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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.

For more examples please use the search facilty at the top of this page.

Endsleigh Garden

Hotel Endsleigh Garden, Tavistock

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

RHS Hyde Hall Garden

Hyde Hall Garden - RHS

Essex, RHS Hyde Hall - a great garden created on a very difficult site.

Igtham Mote and Garden

Ightham Mote Garden, near Sevenoaks

Kent, Ightham Mote and garden nestles in a sunken valley and dates from 1320.

The Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park

Isabella Plantation

London, Set in Richmond Park this Spring Garden comes alive with colour in mid April.

Kelmarsh Hall Garden

Kelmarsh Hall Gardens near Kettering

Northamptonshire, The gardens of Kelmarsh Hall Estate are essentially 20th century in origin and design and are largely attributable to Nancy Lancaster.

Places to visit Sudbury - Kentwell Hall

Kentwell Hall, Kentwell Hall garden near Sudbury

Suffolk, The gardens at Kentwell Hall are often described as 'magical'

Kildrummy Castle Garden

Kildrummy Castle Gardens, Alford

Aberdeenshire, A special garden set in a beautiful atmospheric surroundings, with lots of all year interest and colours

Kilver Court Garden

Kilver Court Garden, Shepton Mallet

Somerset

Kilver Court is a garden with a difference, in a lovely setting, the colourful displays are a treat for the eyes

The Grasses at Lady Farm Garden

Lady Farm Gardens, near Bristol

Somerset, Lady Farm garden has really been making a name for itself over recent years.

Langley Park Gardens

Langley Park Gardens, near Montrose

Angus, 3 acres of mixed herbaceous planting within 4 walled gardens, set amongst 27 acres of policies, in the grounds of the historic Langley Park House, dating from the early 18th century.

Llanerchaeron, National Trust, Wales

Llanerchaeron, National Trust, Wales

Ceredigion, This small 18th century Welsh Gentry Estate has survived virtually unaltered.

Llanover Garden

Llanover, Abergavenny

Gwent, Llanover is a fascinating and unusual private garden created in the eighteenth century by the ancestor of the current owners

Logie Gardens

Logie House Garden, Forres

Moray, Logie House Garden is beautifully maintained and set in a lovely Moray location

Longstock Water Gardens

Longstock Water Gardens

Hampshire, As summer progresses at Longstock Water Gardens further plants come to life giving vibrant colour to the garden.

Lowther Castle Garden

Lowther Castle and Gardens

Cumbria, 130 acres of lost gardens dating back 350 years set against the dramatic backdrop of a ruined early 19th century sandstone Lowther Castle, both in the process of restoration.

Lukesland Garden

Lukesland Gardens

Devon, Lukesland Gardens, described in the Good Gardens Guide as ‘one of the finest gardens of its type in the South West’, offers the visitor 24 acres of flowering shrubs, rare trees and wild flowers.

Lydney Park Spring Garden

Lydney Park Spring Gardens

Gloucestershire, Set in beautiful countryside the Lydney Spring Gardens are in an enchanted secluded wooded valley with lakes and a profusion of rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and other flowering shrubs and trees.

Manderston House Garden

Manderston House Garden

Scottish Borders, The south front of Manderston House and Garden looks across four terrace gardens which were designed by John Kinross and are still planted in Edwardian style. Image by Alistair ©

A view of Mannington Hall gardens famous for its roses

Mannington Hall Gardens, Aylsham

Norfolk, The gardens at Mannington Hall around this medieval moated manor house feature a wide variety of plants, trees and shrubs in many different settings.

Marsh Villa Garden

Marsh Villa Garden, St Austell

Cornwall, Marsh Villa Gardens has lovely old fashioned plantings in lovely location, good from April to September.

The beautiful Marwood Hill garden

Marwood Hill Garden, near Barnstaple

Devon, Marwood Hill Garden isone of the finest in Devon and a must visit!

Melbourne Hall and Garden

Melbourne Hall Garden, near Derby

Derbyshire, As you walk through the Garden Gate at Melbourne Hall, the landscape garden takes your breath away.

Minterne Gardens

Minterne Garden, near Dorchester

Dorset, Not that well known but Minterne Garden is a real gem tucked away in the Dorset countryside

Monteviot House and Garden

Monteviot House Garden

Scottish Borders, These gardens at Monteviot House are situated in lovely countryside with stunning views of the River Teviot and hills beyond.

Mount Stewart Gardens in County down, Northern Ireland

Mount Stewart House & Gardens

County Down, Mount Stewart is one of the most unique and unusual gardens that the Trust owns.

National Botanic Garden of Wales

National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthe

Carmarthenshire, Deep in the beautiful Towy Valley of South and South West Wales lies a world class garden for the Millennium.

Ness Botanic Gardens

Ness Botanic Gardens, Wirral

Cheshire, Ness Botanic Gardens was created by a cotton merchant and is now one of the finest gardens in the North

Newby Hall Gardens

Newby Hall Gardens, Ripon

Yorkshire, Today the gardens at Newby Hall have been totally restored and replanted over a ten year period by Mr and Mrs Robin Compton.

The gardens at Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey Gardens

Nottinghamshire, Newstead Abbey was the Estate which Lord Byron inherited and was forced to sell.

East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden

Old Vicarage, East Ruston

Norfolk, Alan Gray and Graham Robeson designed this lovely garden at East Ruston Old Vicarage without any assistance.

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