TOP 5 ENGLISH GARDENS – Its fair to say at this time of year, visiting a garden may not be at the top of your activity list. However, you may be missing out on some incredible beauty that is right on your door step…
5. The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell, Cornwall
This magical garden located in the north of Cornwall has been compared to a jungle due to its ‘Jurassic like’ plantation and huge rhododendrons and camellias. However its not to be mistaken as an out of control mess, in fact its beauty has wondered many over the years, and is a playground for the Victorian rich and famous. Having been written about in Daphne du Maurier novel it is a popular attraction, but not for the faint hearted.
4. Stowe Landscape Gardens, Buckinghamshire
If you are a fan of monuments, statues, or even temples then Stowe is somewhere every garden lover should visit at least once. Designed by 18th-century landscaper Capability Brown, the gardens flow through the Buckinghamshire countryside for miles and miles. Not only does it feature vast lakes but also huge classical constructions.
3. The Eden Project, Cornwall
The second of Cornwall’s not so modest appearances in this list, being one of Britains most visited attraction, it would be a crime to not mention it. Set inside three futuristic ‘bubbles’ these gardens are admired by young and old. An inspiring day out due to its waterfalls, humidity levels and china play put, its not hard to feel like you have stepped into another land.
2. Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire
This Victorian garden is not only home to a mass amount of monuments and grand statues. It also features mazes, living walls and a wide variety of foreign flowers. It also features a zoo, consisting of monkeys, meerkats and once home to an elephant!
1. Alnwick Gardens, Northumberland
The gardens second most famous feature are the large waterfalls running down steps throughout the gardens. Visitors stand in awe as they watch the impressive monument which has been known to light up on special occasions. However this is not the most impressive feature of these grand gardens. They are also home to a little known production company called Harry Potter. Heard of it? The gardens therefore can be enjoyed by young and old, or super fans of the massive franchise.
If you are an avid gardener, and enjoy turning your garden into one of England’s finer landscapes then I hope this article has provided a little inspiration.