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Organisations and General Guides

  • Association of Garden Trusts -organization representing 32 County Gardens Trusts in England and Wales, engaged in conserving, researching, documenting and caring for parks, gardens and designed landscapes.
  • Essential British Gardens -a useful directory of gardens and arboretums open to the public. Includes gardens managed by The National Trust (NT), The National Trust for Scotland (NTS), Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and English Heritage (EH). Search by name or browse by region on the clickable map.
  • Garden History Society -promotes the study of the history of gardening, landscape gardening and horticulture, and the protection, conservation and restoration of historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes.
  • Historic Gardens Foundation -non profit-making organisation set up in 1995 to connect those concerned with the preservation, restoration and management of historic parks and gardens.
  • National Council for Conservation of Plants and Gardens -seeks to conserve, document, promote and make available Britain and Ireland's great biodiversity of garden plants for the benefit of horticulture, education and science.
  • National Gardens Scheme -A Charity that raises money for caring / nursing charities by opening beatiful gardens -look out for the tellow signs.
  • National Trust -extensive website, including searchable database and descriptions of Trust properties.

Public gardens

  • Bedgebury Pinetum has the finest collection of conifers in the world, which nestles quietly among lakes and valleys in the Kent countryside.
  • Beechgrove Garden -a three acre garden in Aberdeen featured in the television programme of the same name, presented by Jim McColl, Carole Baxter, Lesley Watson and Carolyn Spray.
  • Bodnant Garden -one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK, spanning some 80 acres of land situated above the River Conwy looking across the valley towards the Snowdonia range.
  • Borde Hill -garden and park near Haywards Heath, established at the turn of the century from the great plant collectors who travelled to the Himalayas, China, Burma, Tasmania and the Andes..
  • Bristol Zoo Gardens -a conservation education charity, aiming to conserve wildlife and its habitats.
  • Chatsworth House -home of the Duke of Devonshire -105 acre garden where Joseph Paxton was head gardener for more than thirty years and creator of the giant rock garden, the Emperor fountain and famous glasshouses.
  • Chelsea Physic Garden -founded in 1673, as the Apothecaries' Garden, the garden has developed a major role in public education focusing on the renewed interest in natural medicine.
  • Dorothy Clive Garden -located in Market Drayton, Staffordshire, features a superb woodland garden, an alpine scree, a damp garden and spectacular summer flower borders.
  • Eden Project -the extraordinary project with huge biodomes representing different climates set in a disused clay pit in Cornwall.
  • Exotic garden -Will Giles tropical garden in Norwich.
  • Groombridge Place -House with 17th century gardens and enchanted forest near Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
  • Hever Castle & Gardens -magnificent Italian Garden was designed by Joseph Cheal to display William Waldorf Astor's collection of Italian
    sculpture.
  • Heligan -the Lost Gardens of Heligan -Tim Smit's award winning restoration in Cornwall.
  • Museum of Garden History -based in London, this small museum includes the Tradescant Garden -a replica 17th century Knot Garden.
  • National Botanic Garden of Wales -set in the former 18th century regency
    park of Middleton Hall in Carmarthenshire, the Garden of Wales is the first national botanic garden to be created in the United Kingdom for over 200 years.
  • Ness Botanic Gardens -founded by Liverpool cotton merchant Arthur Kilpin Bulley began to create a garden in 1898.
  • Painshill Park -created by Hon Charles Hamilton between 1738 and 1773, Painshill is one of Europe's finest 18th century
    landscape gardens.
  • Renishaw Hall & Gardens -beautiful Italianate garden, park and lake were the creation of the eccentric Sir George Sitwell, grandfather of the present owner.
  • Roche Court -scuplture park in the south of England, containing the New Art Centre -specialises in work from post 1950 and is the sole representative of the Estate of Barbara Hepworth.
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew -visitor information and news.
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh -originally founded in the 17th century as a 'Physic Garden', growing medicinal plants, now has four sites in Edinburgh, Benmore, Logan and Dawyck.
  • Secret Gardens of Sandwich -in the grounds of Grade I listed house, the Salutation, sits this three and a half acre walled oasis of calm, a collaboration between Lutyens and Jekyll, that has been restored in recent years to become one of the finest gardens in Kent.
  • Sensory Garden -a photographic virtual guided tour of a specially designed garden aimed at the local and worldwide Multiple Sclerosis communities, people with other disability or chronic illness, elderly people, their carers and people who are interested in various aspects of Natural Health. A garden designed specifically to be "Positive About Disabled People". To stimulate the senses and provide a haven of peace, a place to chill-out and unwind from the stress of modern living.
  • Sir Harold Hillier Gardens & Arboretum -formerly known as the Hillier Arboretum, these gardens in Hampshire hold a collection of 42,000 hardy trees and shrubs.
  • West Dean Gardens -a classic nineteenth century designed landscape set in the rolling South Downs near Chichester.
  • Westonbirt Arboretum -18,000 trees on 600 acres with one of the finest collections in the world.
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park -one of Europe's Leading open-air galleries, located at Bretton near Wakefield, featuring work by many notable sculptors including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.

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