Hodsock Priory Snowdrops
Visitors to Hodsock Priory are greeted by an impressive Tudor Gatehouse at the end of the mile long drive. The Grounds are lovingly maintained and the formal gardens have been carefully cultivated by Lady Buchanan and her dedicated team so that there should be something in bloom during all seasons.
Scottish Snowdrop Festival
Whether you turn up in early December to cut your own Christmas tree or in late March to witness Spring’s first blooms, there really is something to see all year round at Finlaystone Gardens. Although the Finlaystone Gardens has evolved since its inception in 1900, it still retains the charm and character of a historic garden as felt in the pretty Celtic paving and the traditional charm of the walled garden. The estate offers sweeping vistas of the lapping waters of the Firth of Clyde. And thanks to the restricted play areas, you can stare out to sea in peace. As the new year unfolds, the woodlands are glazed in snowdrops while bluebells, rhododendrons and azaleas provide a welcome flash of colour at the turn of the season. Look out for unusual trees and shrubs such as Eucryphias and Embothrium. Signs of a sustainable food growing culture can be found in the vegetable garden where soft fruit and espalier trees tumble into view. The majestic Finlaystone House and accompanying woodland trails provide further roaming space, although rumbling bellies can always swing by the Garden Café.
A meandering and richly planted open garden on the east coast of Scotland. Cambo Estate offers amazing variety, from the alliums, lilacs and roses in its walled garden to one of the UK’s most impressive collections of snowdrops. One of the most interesting features of the Georgian walled garden is the burn – a gently flowing stream - that runs through it down to the sea. Start with a view of the whole garden by the twisted weeping willow, then wander past herbaceous borders packed with late-season naturalistic and prairie-style plants. In the winter, don’t miss the surrounding woodland, home to birch trees and 350 types of snowdrop. Children will love playing in the Lost Elf Village or spying on each other through the spider hole. And those in need of a good cuppa can drop into the café. There are exciting plans for a contemporary cutting garden, though you can also buy plants in the stables. Go on a tour of the gardens with Lady Catherine Erksine, who has lived at Cambo House since 1976. Learn about its history as well as its quirkier features, and which parts of the garden really come to life at different points in the year.
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
A tranquil haven amid Skye’s wild, rugged landscape. Step into the elegant castle gardens at Dunvegan and discover five acres of immaculate grounds and a romantic castle, like no other. Amble over ornate bridges in the Water Garden, where tranquil ponds are surrounded by a huge variety of colourful flowers and herbaceous plants. See the impressive Japanese Holly centrepiece in the more formal Round Garden, before wandering around the Walled Garden, with its 17th-century sundial and ‘Dunvegan Pebble’ sculpture. Then get a glimpse of the castle and Dunvegan Loch on the shady Woodland Walk. Around 30,000 of the estate’s half-hardy plants are grown from cuttings – find out more about them in the Garden Museum before a snack in the Macleod Tables Café. Or explore Dunvegan Castle itself, home to the Clan Macleod for over 800 years.
Fyvie Castle Garden & Estate
Fyvie Castle houses an 18th century walled garden which contains a collection of Scottish fruit and vegetables. There is also a loch, American garden, woodland garden and landscaped grounds.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
The Botanics captures the imagination of everyone who visits and is world renowned for its horticultural excellence. Over 70 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds provide a tranquil haven just one mile from the city centre.
Scone Palace is open for daily visits from April - October and for corporate events, weddings etc. Private tours around the grounds and gardens are conducted by head gardener, Brian Cunningham.
With its acres of fertile organic pasture and espousal of popular rural activities such as clay pigeon shooting, you might be wondering what Teasses Garden has to offer garden-enthusiasts. But thanks to some stunning restoration work, the answer is a lot. This once dilapidated plot has undergone quite the transformation since the mid-1990s when the estate was bought by Sir Fraser and Lady Morrison. And their hard work has clearly paid off. Away from the highland cattle, you’ll find billowing drifts of perennials, a fragrant English Rose garden punctuated with spicy carnations and a pond bejewelled with water lilies and fringed by the elegant Iris Sibirica and other marginal plants. Another horticultural highlight is the walled garden, where a canopy of apple, plum, and pear trees leads to glasshouses bursting with peaches, figs, and grapes. The gardens are open by appointment only but the estate also hosts garden events throughout the year, including the Scottish Snowdrop Festival, plant identification workshops and more.
