Drummond Castle Gardens, Perthshire, Scotland

"The best example of formal terraced gardens in Scotland" is a somewhat lofty claim. But honestly, when I arrived at dawn on a very cold and frosty morning last week I was in total agreement as I quite literally almost wept for joy at seeing the expansive gardens and topiary laid out before me, as... Continue Reading →

Bodenham Arboretum

Described as 'Worcestershire's hidden garden', Bodenham Arboretum, near Kidderminster is a great day out for anyone wishing to walk in delightful surroundings.  The site spans 134 acres and is set in a natural bowl shaped valley with a number of lakes and pools fed by ground springs.  There are over 3000 species of trees around... Continue Reading →

Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Yorkshire

Autumn is the most wonderful time to visit an arboretum and Thorp Perrow near Bedale in Yorkshire is truly one of the most lovely.  The estate is privately owned by the Ropner family whose ancestor, Sir William Ropner purchased the estate in 1927. Each generation of Ropners have made their mark at Thorp Perrow.  Currently... Continue Reading →

Gravetye Manor, Sussex

Gravetye Manor, on the Kent/Sussex border was built in 1598 and is a fine example of Elizabethan architecture.  It was bought in 1885 by William Robinson, an early advocate of the naturalistic planting style that has since been copied in gardens across the world.  During his time at Gravetye, Robinson created the sloping gardens to... Continue Reading →

Bridge Nursery, Napton, Warwickshire

Bridge Nursery in Napton, Warwickshire is one of those places that is frequently advertised as being open under the National Gardens Scheme and yet I never seem to have managed to visit!  Until now, that is, and I am so glad that I finally made the trip. Napton is derived from the old English cnaepp meaning 'hilltop'... Continue Reading →

Rockcliffe, Gloucestershire

A mellow Cotswold stone house sitting handsomely in surrounding parkland is most likely to be high on many people's list of 'dream house & garden' combinations. Situated near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, the garden at Rockcliffe is open only once or twice a year and is well worth a visit. The grassy steps leading up to... Continue Reading →

Wappenham NGS Open Gardens

If you happen to live in Northamptonshire or Oxfordshire you may possibly have heard of Wappenham, but I would like to bet that not many people know of this village's existence.  It's a tiny village - sadly no pub or shop but what it does have is a number of jolly nice gardens. We were... Continue Reading →

Cottesbrooke Gardens, Northamptonshire

  Cottesbrooke Hall and Gardens are open on Wednesdays and Thursdays which is not much good if one works full time!  Luckily the gardens are also open under the National Gardens Scheme once a year and we were lucky enough to be in the area at the right time this year. The Queen Anne house... Continue Reading →

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