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The Garden and Nursery Guide offers you an extensive guide to the best horticultural specialists and gardens to visit. Whether you are looking for hardy perennials or a particular rose, this directory will help you find your perfect plant.

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Batsford Arboretum

Batsford Arboretum is home to a unique collection of some of the world’s most beautiful and rare trees, shrubs and bamboos. It was started in the late 1800’s by Lord Redesdale – grandfather to the infamous Mitford sisters, who dedicated his life to creating a wild garden, heavily influenced by his time working in the Far East.

Helmingham and the Tollemache family

Grade 1 listed gardens, redesigned by Lady Tollemache (Chelsea Gold Medallist) set in a 400 acre deer park surrounding a moated Tudor Hall. Visitors are enchanted by the stunning herbaceous borders within the walled kitchen garden, the herb, knot and wild gardens as well as two magnificent rose gardens.

Old Court Nurseries

Michaelmas daisy Specialists since 1906 A range of more than 400 varieties from the Plant heritage Collection and many other autumn flowering perennials in the nursery and by mail order. Catelogue free by request. The Picton garden beside the nursery is a showcase for autumn colour. Open- May-31st July 2-5pm Wednesday-Saturday (or by appointment) 11am-5pm August Wednesday to Sunday September- 20th October daily.

Château de Chantilly gardens

With an overall surface area of 115 hectares, the gardens of the Château de Chantilly are the result of several creations according to the trends of each period: the French-style garden created by André Le Nôtre in the 17th century, the Anglo-Chinese Garden in the 18th century and the English Garden in the 19th century.

The large French-style flowerbed provides the most stunning viewpoints of the visit. It includes immense mirrors of water reflecting the sky, numerous fountains and water features, and an exceptional collection of statues. Of all the gardens created by André Le Nôtre, those of Chantilly were his favourite.

The Anglo-Chinese Garden was drawn in 1773 by the architect Jean-François Leroy for Prince Louis-Joseph de Bourbon-Condé. It houses the Hamlet, made up of five rustic houses, which was of Marie-Antoinette's hamlet model in Versailles.

At last, located between the Château and the Great Stables, the English garden was designed during the Restoration in 1819 by the architect Victor Dubois for Prince Louis-Joseph de Bourbon Condé (1736-1818). Enhanced with romantic structures such as the temple of Venus, it hosts twice a year the reference event in the garden world, the Chantilly flower show.

Cowbridge Physic Garden Trust Ltd

Cowbridge Physic Garden is a little haven of tranquillity, nestling behind ancient stone walls in the charming market town of Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan. Planted and cared for by a dedicated team of volunteers, all varieties are heritage species with medicinal, culinary or dyeing uses. Entry is free, talks and tours by arrangement.

Minterne Gardens

Minterne Gardens is open to the public between March & November from 10-6 daily. Adults £5, children up to 12 free of charge. On A352 Dorchester to Sherborne Road, 2 miles N of Cerne Abbas.

Powis

The world famous garden, overhung with enormous clipped yews, shelters rare and tender plants. Laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles, it retains its original lead statues, an orangery and an aviary on the terraces.

Penwood Nurseries

Penwood Nurseries is a well-established, family run production and retail nursery located south of Newbury. Its success and reputation is attributable to the wide range of plants produced. We have thousands of different hardy trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, roses, conifers, fruit, climbers, ferns and grasses. Our friendly and experienced staff will be happy to help you. Penwood Nurseries is not a garden centre, it’s a centre for gardeners…… a visit will explain why!

AN INNOVATIVE BOTANIC GARDEN FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

Ventnor Botanic Garden (VBG) lies at the heart of a remarkable microclimate on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. Often up to 5 degrees warmer than the average UK temperature, it really is Britain’s hottest garden. Conceived back in 1972, the 22 acre garden has over 6000 species of rare and subtropical plants thriving outdoors, unprotected from the elements, a feat few other gardens in the UK can replicate on such a scale. Plants can be found from the furthest corners of the earth, from the fertile valleys of New Zealand to the South American Andes. What makes the garden so unique is the innovative way it is curated. Plants are left to naturalise and make their own mini ecosystems as they would in the natural world. We call it the “Ventnor Method” and it is putting the garden at the forefront of UK botany, pushing the boundaries of traditional botanical thinking to the very limits.

Hughenden Manor

This summer we are celebrating the National Trust’s programme for Women and Power with a themed display in the parterre at Hughenden based on Benjamin Disraeli’s acquaintance with Queen Victoria. The vibrant red Salvias, blue Ageratums and yellow Tagetes match the royal standard and are complimented with Canna Lilies, one of the Queens favourite flowers.

