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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.

Titsey Place Garden

Titsey Place and Gardens

Surrey, A hidden gem, this restored garden at Titsey Place is set in 18 acres hidden in the Surrey countryside.

Trebah Gardens

Trebah Gardens, an attraction near Falmouth

Cornwall, Trebah Gardens, near Falmouth are one of our favourites in Cornwall

Tremenheere Sculpture Garden

Tremenheere Sculpture Garden near Penzance

Cornwall, A wonderful garden and must visit if you are in Cornwall

Capabilty Brown Landscape Devon

Ugbrooke House Gardens, Newton Abbot

Devon, Visit a fine Capability Brown landscape at Ugbrooke House in Devon

Upton House Garden

Upton House Garden near Banbury

Warwickshire, The delightful gardens at Upton House surrounds a fine stone House built in 1695.

Waddesdon Manor and Garden showing the house, and formal red bedding plants on a sunny day

Waddesdon Manor Gardens, near Aylesbury

Buckinghamshire, The Gardens at Waddesdon Manor were created by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the 1880s from a bare hilltop site.

Wakehurst Place and Garden

Wakehurst Place Gardens, near Haywards Heath

Sussex, Wakehurst Place was leased by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 1965 from the National Trust.

West Dean Gardens

West Dean Gardens, near Chichester

West Sussex, One of the greatest restored gardens in Britain open to the public today. Set in the beautiful Lavant valley in the glorious South Downs.

The Canals at Westbury Court Garden (Nationl Trust)

Westbury Court Garden, near Gloucester

Gloucestershire, This formal Dutch Westbury Court Water Garden was laid out between 1696 and 1705 and created by the owner of Westbury Court which is no longer standing.

Westonbuy Mll Gardens

Westonbury Mill Gardens

Herefordshire, The lovely Gardens at Wetonbury Mill have been featured on BBC 2 - see why

Wightwick Manor and Gardens

Wightwick Manor Garden, National Trust, Staffodshire

Staffordshire, Alfred Parsons helped to design the gardens at Wightwick Manor - he also designed the gardens at Great Chalfield Manor.

Witley Court

Witley Court & Gardens near Kidderminster

Stunning gardens surround an extravagent historic house in ruins

The Gardens at Woburn Abbey

Woburn Abbey Garden, and places to stay

Bedfordshire, The Gardens at Woburn Abbey were designed by Humphry Repton

Woolbeding Garden

Woolbeding Gardens Midhurst

Sussex, Visit the beautiful Woolbeding Gardens in Midhurst Sussex, close to the Surrey/Hampshire Borders - National Trust

Wrest Park Garden

Wrest Park Garden, and places to stay

Bedfordshire, Wrest Park is one of the most magnificent gardens in England, but one of the least well known.

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