Why not visit gardens for ideas? …
There are an enormous number of gardens that can be visited ranging from small to very large. All of them can give you ideas.
The National Gardening Scheme is a charity that was set up in 1927 to allow people into gardens that are normally closed to the public. They are private gardens of all sizes and found all over the UK. The gardens are opened by their owners for a very modest price of around the cost of a cup of tea and a slice of cake. It has enabled the scheme to donate £50 million to charities across the UK. For brilliant ideas and a relaxing day out why not visit a garden near you The National Gardening Scheme.
Many specialist growers have developed a garden alongside their nursery. They are fascinating nurseries and gardens to visit for ideas as well as a lovely day out. Their staff are always extremely knowledgeable. Below are three such places that I love.
Beth Chatto Gardens are amazing gardens which I first visited in the 1970s’ as a horticultural student. Beth Chatto developed her gardens from extremely poor soil and created gardens that would exist with very little water.
Bressingham Gardens was originally designed by Alan Bloom in 1962 with his passion for perennials which he grew on the nursery. He also had a passion for steam railways. His enthusiasm and passion is carried on by his family and is well worth a visit. I have visited it many times since the 1970s’.
Hillier Nurseries is one of the most well known nurseries in the UK and was founded by Edwin Hillier in 1864. When you look at their website you will see that they have several garden centres in southern UK and their plants are sold all over the country. Harold Hillier, grandson of Edwin, was passionate about developing a garden and arboretum dedicated to trees and shrubs that grow well in the UK and it is a beautiful place to visit. In the late 1970s’ it was gifted to Hampshire County Council and is known as the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and is run as a charity.
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Botanical gardens can be found in most large cities, so search for one near where you live. Let me know of gardens that you love near you and we can add them to the website.