Colesbourne Park Snowdrops
Set in the beautiful Churn valley in the heart of the Gloucestershire Cotswolds, Colesbourne Park has been the home of the Elwes family since 1789. The historic snowdrop collection, started by Henry John Elwes with the discovery of Galanthus elwesii in Turkey in 1874, has been greatly developed by Sir Henry and Lady Elwes in the past 25 years. It has been called 'England's greatest snowdrop garden' by Country Life. Now with a collection of 350 varieties, visitors can enjoy the snowdrops throughout the ten acre garden with its woodland and lakeside paths, the Spring Garden and Formal Garden, alongside drifts of cyclamen, hellebores and other winter plants. The surrounding park, arboretum and nearby church are also open.
Hopton Hall, dating back to 1414, lies on the edge of the White Peak National Park. Our formal gardens feature a fully restored crinkle crankle wall. Recently restored formal gardens with many new and interesting features, including; the one-acre walled garden in which we have planted over 2,000 roses in 40 individual beds surrounded by 5,000 neatly trimmed box plants. Follow the 2 km of meandering paths along the croquet lawn and rose walk, around two ornamental ponds leading to the wildlife lake, arboretum, laburnum tunnel, birch avenue and more, creating a wonderful summer spectacular with visual surprises at each corner.
Nestled in the lush Cotswold Hills is Miserdon, a garden which has managed to retain much of its 17th-century charm even as the world has evolved around it. Mature yew hedges provide a velvety green backdrop to borders which zing with colour from spring to autumn thanks to an inspired mix of shrubs and herbaceous plants. If it’s original features you’re after, Miserden has them in spades. From the magnificent Mulberry tree that dates back to 1620 to the rustic stone summerhouse and light-filled cafe housed in a striking converted glasshouse. The rose-draped pergola adds a heady splash of romance to proceedings. This garden also scores points with eco-friendly gardeners for its commitment to greening the estate as evident in the hedgerows and untamed field margins where birds and dormice happily flit about.
Grounds surrounding the ruins of the medieval Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham destroyed at the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1538. Walks through woodland, meadow and beside the Stiffkey river. Spectacular carpets of naturalised snowdrops throughout in early spring, followed by spring bulbs.
Cholmondeley Castle Gardens
Immerse yourself in the beauty, romance and history of Cholmondeley Castle Gardens. With over 70 acres of gardens and parkland to discover, it’s the ideal setting for a day out in Cheshire. The gardens are a showcase for the late Lady Cholmondeley’s love and talent for horticulture. Stroll between beautiful herbaceous borders on the Lavinia Walk. Breathe in the scent of over 250 flowers in The Rose Garden. The daffodils alone are worth a visit in spring. As is The Temple Garden in autumn, where maples and magnolias around the two lakes come to fiery life. When it’s time for a cup of tea and a piece of homemade cake, drop into the Tea Room. You can also get a glimpse of the 19th-century castle from a distance along the Deer Park Mere and Natural Trail. If your visit to Cheshire gives you time, The Cholmondeley Arms is on hand for pies and pints.
Adlington Hall & Gardens
At this sprawling 700-year old country estate in rural Cheshire, it’s not just the furniture that’s original. At its heart, you’ll find two grand old oak trees that date back to when Adlington Hall & Gardens was a humble forest lodge – making this one a real crowd-pleaser for green-fingered history buffs. In Spring, visitors are greeted with a lush carpet of bluebells, while the summer months simmer with the heady scent of the rose-festooned garden complete with elegant pillars of rambling roses. At Adlington Hall and Gardens there’s something to please all ages, from the 17th century Lime Avenue and the intricate shell adorned cottage to the Yew Maze, complete with a unicorn at its centre. Once you’ve explored the beautiful grounds, make a beeline for the oak-panelled tea rooms, where you can tour this striking house before filling up on homemade scones.
Chelsea Physic Garden
Chelsea Physic Garden
An extraordinary space at the heart of the capital. 17th Century apothecaries established Chelsea Physic Garden, and their work is continued today in its living collection of around 5,000 plants that have changed the world. Tucked away beside the Thames in one of London’s smartest boroughs, the Chelsea Physic Garden is a retreat from the buzz of the city. Within its sheltered walls, rare and unusual plants flourish: walkthrough shaded avenues and admire the gardens of edible, herbal and medicinal plants, colourful floral displays from the Atlantic islands and woodland and wilderness areas. Don’t miss the historical collections in the 100-year-old glasshouses. The Physic Garden Café serves up breakfast and lunch using British produce that you can enjoy while admiring the gardens. The garden shop is a real treat for horticultural goodies and gifts. And a whole host of events runs all year, from workshops to family activities.