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Where to go and what to see? Our round up of the best gardens to visit

Revealing a garden’s secrets

Emma Harris-Curtis-Monahan meets the head gardener of Dorset’s Carey’s Secret Garden, Paul Scriven, whose love affair with nature exudes from every corner of the garden Carey’s Secret Garden, outside Wareham, focuses enthusiastically, entirely and explicitly on restoration and replenishment of nature and every generation’s connection with it. Paul Scriven, head gardener, embodies this philosophical approach and when we meet he …

Daffodils at Exbury

New woodland walk kicks off spring attractions at Exbury gardens

The magnificence of Britain’s native trees will come to the fore when a new family-friendly woodland trail opens at Exbury Gardens, one of the south’s most famous gardens, next spring. The new River Walk will allow visitors to explore previously-hidden woodland within the 200-acre New Forest garden, with glimpses of the Beaulieu river estuary. Interpretation boards will explain how to spot some iconic …

Garden shows are back!

September sees more good news for gardeners who have been deprived this spring and summer of visiting plant shows and fairs. September sees more good news for gardeners who have been deprived this spring and summer of visiting plant shows and fairs.  The list of events going ahead in September continues to grow. Borde Hill one-day event attracts top nurseries A specialist …

National Garden Scheme donations continue to contribute to the country’s health and wellbeing

Despite the current coronavirus crisis that has forced all its gardens to close, National Garden Scheme Trustees are committing in excess of £1 million to its beneficiary charities and tripled its support for community garden projects throughout England and Wales this year. NGS chief executive George Plumptre said: “The current climate of uncertainty and the loss for the foreseeable future …

Reader Offer

National Garden Scheme Handbook 2020 We’re offering all Country Gardener readers the opportunity to save £3 on the RRP of the 2020 Garden Visitor’s Handbook (normal price £13.99). This iconic yellow book is the essential county by county guide to over 3,700 fabulous gardens across England and Wales, many of which are not normally open to the public. Your visits …

Lamorran House – a Cornish coastal delight

A small but simply stunning garden, it ranks highly in our ‘small is beautiful’ favourite Cornwall gardens. Lamorran isn’t always on the list of gardening visits to Cornwall. But that’s a real mistake as it’s a private coastal garden with a wonderful collection of statues, sub-tropical planting and a strong Japanese theme running through it. It is based on the …

Cerney House Gardens

by Andrew Midgley Cerney House Gardens lies in the secluded Churn Valley in the Cotswolds outside the Roman town of Cirencester, in Gloucestershire on the outskirts of North Cerney. It’s a garden that oozes romance and style whatever the season. The Bathurst Arms, on the A435, is the indicator that you are near these wonderful gardens approached opposite the pub …

A true Hampshire delight

Houghton Lodge has arguably one of the beautiful privately owned gardens in the country and remains open to visitors until the end of September. Houghton Lodge is a stunning Hampshire garden, known and loved by locals and those visitors who have been fortunate enough to discover it. The house and gardens are in the heart of the Test valley and …

Waterperry goes back to its roots

Susie Hunt re-visits the sensational Oxfordshire gardens at Waterperry where there’s a new air of optimism and changes are afoot. There are some gardens that exude a special something. It’s impossible to put your finger on exactly what it is – or even to give it a name; it’s more a case of feeling as though you can breathe again, …

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