R & N Plant Specialists

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Britain’s Coalition of Defra Plant Health Registered National Wholesale Nurseries – 165 hectares of modern glass and land production growing 5000 lines of quality field grown and containerised Trees - Shrubs – Hedging Plants – Conifers – Herbaceous and Perennials – Roses – Azaleas and Rhododendrons – Grasses and Ferns – Native Provenance Forestry Plants all grown to the National Plant Specification and offered at recession busting prices!! Find out more>

Thornhayes Nursery

Thornhayes Nursery has a reputation for the quality of its extensive range of ornamental, amenity, fruit and hedging trees, plus choice and unusual shrubs; also the sound advice from knowledgeable and experienced staff.

Leeds Castle Gardens

The 900 year old Leeds Castle offers 500 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens in the heart of Kent. The Culpeper Garden is an English cottage-style with neat box hedges, irises, hollyhocks and roses. The Lady Baillie Mediterranean Garden features plants with exotic foliage to create illusion and theatre.

Iford Manor

Famed Edwardian garden designer Harold Peto made the mediaeval Iford Manor his home from 1899-1933, having been seduced by its Georgian façade beside the babbling River Frome, near Bath. He set about creating the magnificent, Grade 1 Listed, Italianate Peto Garden that you see today, a showcase of his abilities as a designer. Tucked away at the bottom of a tranquil valley, paths twist and turn around ancient statues, columns, terraces and architecture surrounded by ebullient planting schemes, leading you on in anticipation of the next delight. Today the manor and gardens remain in private hands, actively cared for and lived in by two generations of the Cartwright-Hignett family who have restored the design and planting in accordance with Harold Peto’s vision. They have also transformed the area of the Oriental garden, which was never completed by Peto.

Set in 2.5 acres this steep, terraced, Italian-style garden affords the visitor wonderful views of the valley, especially enjoyed from the casita, loggia and cloisters. A number of original plants remain and the abundant planting evolves throughout the seasons. Steeped in history, a visit to the tranquil, Italianate gardens is often described as like stepping into another world

Kenwood Proms with Katherine Jenkins

Last night of the Kenwood Proms with Katherine Jenkins & The Royal Philharmonic Concert orchestra with special guests Military Wives Choirs at Kenwood House on Sunday June 24th. Forces sweetheart, Welsh superstar mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins OBE, will take to stage at Kenwood House on Sunday 24th June for Last Night of the Kenwood Proms. Earlier this year, Katherine officially became the number one classical music artist of the past 25 years in the ultimate classic FM chart Joining Katherine will be the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra Military Wives Choirs will be special guests at this show

Marks Hall Gardens

Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum near Coggeshall, Essex provides a great day out for the whole family. Wonderful woodland walks, a delightful children-friendly walled garden, lovely lakes and trees with amazing plants from around the world providing stunning year-round colour.

Beth Chatto Gardens

Inspirational gardens planted with late flowering bulbs, perennials, grasses and rich autumn foliage. Planting at its best. The tea-room overlooks the famous Gravel Garden and extensive nursery, with over 2,000 plants for drought, damp and shade conditions, following Beth Chatto’s theme of choosing the right plant for the right place.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Thorp Perrow Arboretum is one of the finest private collections of trees and shrubs in the country. This 100 acre arboretum is unique to Britain, if not Europe, in that it was the creation of one man, Colonel Sir Leonard Ropner (1895 - 1977) and is now owned and managed by Sir John Ropner.

Scone Palace Gardens

Visit Scone Palace Gardens where you will find 100 acres of glorious grounds to explore. This winter you can enjoy a ‘Celebration of Snowdrops’ as part of the Scottish Snowdrop Festival. Grounds are open free of charge from 10.00am – 4.00pm each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2nd February – 25th March. Food Shop and Coffee Shop open.

Little Sparta

Set in the Pentland Hills, south of Edinburgh, Little Sparta is the greatest work of the artist Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006). The garden, first planted over fifty years ago, is created out of the natural landscape, a beautiful and shaded place with trees, flower beds, running streams, bridges, ponds and paths which lead you past more than two hundred artworks, many of them carved with inscriptions that will take you into the world of classical Greece and Rome, poetry and philosophy, but also the French Revolution, naval ships, armed conflict, and weapons of war.

Opening hours in 2018 are June-September, Thursday-Sunday, 12:30-17:00

Rode Hall & Gardens

An eighteenth century house set in a Repton landscape containing fine portraits, furniture and porcelain.

Barcham Trees

Mike says, “There are two dependable ways you can bend nature to your favour and one genus that is fantastic for producing long range Autumn colour, is Liquidambar.

Folia Europe

In our 24 years of trading, Folia Europe has been involved with the widest and most prestigious clients, ranging from celebrity gardens to blue chip commercial clients garden designers and landscape architects such as The Berkeley Group PLC, Quintain PLC and Grainger PLC.

We are a leading specialist nursery who grow and supply quality nursery stock including topiary, hedging and specimen shrubs and trees.

