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Water Gardens to visit

water gardenThere are many water gardens in the Britain, many where water is a natural feature of the garden and others manmade. Very often water was diverted from rivers to ponds and lakes. We feature gardens where water is used to enhance the design.

Many of the early water gardens featured canals rather than lakes, Westbury Court a formal Dutch Garden escaped from the grip of landscape designers like Capability Brown. Forde Abbey also has a long canal behind the Abbey which looks beautiful throughout the year.

Perhaps one of the best examples of a landscape garden with lake was not by Capability Brown but by Henry Hoare at Stourhead. This is a stunning example which is difficult to surpass.

Harold Peto was a great designer of Water Gardens and one of his best examples is at Buscot House, with a long canal with bridges leading through an avenue of trees to a lake.

Cascades were also a feature and the one at Chatsworth House is a great example. More recently the cascade at Alnwick is a modern take and well worth visiting.

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Aberglasney Gardens

Aberglasney Gardens, near Llangathen

Carmarthenshire, Aberglasney was made famous by the BBC television series ‘A Garden Lost in Time’ which followed its restoration.

Adlington Hall Gardens

Adlington Hall and Gardens, near Macclesfield

Cheshire, Adlington Hall and Garden is situated in the heart of Cheshire home to the same family, the Leghs for over 600 years

Alnwick Garden

Alnwick Garden

Northumberland, The Alnwick Garden is one of the most popular gardens to visit in Britain with its superb water features and fountains.

Antrim Castle Garden - a recent garden restoration project

Antrim Castle Gardens

County Antrim, These impressive 17th century water gardens are one of the earliest of their kind remaining in the British Isles.

The Gardens at Ardmaddy Castle

Ardmaddy Castle Garden near Oban

Argyll, Ardmaddy Castle Garden surrounds a 15th century castle with lovely views to the sea.

Attadale Gardens

Attadale Garden

Ross-shire, Attadale Gardens are an ideal place to visit whether it's Spring, Summer or Autumn.

Ballindalloch Castle Garden on a sunny day with deep blue skys, green lawns and the stone castle in the background

Ballindalloch Castle Garden, near Grantown on Spey

Highland, Ballindalloch Castle Garden is in a magnificent setting in the Spey Valley between the rivers Spey and Avon.

Batsford Arboretum

Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton on Marsh

Gloucestershire, Batsford Arboretum is set in 56 acres of lovely Cotswold Countryside and contains over 1500 trees with species from all over the world.

Benington Lordship Garden, Hertfordshire

Benington Lordship Garden, near Stevenage

Hertfordshire, The historic site of Benington Lordship, and the views over surrounding parkland lend this garden a unique atmosphere.

Bennetts Water Garden, Weymouth

Bennetts Water Garden, near Weymouth

Dorset, This 8 acre site known as Bennetts Water Gardens has been landscaped to create a tranquil walk around numerous lakes with many places to sit and unwind.

The Beth Chatto Garden, Colchester

Beth Chatto Garden, near Colchester

Essex, The Beth Chatto Gardens began in 1960 when the site was an overgrown wasteland between two farms.

Bicton Park Garden, Devon

Bicton Park Botanical Garden, near Exeter

Devon, Bicton Park has lovely gardens set in 50 acres near the sea.

Bishop's Palace Garden, Wells

Bishop's Palace & Gardens, in Wells

Somerset, 14 acres of stunning RHS partner gardens around a medieval Palace.

The Hercules Garden, at Blair Castle

Blair Castle and Gardens, Blair Atholl

Perthshire, Set in stunning scenery Blair Castle and Garden is a great place to visit in Scotland

Blenheim Palace Garden, Oxfordshire

Blenheim Palace Garden, near Woodstock

Oxfordshire, With changing colours throughout the seasons', from drifts of daffodils in spring, a profusion of roses in the summer, and a rich copper glow during autumn and winter.

Bodenham Arboretum and Garden, Worcestershire

Bodenham Arboretum and Visitor Centre, near Kidderminster

Worcestershire, Bodenham Farm and Arboretum is set in a double valley covering 160 acres. The epicentre lies around the big pool and Visitor Centre.

Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden, North Wales

Conwy, This is a great garden not to be missed. Bodnant Garden is perched above the River Conwy it has views across the valley to the Snowdonia National Park.

Bodrhyddan Garden Denbighshire

Bodrhyddan Garden, near Rhuddlan

Denbighshire, Bodrhyddan has been the home of the Conwy family since the early 15th century.

Beautiful Gardens Cornwall

Bonython Estate Gardens, Helston

Cornwall, The beautiful Bonython Estate Gardens covering 20 acresnear Helston have been created by Susan Nathan and are really worth visiting

Bowood House Gardens

Bowood House and Gardens, near Chippenham

Wiltshire, Bowood House is the magnificent home of the Marquis and Marchioness of Landsdowne.

Bramham Park Landscape Garden

Bramham Park and Garden, near Wetherby

Yorkshire, Bramham Park is a great garden near Wetherby and has a French infuence, a great day out.

Gardens in Ayrshire - Brodick Castle

Brodick Castle and Gardens, Isle of Arran

Ayrshire, Nestling in the shadow of the impressive Goatfell mountain, Brodick Castle boasts a particular fine example of a woodland garden.

Bryans Ground Garden

Bryans Ground Garden, Stapleton (Nr. Presteigne)

Herefordshire, This superb garden has been developed since 1993 by David Wheeler and Simon Dorrell who are also well known for their publication 'Hortus'.

Buscot House Gardens

Buscot Park and Gardens, near Lechlade

Oxfordshire, To enjoy Buscot Park to the full, you should take time to explore the extensive gardens that surround this late 18th century house.

 Bwlch y Geuffordd Garden, Aberystwyth

Bwlch y Geuffordd Garden, Bronant, Aberystwyth

Ceredigion, This garden is situated at an altitude of 1,000 ft, the soil is thin wet peat over clay, the winters are harsh and the winds strong.

Cae Hir Garden

Cae Hir Garden, near Lampeter

Ceredigion, ‘A Welsh Garden with a Dutch History’, Cae Hir is the creation of Dutchman Wil Akkermans who started off with 3 fields of rough farmland in 1983.

Cambridge Botanic Garden

Cambridge Botanic Garden, in Cambridge

Cambridgeshire, Landscape highlights at Cambridge Botanic Garden include the Winter Garden, the richly-fragranced Scented Garden, the buzzing Bee Borders.

Capel Manor Garden

Capel Manor Garden, near Enfield

Middlesex, Capel Manor College Gardens is a great destination for a day out for Garden lovers

Gardens in Cheshire at Capesthorne Hall

Capesthorne Hall Garden

Cheshire, The Capesthorne Garden surround the Hall with woodland, parkland, and lakes.

Castle Kennedy and Garden, Scotland

Castle Kennedy and Gardens, near Stranraer

Wigtownshire, Do not miss this great garden at Castle Kennedy . Certainly a must visit.

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