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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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Chatsworth House and Garden by Charles Hawes©

Chatsworth House Gardens, Peak District

Derbyshire, Chatsworth House and Gardens. A must visit for everyone!

Chiswick House Gardens

Chiswick House Gardens, London

London, Beautiful gardens surround the historic Chiswick House

The beautiful Cholmondeley Castle Gardens

Cholmondeley Castle Gardens, near Malpas

Cheshire, Chomondeley Castle is one of Cheshire's Gardens of Distinction. see why!

Compton Acres Garden

Compton Acres Gardens, near Poole

Dorset, Compton Acres has 10 acres of gardens with lovely views over Poole Harbour and the distant Purbeck Hills.

Constable Burton Hall Gardens

Constable Burton Hall Garden, near Leyburn

Yorkshire, Constable Burton Hall and its gardens are set in beautiful countryside at the entrance to Wensleydale

Crarae Gardens

Crarae Garden,near Inveraray

Argyll and Bute, Crarae Gardens on the banks of Loch Fyne, on the west coast of Scotland.

Croome Court Park Gardens

Croome Court Park and Gardens near Worcester

Worcestershire, Croome Court in Worcestershire is another wonderful landscape from Capability Brown and was one of his first creations.

The wonderful quirky Dewstow Gardens

Dewstow Gardens and Grottoes, near Chepstow

Monmouthshire, Dewstow Gardens and Grottoes is one of the least known of all the attractions in South Wales, but also one of the most interesting.

Dyffryn Fernant Garden

Dyffryn Fernant Garden, near Fishguard

Pembrokeshire, An exceptionally interesting and enjoyable garden' (Noel Kingsbury, The Garden).

Dyrham Park Winter Garden

Dyrham Park House and Gardens, near Bath

Gloucestershire, Dyrham Park near Bath is a wonderful place to visit any time of year with a colourful winter garden

Easton Lodge as they were before they were abandoned

Easton Lodge Garden

Essex, The Easton Lodge Garden is set in 23 acres and is well worth a visit

Englefield House Garden

Englefield House Garden, near Reading

Berkshire, The formal garden at Englefield House was laid out in the 17th century and the terraces and stone staircases were built in 1860.

Erddig House and Gardens

Erddig House and Gardens, near Wrexham

Gwynedd, Erddig is a very special place - a unique family home with great gardens that has captured the way of life of a bustling household during the early years of the last century.

Fairhaven Woodland Garden

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

Norfolk, The Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is a great place to visit with the family

Gardens to visit Dartmouth

Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Devon, A lovely informal garden covering 43 acres, great for wildlife with lakes and streams.

Forde Abbey and Gardens

Forde Abbey and Gardens

Somerset, The fantastic abbey dates from the 12th century and is a must see.

Glendoick Garden

Glendoick Gardens near Perth

Perthshire, At Glendoick Garden in Perthshire you will see one of the finest collections of rhododendrons and azaleas, primula, meconopsis, kalmia and sorbus in this great woodland garden.

Glenwhan Garden

Glenwhan Gardens, Stranraer

Wigtownshire, Glenwhan has been described as one of the best newly created gardens in recent times and is regarded as one of Scotland’s important gardens.

The Goltho Garden

Goltho Gardens, near Market Rasen

Lincolnshire, The garden boasts a long grass walk flanked by abundantly planted mixed borders, from which a network of paths and walkways meander.

Great Chalfield Manor Gardens

Great Chalfield Manor & Garden, near Melksham

Wiltshire, Great Chalfield manor and Garden was given to the National Trust in 1943.

Great Dixter Gardens

Great Dixter House & Gardens

Sussex, Great Dixter is the family home of the late Christopher Lloyd, who had devoted his lifetime to creating one of the most experimental, exciting and constantly changing gardens of our time.

Green Island Garden

Green Island Gardens, near Colchester

Essex, Green Island Gardens…..A Little Piece of Heaven on Earth

Hampton Court Gardens - Herefordshire

Hampton Court Gardens - Herefordshire

Herefordshire, Medieval Magnificence in a Magical Setting. Extending for over 1000 acres across prime Herefordshire Countryside, Hampton Court Castle is framed by its vast estate that shares over 600 years of history and English heritage.

Jilly Sutton's 'Fallen Deodar' at Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

Surrey, If you are in Surrey and like art then you might want to visit the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

Hestercombe Gardens

Hestercombe Gardens. Taunton

Somerset, Hidden away a few miles from Taunton are 50 acres of parkland boasting beautiful formal gardens and 3 centuries of garden history.

Hever Castle Garden

Hever Castle and Gardens

Kent, Hever Castle, on the Kent border have lovingly tended gardens bringing colour and life all the year round surround.

The wonderful Gardens at Highnam Court in Gloucestershire

Highnam Court Gardens

Gloucestershire, The Gardens at Highnam Court have been lovingly restored and expanded. Sir Hubert Parry the famous composer once lived here.

Hindringham Hall Garden

Hindringham Hall Gardens

Norfolk, Looks wonderful. Three acres of gardens within and without the 12th century moat surrounding a Tudor Manor House.

Hole Park Gardens

Hole Park Gardens

Kent, Tucked away in the Weald of Kent, between the pretty village of Rolvenden and the charming town of Cranbrook, lies Hole Park Gardens which has to be one of the best gardens in Kent.

Endsleigh Garden

Hotel Endsleigh Garden, Tavistock

Devon, Endsleigh Garden was designed and created by Humphrey Repton in 1814

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