By using our years worth of experience, we provide our customers with the widest range of products as well as the highest quality good available.

Plants, trees, shrubs – please visit out A-Z listings online.

Sundrise such as mulch, turf, wild flower turf, compost and fertilizers.

Private and trade customers welcome. Regular stock updates. Photos to help you choose the right plants for your project.

Simply log on to our online shop and order now for hassle free delivery

Benington lordship gardens

SNOWDROPS AT BENINGTON LORDSHIP GARDENS

Historic ruins serve as a spectacular backdrop to the stunning display of naturalised snowdrops at Benington Lordship. The walled garden will showcase the impressive collection of two hundred snowdrop varieties. Beautiful views over surrounding parkland and a lakeside stroll complete a visit.

Snowdrops and hellebores for sale.

Homemade soup, tea & cakes.

Free parking.

Open daily 7th February-4th March 2018, 12-4pm.

Admission £5, children free.

For more information ring 01438 869668 or visit www.beningtonlordship.co.uk

Airfield Estate

Located in the leafy suburb of Dundrum, Dublin, Airfield Estate is a 38 acre working farm, gardens and visitor attraction.

Originally established as a charitable origination by the Overend family in 1974 for educational and recreational purposes, the Overend sisters were passionate gardeners and that passion has been carried on ever since by enthusiastic gardeners and designers.

The gardens first came to prominence when renowned local plantsman Jimi Blake was Head Gardener. Like all good gardens, the gardens at Airfield Estate are never static and in 2014 they went under a complete redesign under guidance of Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd and Irish designer Dermot Foley.

Airfields Garden team have since put their stamp on the gardens as they continually evolve.

Today the gardens are over 6 acres in size and are composed of diverse garden spaces ranging from an ornamental walled garden, Victorian glasshouse spaces, to an extensive organic certified food gardens.

Fresh produce from the gardens are harvested and delivered to the Estates eatery - Overends Kitchen on a weekly basis. The temperate climate of south Dublin accommodates a large variety of plants to be grown on site, which provides all year round interest to a garden visitor.

Bluebell Arboretum and Nursery

Bluebell Nursery is an award-winning, mail order and retail nursery which specialises in trees, shrubs, climbers and woody herbaceous plants including a large selection of very rare and unusual varieties!

Picton Castle and Gardens

Picton Castle and Gardens is “One of the finest gardens in Wales”, with 40 acres of uniquely beautiful gardens with tranquil walks with all year round interest. Exotic trophy plants co-exist with native flora in the Pembrokeshire National Park.

Winterbourne

Winterbourne is one of the best surviving examples of an Edwardian Arts and Crafts suburban villa garden. Offering colour and interest throughout the year the Grade II listed garden is home to a beautiful walled garden, striking colour themed borders, glasshouses, original sandstone rock garden and stream side planting.

Dingle Nurseries

The Dingle Nursery and Garden is set in the heart of glorious mid-Wales. We stock an extensive range of hardy trees and plants including large specimens. Bare-root hedging, forestry and fruit are also available in season. Experienced staff are always on hand for help and advice for any size project. We deliver nationwide if we can’t fit everything into your car! The 4 acre R.H.S. partner garden sits alongside the nursery providing all year round colour and inspiration.

The gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle

ITALY‘S MOST BEAUTIFUL GARDEN

The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, located in Italy’s northernmost province, offers much more than stunning landscapes. It is, in fact, South Tyrol’s most popular attraction. Due to its 100-metre altitude differential, Trauttmansdorff affords breathtaking views of the surrounding Alps and the spa resort of Merano. The twelve-hectare complex is divided into four Garden Worlds displaying plants from all over the globe. Themed gardens, plant collections, botanical rarities, diverse fauna, blooming highlights, Experience Stations, Artist Pavilions and a wide array of events round out the offering. In the heart of the garden sits Trauttmansdorff Castle, once a retreat for Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sissi). Today the castle houses the first museum of tourism in the Alps, the Touriseum. After being named Italy’s Most Beautiful Garden in 2005 and Europe’s No. 6 Garden in 2006, Trauttmansdorff was honored with the International Garden of the Year award in 2013, thus joining the ranks of the world’s most illustrious gardens and parks. The botanical garden was created by Laimburg Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, South Tyrol’s leading centre of expertise for agriculture, and now forms part of the Agentur Landesdomäne, which manages the properties of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano – South Tyrol.

David Austin’s Rose Gardens

Take a relaxing stroll around David Austin’s world famous gardens and enjoy the spectacular displays of fragrant roses, which flower in flushes throughout the summer right up until the first frosts. Filled with over 700 different rose varieties; the gardens are divided into six themed areas, each designed to inspire visiting rose lovers and gardeners.

