Great Garden Visits
Summer is the perfect time to get out and visit some of the most beautiful gardens the UK has to offer. A great idea too if you’re looking for inspiration for own garden space. From hidden follies to perfectly landscaped terraces, let’s take a look at some gardening gems from around the UK.
Kailzie Gardens can be found sitting on the Scottish Borders at Peebles. The house dates back to the 14th century but it wasn’t until 1962 that the current owner got to grips with the wilderness and turned it into something special. Winters are harsh here so plants need to be hardy but there is a stunning formal Rose Garden and sun dial centrepiece. The garden is open all year round.
Wyken Hall Gardens can be found at Stanton, Bury St Edmunds and features a lovely romantic 4 acre garden designed in the style of distinct ‘rooms’. The rooms surround a pink house before leading out into a more natural garden. There is also a formal kitchen garden and a beautiful rose garden with rose pergola, herbaceous borders, a wild garden, nuttery, gazebo and beech maze. A woodland walk leads to a 7 acre vineyard so you’ll be truly spoiled for choice. For your very own Garden Summer Houses NI, visit http://www.morrowsectionalbuildings.com/summer_houses.
If you fancy a visit to the place with the longest name in the world then head to Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Wales. Here you’ll find both formal and informal gardens with stunning views of Snowdonia in the background. There is an Italian-style garden to the front of the house and a terrace with waterfall and an ornate Italian fountain. The best time to visit is spring so you’re just in time.
Cascades Garden in Matlock, Derbyshire is another fine example and includes a delightful 4 acre public garden set in the historic village of Bonsall. The garden is set on many levels and includes water gardens, conifer borders, a winter garden and formal perennial beds. Set amongst the cliff tops,you’ll also experience astounding panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
Malleny Garden in Balerno is renowned for flamboyant planting and old fashioned roses with an array of beautiful, colourful planting patterns. This is also the site that has a national collection of 19th century Shrub Roses. Here you’ll also find four clipped yew trees dating back to the 17th century, a Victorian greenhouse and the surrounding woodland gives the gardens a feeling of shelter.
Snowshill Manor and Garden is a Cotswold treasure and the house itself is packed full of interesting items collected by Charles Wade. Sitting near Broadway in Gloucestershire, this location offers a great day out especially if you’re traveling with children as there are many hidden treasures in the gardens and it’s a great place to play hide and seek. There are hidden views and a search for the Priest’s House which should keep everyone entertained.