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.
Rydal Mount & Gardens
Garden at the home of William Wordsworth, where he lived from 1813 until his death in 1850. Wordsworth was a skilled and avid gardener, The garden remains close to how the Poet designed it in line with his Romantic ideals. Sit in the Writing Hut he spent much of his time, see the rock pool system he designed and engineered or simply stand and gaze at some incredible Lake District views.
One of Europe’s grandest houses, set in 1,000 acres of parkland. Castle Howard’s unique architecture and lavish interiors are only rivalled by its extensive gardens, making it a must-see on any visit to Yorkshire. Under Castle Howard’s dramatic dome and inside its Baroque and Palladian wings, Pre-Raphaelite works of art and mementoes tell the story of the Howard family. Beyond the house, explore formal walled gardens, wild woodland paths and dramatic monuments that dot the grounds. In summer, take a boat across the Great Lake for a unique and magnificent view of the house. For a pause in your exploring, the lakeside Boathouse café overlooks the adventure playground. Kids will love exploring the secret world of rope bridges and treetop adventures on Skelf Island. And once you’ve taken in the sights, stop by the Stable Courtyard for a spot of retail therapy in the garden centre, tree nursery and gift shops.
Wakehurst is Kew's Wild Botanic Garden in Sussex. Situated on the High Weald, there are more than 500 acres of ornamental gardens, woodlands and a nature reserve to be explored. Wakehurst is also home to the Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild seed conservation project in the world. Wakehurst is managed by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Scotland's National Daffodil Festival
Backhouse Rossie Estate
Fife’s Backhouse Rossie Estate is an RHS partner garden and for good reason. Just seeing the national collection of delicate daffodils housed here, (known as the Narcissus Backhouse cultivars) is worth a visit alone, but visitors are also dazzled by the magnificent scented rose archway, said to be the longest in Scotland. A garden for all the seasons, the summer months see herbaceous borders and colourful perennials vying for attention while the towering Champion Trees and woodland walk offer up an enticing pallet of autumnal colours. Within the carefully restored walled garden, you’ll also find a medieval-style grass labyrinth decorated with alliums, the serene waters of a formal pond and lovingly renovated orchards. The estate is also packed with a host of small surprises, from a lovely Fern Walk and shade border to a children’s Bear Walk to keep the little ones happy. For those looking for activities beyond the garden, there is a 9-hole putting golf course for families. The Garden Café serves up delicious home-cooked food grown on-site, which goes perfectly with the estate’s freshly-pressed apple juice. If you're looking for a floral momento, just swing by the Backhouse Shop, which sells fresh flowers from the gardens and more.
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.