Open: 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week, free of charge Visit: David Austin Roses, Bowling Green Lane, Albrighton, Shropshire WV7 3HB

Woottens Plants

Woottens of Wenhaston’s main specialities are Auriculas, Clivias, Hemerocallis, Iris, Pelargoniums and Violas. It also offers one of the largest ranges of Herbaceous plants in England. Nursery Horticultural courses now available

Welford Park

The Lambourn Valley is famous for its prolific snowdrops growing in the roadside banks, ditches and fields. As you walk from the car park to the entrance you cannot fail to be delighted by the luxurious spread both sides of the main avenue under the century old lime trees.

Botanic Gardens

An oasis of delightful gardens, peaceful and tranquil, just one mile from the city centre. Opened in 1832, these historic Gardens are home to fascinating plant collections.

Capel Manor Gardens

You’ll find plenty of inspiration at Capel Manor Gardens, with more than sixty beautifully themed and historical gardens and landscapes, including winning show gardens from previous RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows. You will find a colourful and scented oasis spread across 34 acres with a Georgian Manor House and Victorian Stables. Our growing animal collection and special events throughout the season make Capel Manor an enchanting day out for all ages.

Explore our gift shop full of treats, stationary and seasonal gifts and let our Manor Flowers team wow you with their creations. They cater for all occasions, whether it’s a bouquet, planted design or a grand flower masterpiece.

Capel Manor Gardens is conveniently located off Junction 25 on the M25 with free parking and restaurant.

Don’t miss our:

· Fairy Forest opening later this year · Japanese Garden (which seeks balance between the ‘in’ and ‘yo’ – the Japanese equivalent of the Chinese ‘yin’ and ‘yang’) · The National Gardening Centre (front and back domestic sized gardens to offer inspiration) · 17th Century Style Gardens · Koi Pond and Japanese Rock Garden · Italianate Maze with viewing platform (designed and created by Adrian Fisher, the world’s most prolific maze designer) · Woodland Walk · The Walled Garden Scented Pelargonium House · Display House (including a Cactus collection) · The Old Manor House Garden · Which? Gardening Trial Gardens

Spring Reach Nursery

VISIT SURREY’S FINEST NURSERY

Just 5 mins. from RHS Wisley Fantastic home grown range of Trees, Hedging, Fruit, Ferns, Shrubs, Perennials, Roses, Climbers and Grasses with expert advice.

Downderry Nursery

Downderry is the country’s premier lavender nursery and has the world’s only Scientific National Plant Collection of Lavenders. RHS shows multiple Gold medalists.

Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens

The gardens that visitors see today at 18th Century Kelmarsh Hall today are largely inspired by society decorator and former resident, Nancy Lancaster. She extended her interior style of shabby chic charm into the gardens and drafted in the garden designer of her day, the talented Norah Lindsay, to help.

Ness Botanic Gardens

Award-winning Ness Botanic Gardens were founded in 1898 by Arthur Bulley, a Liverpool cotton merchant with a passion for gardens and plant collecting.

Woolbeding Gardens

Nestled in a quiet corner of West Sussex lies Woolbeding Gardens, a horticultural haven bursting with colourful planting, sensational views and an array of surprises. Woolbeding delights at every turn with distinctive garden rooms set against thoughtfully composed borders. Open Thursday and Fridays, pre-booking is essential on 0344 249 1895.

Hunting Brook Gardens

Hunting Brook is one of Ireland's largest private collections of plants and home to many examples of the exquisitely colourful, large-scale planting combinations, for which Jimi Blake has become so well known. The constant changing palette of plants, reflects this very modern garden-maker’s unbounded enthusiasm for creative gardening. He shares his enthusiasm generously with those who visit the garden, or who have enrolled in his Plantsperson’s Course, which runs one day a month over the course of a year. Jimi’s endgame is to find the very best, longest-flowering perennials, grow them in combination with the very best foliage plants in a way that’s both modern and inventive, to ensure that Hunting Brook looks great from early spring until first hard frost. This is a modern garden set in an ancient landscape - at the bottom of a secret, shady gorge is the chattering mountain stream that gives Hunting Brook its name and meandering paths will take you to a solitary Bronze Age standing stone which keeps watch over Jimi’s endeavours.

‘Hunting Brook is a garden that is endlessly beguiling and however many times your visit it you always find something new’ – Monty Don

Readyhedge

Readyhedge, based at Court Gate Nursery near Pershore, Worcestershire, have been growing and supplying top quality hedging plants to landscape designers and gardeners since 2003.

The National Botanic Garden of Wales

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is a very special place. The first botanic garden of the millennium is 12 years old and is busy blossoming into a beautiful, much-talked-about jewel in the crown of UK gardens.

Rookwood Garden & Gift Fair

Dont miss out on this event with numerous specialist nurseries and gift stalls, willow weaving and demonstrations by Denius Parsons the chainsaw sculptor and a chance to buy his amazing sculptures.

