open for Charity
The Museum of Garden History
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ENGLAND
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Dorset Alnwick Garden
Amazing Mazes of Britain Arley Hall and Gardens, Cheshire
Beth Chatto Gardens, Essex Borde Hill Garden Sculptures, Sussex
Borde Hill Garden, Sussex Bourton House Garden, Gloucestershire
Burnby Hall Gardens, Yorkshire Chelsea Physic Garden, London
Cholmondeley Castle Gardens, Cheshire Easton Lodge Gardens, Essex
Eden Project , Cornwall Emmetts Garden, Kent
Godinton Gardens, Kent Goodnestone Park Gardens, Kent
Great Comp Garden, Kent Great Dixter Gardens, Sussex
Groombridge Place Gardens and the Enchanted Forest , Kent Harlow Carr RHS Garden, Harrogate
Hatfield House Gardens Hodnet Hall Gardens, Shropshire
Kew Royal Botanic Gardens Kingston Maurward Gardens, Dorset
Leonardslee Lakes and Garden Mapperton Garden, Dorset
Marks Hall Garden and Arboretum, Essex Ness Botanic Gardens
Newstead Abbey Gardens, Nottinghamshire Royal Landscape Gardens, Greater London
Sheffield Park Gardens, East Sussex Sir Harold Hillier Gardens Photos, Hampshire
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent
Spetchley Park Gardens, Worcestershire Squerryes Court and Gardens, Kent
Stowe Landscape Gardens, Buckinghamshire Swiss Garden, Bedfordshire
Thorp Perrow Arboretum and Falcon Conservation Centre, Yorkshire Wakehurst Place Gardens, West Sussex
Westbury Court Garden, Gloucestershire Weston Park House and Gardens
Westonbirt National Arboretum, Gloucestershire Wollerton Old Hall Garden
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IRELAND
Annes Grove Gardens, County Cork Birr Castle Demesne Gardens, County Offaly
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SCOTLAND
Arduaine Garden, Argyll and Bute Dawyck Botanical Gardens, Borders
Inverewe Garden, Ross-shire, Highland Kailzie Gardens, Borders
Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh The Gardens of the National Trust for Scotland
WALES
Lost Garden of Aberglasney, Carmarthenshire National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire
The Clyne Gardens and Singleton Botanical/Ornamental Gardens, Swansea City

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