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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.

Oxford University Botanic Garden

Oxford University Botanic Garden and places to stay

Oxfordshire, The University of Oxford Botanic Garden probably has the most compact yet diverse collection of plants in the World

Pashley Manor Gardens

Pashley Manor Gardens, near Wadhurst

Sussex, There are magnificent views; a walled garden containing a Rose Walk, Rose Garden and Kitchen Garden; Victorian greenhouse; herbaceous borders and much more.

Pencarrow House Gardens

Pencarrow House and Gardens, near Bodmin

Cornwall, Pencarrow House, another Cornish garden and extensive woodland best early summer.

Pensthorpe Gardens

Pensthorpe Gardens near Fakenham

Norfolk, The Millennium Garden at Pensthorpe Wildfowl Park is a great place to visit for ideas

Pinetum Park and Gardens

Pinetum Park and Gardens

Cornwall, Extensive shrubs, trees and plants which look good most of the year.

Portmeirion and Gardens

Portmeirion and Gardens

Gwynedd, The climate at Portmeirion is very mild , winter frosts are rare and this has allowed plantings of tender exotic genera and species in common with many Cornish gardens.

Gardens in Bath

Prior Park Landscape Gardens, Bath

Somerset, Prior Park Landscape Garden in Bath run by the National Trust is a real gem and around a mile from the city centre.

Ramster Garden

Ramster Gardens

Surrey, Will you ever find a prettier Spring / early Summer than Ramster. We do not think so!

Renishaw Hall Gardens

Renishaw Hall Gardens

Yorkshire, Renishaw Hall and Gardens - a great day out for lovers of historic houses and gardens

RHS Gardens Wisley

RHS Gardens Wisley

Surrey, An absolute must, the RHS Gardens at Wisley, are for the enthusiast offering ideas on design, innovation and cultivation techniques.

Scampston Hall and Gardens

Scampston Hall and Gardens

Yorkshire, An inspired contemporary garden in Yorkshire , newly planted in the 4½ acre 18th Century walled garden at Scampston and opened to the public for the first time in 2004.

The Indian style Sezincote House and Gardens

Sezincote House Gardens

Gloucestershire, This garden at Sezincote surrounds a fine house built to encompass Indian character in 1810. It is reminiscent of the Brighton Dome.

Sheffield Park Garden in Autumn

Sheffield Park Garden

Sussex, Sheffield Park is a great landscaped garden created by Capability Brown in the 18th century.

Sherborne Castle Garden

Sherborne Castle and Gardens

Dorset, This was one of Capability Brown's first commissions giving the Nation a magnificent Landscape Garden

Sizergh Castle and Garden

Sizergh Castle and Garden

Cumbria, Sizergh Castle is surrounded by lovely grounds and park with specimen trees and woodland walks.

Spetchley Park Gardens

Spetchley Park Gardens

Worcestershire, Go and enjoy one of England’s finest gardens at Spetchley Park

St Andrews Botanic Garden

Fife, St Andrews Botanic Garden is a hidden gem covers 18 acres and has a great collection of plants, trees and shrubs.

standrews botanic garden

Stanway House and Fountain

Stanway House and Fountain, near Winchcombe

Gloucestershire, If you are visiting the Cotswolds and are interested in Garden history make sure you take time to visit Stanway House

Steane Park Gardens

Steane Park Gardens

Northamptonshire

See our formal gardens, woodland and lake, we will give you a warm welcome.

The Rill at Stillingfleet Lodge Garden and Nursery

Stillingfleet Lodge Garden and Nursery

Yorkshire, Stillingfleet Garden garden, with its tranquil setting is in the grounds of a 18th century farmhouse.

Stockton Bury Gardens

Stockton Bury Gardens

Herefordshire, Stockton Bury Gardens are beautiful giving colour and interest all year round.

Stourhead Garden

Stourhead Gardens, near Warminster

Wiltshire, Stourhead Gardens - a stunning English landscape garden by Henry Hoare 11 in the mid 1800s.

Stowe Landscape Garden

Stowe Landscape Garden

Buckinghamshire, Stowe is one of the finest of Georgian landscape gardens comprising valleys and vistas, narrow lakes and rivers with more than 30 temples and monuments, designed by leading architects of the 18th-century.

Swiss Garden

Swiss Garden

Bedfordshire, A visit to The Swiss Garden takes you back to the early 19th century, when an interest in ornamental gardening and picturesque architecture was combined with a passion for 'Swiss Vogue'.

Syon Park and Garden

Syon Park Garden

London, Syon Park and Garden - On the Thames, there are 40 acres of gardens and the Historic House is also open.

The Blue Pool in Dorset

The Blue Pool

Dorset, The Blue Pool Wareham is a hidden gem.

The Courts Garden in Wiltshire

The Courts Garden

Wiltshire, The Courts - This is a great garden and one of the best in Wiltshire

The Dingle Garden

The Dingle Garden

Powys, The Dingle is part formal and part woodland with lake. A really delightful and quiet place to visit

The Vyne Garden

The Vyne House and Gardens

Hampshire, The Vyne House and Garden - Originally built as a great Tudor "power house," The Vyne was later home to the Chute family for over 350 years.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Thorp Perrow Arboretum

North Yorkshire, Thorp Perrow is situated at the base of the Yorkshire Dales - come and explore the 100 acres of woodland with trees from around the world, some trees dating back to Medieval times.

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