Lydiard Park

Lydiard Park’s Walled Garden is a beautiful and tranquil place to enjoy through all the seasons. Built in a rhombus shape, it’s a rare example of an 18th century Walled Garden. Come and see trimmed shrubs alternating with individually planted flowers and bulbs including rare daffodils and tulips, sweet peas, annuals and wall-trained fruit trees. There are also unique features including a well and sundial.

Château de Saint-Jean de Beauregard

A real haven of verdant tranquillity only 30 minutes south of Paris in the Regional Natural Park of the Haute Vallée de Chevreuse, the Château de Saint-Jean de Beauregard is a choice destination for garden lovers from all over the world. Its kitchen garden, completely walled like most 17th century kitchen gardens, is one of the few castle kitchen gardens to have survived intact. A masterpiece of the art of the flowering kitchen garden, this garden of delights covers two hectares and houses a whole host of rare and forgotten flowers, fruit and vegetables in a series of beautiful, continually renewed compositions. The restoration of this garden in 1984 was made possible by the discovery of its original plans in the chateau’s archives. Classified Historic Monument in 1993 and recognized as Jardin Remarquable in 2005, this outstanding garden is a choice destination for garden lovers from all over the world and a source of constant inspiration for many gardeners.

Spectrum Trees

Spectrum Trees offers a range of tree packages from conventional wire root-balled trees to container-grown plants in sizes ranging from 10 to 1500 litres, which also includes trees in spring ring (air pots).

At the Garden Gate

At The Garden Gate is a small independent nursery nestled deep in the Galloway hills of lowland Scotland. We sell heritage variety seeds and plants and also have a small market garden in which we supply produce to local farm shops. All our stock is grown with love and care and we do not use chemicals.

Binny Plants

One of Scotland’s top nurseries specialising in herbaceous plants including Peonies, woodland and clay tolerant plants. A good selection of Ferns, Grasses and Shrubs also available. Mail Order send out all across the British Isles and Europe.

Scone Palace Gardens

A visit to Scone Palace would be incomplete without enjoying the stunning Palace grounds including the Victorian pinetum, kitchen garden and star shaped maze, they are as splendid as the Palace itself and together form a great day out in Perthshire

Ham House and Garden

Found on the banks of the River Thames, Ham is one of London’s secret treasure houses with garden and house designed together: imaginatively re-created over the last 40 years. With formal gardens that include the Cherry Garden parterre and long borders, a seventeenth century woodland wilderness complete with summer houses and sixteen compartments and a large, productive walled kitchen garden, Ham’s gardens are continually being developed.

2018 brings a continued focus on a spring bulb display throughout the gardens and an enlarged Kitchen Garden complete with historic crops and planting styles. Summer sees the garden team highlighting the role of edible flowers throughout the last 400 years. Summer and autumn is spent harvesting vegetable and fruit bounty - come and try our seasonal dishes in the Orangery Café, pick your own from our family tasting garden and take home a Ham Vegetable bag. In winter, visitors come to see a large collection of frosted topiary and clipped hedges, with further symmetry of domed lavender.

Broadleigh Gardens

Based in Somerset, UK, Broadleigh Gardens has been leading the field in the propagation and mail-order retail of small bulbs for over 40 years. We are a Family run business and you can be assured of top quality bulbs from us.

Hever Castle & Gardens

Hever Castle, set in the heart of the Garden of England, is a romantic double moated 13th century castle, once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. The 125 acres of formal and natural award winning gardens are the masterpiece of William Waldorf Astor who between 1904 and 1908 created a garden paradise.

Burncoose Nurseries

A specialist mail order plant supplier offering the widest, most extensive range of mature (not plug) plants available in the UK. Specialities include camellias, azaleas, magnolias and conservatory plants but their range also extends to ornamental trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, many of which are rare and exclusive to Burncoose.

Wykeham Mature Plants

Specialist grower of large trees, specimen shrubs and instant hedging for immediate impact. Specialists in screening for privacy and security. Yorkshire grown – hardiness guaranteed! Advisory services and nationwide delivery available. “Yorkshire grown - Supplying trade and public for over forty years from our 150 acre nursery.

Dyffryn Fernant

Tucked into a valley in the lee of the Preseli uplands just before they plunge into the sea at Dinas Island in North Pembrokeshire, Dyffryn Fernant is a wonderful surprise. Modern yet attached to the ancient past, naturalistic in its planting as well as exotic and stylised in parts. Six acres of exuberant planting give way to wild marsh, water and moorland. The Front Garden is an ebullient burst of colour against the raspberry fool coloured house and the Courtyard a mix of exotic architectural foliage. The Rickyard, with its swathes of planting and ordered topiary, overlooks the ever changing herbaceous borders of the Orchard, leading on to the specie rich marsh on the valley floor and the wild landscape beyond. The towering gunneras and other giant plants of the Bog Garden give it a prehistoric feel, set off by the shining obelisk at its centre. In Nicky's Field, the geometric display of ornamental grasses bring sound and movement in the wind. The wide variety of environments and the abundance of sitting places invite you to take your time and to investigate this place from different angles and perspectives.

