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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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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.

Newstead Abbey Gardens

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.

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 Natural 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, Portmeirion is home to a 70 acre sub-tropical forest with 20 miles of paths, hidden lakes, temples and breathtaking views.

Gardens in Bath

Prior Park Landscape Gardens, Bath

Somerset, Prior Park Landscape Garden in Bath is a great place to visit

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.

The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Lothian, The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is set on a hillside overlooking the city which is just 1 mile away.

Savill Garden

Savill Garden, near Windsor

Surrey, The Savill Garden is a garden for all seasons covering 35 acres and giving colour through all the seasons.

Scampston Hall 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.

Sezincote House 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

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

Shuborough Hall Garden

Shugborough Hall and Gardens

Staffordshire, These Grade 1 historic gardens at Shugborough date from the 18th century.

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 Andrew's Botanic Garden

St Andrews Botanic Garden

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

Stanway House 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.

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