"This is the very best of Atlantic Coast garden making…the essence of sense of place." Noel Kingsbury.

Cotswold Garden Flowers

You can now purchase our range of plants online using the ‘BUY PLANTS’ tab on our website link below. If the plant you require does not appear in this section it is not currently in stock. Please note we only charge your credit card when the plants are despatched.

Scotland's Gardens

Scotland’s Gardens, a registered charity founded in 1931, facilitates the opening of Scotland’s finest gardens to the public as a means of raising funds for other worthy charities.

Petersham Nurseries

Petersham Nurseries in South-West London is a destination of beauty and gardening inspiration. Spectacular seasonal displays and a sensational cutting garden compliment an abundance of verdant foliage and flora handpicked by an expert horticultural team. Find herbaceous perennials, shrubs, trees, old fashioned roses, seeds, vegetables and wildflowers including unusual and heritage varieties of all. Regular gardening workshops throughout the year, plus an onsite teahouse and restaurant.

Pennard Plants

Everything we grow can be eaten by you! – 600 varieties of heritage & heirloom vegetable seeds, best new introductions, and probably the largest range of edible plants and seed potatoes in the UK! Fruit tree pruning courses.

High Beeches Woodland and Water Garden

One of the best (and most magical) of the famous Sussex woodland gardens. The 27 acre original woodland has been thinned and sensitively planted with exotics, many of them rare, to enhance the natural landscape and create a plantsman’s paradise. A place of great beauty and tranquillity, there are numerous specimen trees as well as a magnificent collection of award winning shrubs, camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and much more.

There is something different to see at every season. In spring the magnolias and camellias are under planted with swathes of miniature narcissi and by early summer woodland glades are carpeted with native bluebells and filled with the colour and fragrance of the many splendid rhododendrons and azaleas.

In the summer the best ancient acid wildflower meadow in the south east is full of orchids, ox eye daisies, cowslips and many other wildflowers and grasses, a spectacular sight attracting numerous insects and butterflies. As far as possible plants are allowed to naturalise including narcissi, primulas and the blue willow gentians which flourish here, the only garden in the country where they have naturalised.

Autumn brings a glorious display of autumn colour provided by the many acers, liquidambers and nyssas.

Dibley’s Nursery

Rex Dibley started growing Streptocarpus as a hobby 40 years ago and now grows over a hundred varieties. Dibleys Nurseries is a family run business and over the past 15 years the range of plants grown here at the nursery has increased dramatically.

Newby Hall

Newby Hall’s award winning gardens, created in the early 1920s, have evolved over the years making a major contribution to 20th century gardening.

Athelhampton House & Gardens

One of England’s finest 15th-century manor houses with stunning architectural gardens, which the house is set within. Four ham stone courts in the Elizabethan style create a formal structure, with superb planting and fountains and pools throughout. The Great Court has evolved over 100 years into a unique topiary spectacle with 12 giant yew pyramids standing nine metres high.

Fondation Claude Monet, Giverny

Welcome to the world of the painter and gardener Claude Monet. For over 40 years, until his death in 1926, Giverny was his home, his site of creation and his masterpiece. A world of senses, of colours and of memories, the house in which the artist and his family lived notably contains his studio-sitting room and his exceptional collection of Japanese prints. The gardens are composed of the Clos Normand, with its flowerbeds, and the Water Garden, planted with oriental vegetation and weeping willows, its Japanese bridge painted green and its water lilies. With a passion for gardening as well as for colours, he conceived both his flower garden and water garden as true works of art. Walking through his house and gardens, visitors can still feel the atmosphere which reigned at the home of the Master of Impressionism and marvel at the floral compositions and Nymphéas, his greatest sources of inspiration.

Doddington Hall & Gardens

For many, the Gardens at Doddington are just as spectacular as the Hall itself - remaining faithful to the original Elizabethan layout, mellow walls provide the framework for the formal East Front and West Gardens and beyond the West Gardens begin the lovingly restored Wild Gardens.

A regular pattern of box edging and topiary follows the outer original Elizabethan walls, leaving the central view of the Hall from the Gatehouse uninterrupted. Standing guard in the forecourt are four topiary unicorns, representing the Jarvis family crest. The West Garden, reorganised in 1900 with the help of experts from Kew, is a riot of colour from April through to September. Wide borders filled with botanical surprises such as the naturalised Crown Imperials, elegant Edwardian daffodils and a Handkerchief Tree frame a tapestry of box-edged parterres bursting with glorious bearded irises in late May–early June.

The Wild Garden, a spectacular pageant of spring bulbs begins in early February with wonderful snowdrops and crocus, continuing through March and early April with drifts of lilies and our collection of heritage daffodils, aconites and snake head fritillaries, right up until May when our famous irises steal the show in the West Garden.

Peter Beales Roses

The Peter Beales nursery is situated in the market town of Attleborough in Norfolk. Specialising in old-fashioned roses, this working nursery offers the widest range of finest quality roses available within the UK and with an ever increasing range of top quality shrubs and herbaceous stock too, this nursery is a must for any garden enthusiast.

The two acre display gardens are a fundamental part of the nursery, with conventional and contemporary planting schemes they provide an inspirational insight into the versatility of the rose. Recently extended to include a dedicated wildlife and woodland area and planted with especially chosen cultivars to create the perfect habitat for insects and mammals, this wildlife haven has been created to inspire and educate visitors into the importance of wildlife and the benefits they bring to the garden.

Throughout the year the gardens host a range of events ranging from a specialist plant, food and craft fair, cultivation courses and workshops to a rose festival weekend dedicated to everything rosy!

Entrance to the display gardens is free and they are open to the public throughout the year, seven days a week. Conveniently located just half a mile off the A11 the nursery also has a comfortable fully licensed Tea Room and Restaurant which offers much more than a standard in-house Tea room - with a varied lunch time menu offering a wide range of possibilities from afternoon tea to a broad selection of hot meals available daily . All food is prepared to order using local produce and served by the friendly waiting team. The range of food includes vegetarian and gluten free options, special diets can also be catered for. During the summer months diners can enjoy their meal alfresco, whilst taking in the ambience of the rose gardens.

The rose and garden-lover theme is also reflected in the extensive range of quality gifts. A comprehensive selection of hard wearing complementary tools, pots and gardening accessories are also available, including garden bird and wildlife care products and natural pest control alternatives.

Open Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm; Sunday & Bank Holidays 10.00am to 4.00pm excluding the usual Christmas and New Year holidays.

An extensive selection of the roses and plants are also available to purchase mail order from the informative website www.classicroses.co.uk

Gee Tee Bulb Company

Gee Tee Bulb Company offers first-class flower bulbs to private users and trade professionals looking for good value and quality. We are a family owned business that has been selling bulbs wholesale since 1961.

Borde Hill Garden

Botanical heritage and stunning landscapes make Borde Hill Garden the perfect day out for horticultural enthusiasts, country lovers and families. The Garden, created in 1900's is renowned for its rare shrubs and champion trees, combines outstanding vistas with intimate formal 17 acre Garden. Series of distinctive 'garden rooms', each with their own individual style, including the Azalea, Rhododendron, Rose and Italian Gardens.

Carlow Garden Trail

OPEN all year round, the Carlow Garden Trail currently features 21 different gardening attractions with an additional three gardens in the surrounding counties of Kildare and Wexford. The trail includes great old gardens that have been lovingly restored and maintained throughout the years, and smaller gardens which are maturing beautifully with time. Award winning garden centres and forest parks complement the joy of a visit here. The Carlow Garden Trail ranges from small to very large gardens, garden centres and forest parks and from old to new, so there is something to stimulate both the novice and experienced gardener. Known for its mild and temperate climate, County Carlow in Ireland’s sunny South East is the ideal destination for your gardening trip.

Cerney Gardens

Cerney House gardens is a romantic English garden for all seasons. There is a beautiful secluded Victorian walled garden which features herbaceous borders overflowing with colour. The informal planting in combination with our beautiful setting gives a unique and charming atmosphere. Early in the year we have a wonderful display of snowdrops, in spring we feature a magnificent display of tulips and during the summer the rambling romantic roses come to life. Enjoy our woodland walk and new for 2018 is the extended nature trail.

Open: Daily from January to October 2018. 10 am -7pm (during summer months). Adults £5 Children £1 Groups welcome by arrangement. Tea, Coffee and Home-made cakes. Dogs welcome.

Long Acre Plants

Long Acre Plants is essentially a mail order plantsman's nursery, in the hidden triangle of Somerset that slides into Dorset and Wiltshire.

Pensthorpe

Set in the heart of the Norfolk countryside, in the beautiful and tranquil Wensum Valley, Pensthorpe is an award-winning mix of meandering nature trails and beguiling woodland walks, and a showcase for British wildlife and nature conservation.

Abbeywood Estate

The Gardens at Abbeywood are set within a 45 Acre Estate. The long flowering herbaceous borders of the Main Garden and the Pool, Chapel and Pergola Gardens each bursting with sensational colour. The Exotic Garden is a real showstopper in the summer months, until the first frost.

Mornington Garden

Mornington, not a huge garden, only 3/4 of an acre, it keeps me busy.Comprising of a large lawn, herbaceous and gravel borders, vegetable and fruit garden, lots of mature trees.I seem to spend most of my time general gardening - which I really like.I love its memories and family history.Planted in the mid 30ies, I can see the benefit of a good design, as it is difficult to improve and change.Gardens, like us, are always moving forward, and how do I improve and it? I returned to study both horticulture and garden design so as to give me the tools - I am still trying. Opening the garden to like-minded visitors is wonderful. I enjoy sharing and learning from fellow enthusiasts.Energy is exchanged and it allows me to develop the garden more. With all that is happening in the world, our gardens can play a role not only in improving our physical, mental health but the worlds.By sharing and learning, we can help others understand the benefits of gardening well, encouraging and providing for all the creatures we live alongside. We need to leave” Hand Prints not Foot Prints” Look forward to meeting you.

National Trust’s Cliveden

A majestic vision set high above the Thames as it winds its way to the capital, Cliveden is a proud celebration of status and splendour. Encircled by astonishing views of river beneath and land beyond, endless narratives of passion, pleasure and politics lie embedded within its grounds. Forbidden loves bookend its scandalous history, with two affairs three centuries apart threatening both reputation and honour. From Fleming’s planting innovation to women’s first major step on the political pathway – at Cliveden, trends are not only followed, but created.

Six powerful families have embellished and enhanced and the vestiges of them all still echo distinctly like whispers in the Sounding Chamber deep beneath the house. Layers of legacies have woven a rich tapestry into the designed landscape adorned with gilded iron and world-renowned statuary. It is a place in which to entertain, and to be entertained: everything is perfectly designed for pleasure. From the ordered lines of the remarkable Parterre to the tranquil charm of the secluded Round Garden, the hidden glades of the woodlands and the gentle serenity of the river – each has a purpose. Nature and structure exist in harmony: bats adopting Fernery walls, Red Kites gliding above the Terrace. Cliveden is not just the glitterati, the famous owners or the shocking headlines.

Sudeley Castle

Ancient trees and parkland lead the eye from the surrounding Cotswold Hills into the award-winning gardens of Sudeley Castle, near Winchcombe in Gloucestershire.

Myddelton House Gardens

Within Lee Valley Regional Park’s 10,000 acres is Myddelton House Gardens. Discover the fascinating story of Edward Augustus Bowles, one of Britain’s most famous self-taught gardeners,

Miles Nurseries

Improved and expanded for Spring 2016. Visit our nursery ‘Cash & Carry’ for keen professional and amateur gardeners and designers. We particularly specialise in plants for shade but grow and stock an extensive range of interesting shrubs, perennials, grasses and trees. Find us at: Miles Nurseries Ltd, Brooksby Rd, Hoby, Melton Mowbray, LEICESTERSHIRE. LE14 3EA Tel 01664 434113

Glenveagh National Park

This is the great garden of Donegal, much visited and yet unspoiled since it is reached by shuttle bus 4km from the Visitor Centre. The landscape setting is starkly dramatic – at Glenveagh National Park the bare hulks of Dooish and Keamnacally mountains rise above the peaty waters of Lough Veagh. The castle is placed with romantic effect at the centre where it is surrounded by its magical woodland gardens.

The original Victorian garden was first laid out for Mrs Adair from 1885. The gardens were further developed by Henry P McIlhenny assisted by Jim Russell and Lanning Roper in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s with extensive new planting and the addition of classical elements that include a Tuscan garden, Italian Terrace and the famous 67 Steps. Tree rhododendrons and magnolias grace the woods with under-plantings of azaleas, hostas, astilbes and rodgersias. Eucryphias shower the garden with white petals in autumn. The Walled Garden is packed with colour from March to October with fine displays of fruit, vegetables and herbs grown for ornamental effect.

At Glenveagh one has the sense that the true artistic potential of horticulture is realised. Managed by National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Buscot Park

Open 30th March – 30th September.

Buscot Park is the family home of the Lords Faringdon, who continue to look after the mansion, gardens and grounds on behalf of The National Trust.

The beautiful Georgian mansion contains the extraordinary Faringdon Collection of furniture and objets d’art, which includes paintings by Rembrandt, Reynolds, Rubens, Murillo and many more. Its world-famous saloon was decorated with a series of 14 paintings called The Legend of the Briar Rose by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones. These show his version of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty.

The gardens below and beyond the mansion are exciting to explore. The “Four Seasons” is set within the high walls of the old vegetable garden and offers year round interest with floral borders and sculptures. The Pleasure Grounds are divided into five sections by tree-lined avenues that lead to a citrus garden, a “Swing Garden”, the tallest sundial in England, and the renowned Water Garden designed by Harold Peto where cascades lead past sculptures down to a fountain, bridge and lake. Buscot Park offers many memorable experiences to visitors.

Gardens open Mon-Fri 2pm-6pm and some weekends including Bank Holidays. Entry £7.00.

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