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International Gardens to visit in 2020

Here is a standout list of fantastic gardens to visit in 2020.

This new year, make a resolution to visit some stunning gardens and arboretums from across the UK and Ireland. Take a memorable journey to a faraway location and watch the turn of the seasons through their beautifully changing flora and fauna.

 

MORTON HALL GARDENS
1. MORTON HALL GARDENS

Morton Hall Gardens Tulip Festival 2-4 May, in conjunction with the Royal

Shakespeare Company and Bloms Bulbs. Be inspired by stunning tulips in

borders, pots and cut flower displays, with expertise from Bloms Bulbs at hand.

Tickets available via the RSC website rsc.org.uk/morton-hall.

Worcestershire B96 6SJ | 01386 791820 | mortonhallgardens.co.uk

 

WAKEHURST
2. WAKEHURST

Kew’s wild botanic garden in Sussex, has more than 500 acres of ornamental

gardens, woodlands and a nature reserve. Beautiful whatever the season, discover

the phytogeographic planting that makes Wakehurst so unique, or visit the

Millennium Seed Bank, where you can see Kew Science at work.

Haywards Heath, Sussex RH17 6TN | 01444 894066 | kew.org/wakehurst

 

ICKWORTH gardens
3. ICKWORTH

Ickworth sits within a historic evergreen landscape, highlighted by its

Italianate Garden with a delicate planting palette and contrasting with a

gothic Victorian Stumpery. The working kitchen Walled Garden has a classical

summerhouse with sweeping lawns and tranquil views across the canal lake.

Suffolk IP29 5QE | ickworth@nationaltrust.org.uk | nationaltrust.org.uk/ickworth

 

BOURTON HOUSE GARDEN
4. BOURTON HOUSE GARDEN

Award-winning three-acre garden, surrounding a fine 18th-century Manor

House, including imaginative topiary, wide herbaceous borders with rare, unusual

and exotic plants, creatively planted pots, unique Shade House and lovely views

over Cotswold countryside. As featured on Gardeners’ World August

 

ST ANDREWS BOTANIC GARDEN
5. ST ANDREWS BOTANIC GARDEN

A beautiful living treasure in the heart of historic St Andrews. Mature tree

and shrub plantings enclose the garden and inspirational plant displays cover

rock and scree hillsides, ponds, woodland and herbaceous borders. Lots to do

for all the family including an immersive Tropical Butterfly Experience.

St Andrews, Fife KY16 8RT | standrewsbotanic.org | info@standrewsbotanic.org

 

SUDELEY CASTLE & GARDENS
6. SUDELEY CASTLE & GARDENS

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Cotswold Hills, Sudeley Castle

has ten beautiful gardens that reflect the elegance and tranquillity of the Castle,

its 1,000-year history and its romantic ruins.Witness the changing seasons

throughout the year as Sudeley opens daily from February to December.

Winchcombe GL54 5JD | 01242 604244 | sudeleycastle.co.uk

 

KELMARSH HALL AND GARDENS
7. KELMARSH HALL AND GARDENS

The glorious gardens are influenced by the work of three 20th-century

tastemakers: Nancy Lancaster, Norah Lindsey and Geoffrey Jellicoe. The garden

holds exuberant flower borders, romantic rose gardens, and a walled garden

full of vibrant colours. Springtime offers swathes of daffodils and fritillaries.

Kelmarsh, Northamptonshire NN6 9LY | enquiries@kelmarsh.com | kelmarsh.com

 

DYFFRYN GARDENS
8. DYFFRYN GARDENS

Close your eyes and let scent guide you around the garden. Spice, sweetness

and citrus all await, buoyed on by the fleeting warmth of the winter sun. For the

eyes open part of the visit, early snowdrops, hellebores and winter aconites await,

with more interest in the cool glasshouse among ever-changing displays.

Vale of Glamorgan CF5 6SU | 02920 593328 | dyffryn@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

CHIPPENHAM PARK
9. CHIPPENHAM PARK

Set around a large lake and ancient canals, spectacular displays of

snowdrops and aconites followed by a succession of hellebores, scillas,

cyclamen, daphnes and viburnums and a crescendo of daffodils. Tea rooms and

gardens open 8 February to 22 March 10am-4pm.

Chippenham, Cambs CB7 5PT | 01638 721416 | info@chippenhamparkevents.co.uk

 

ARUNDEL CASTLE
10. ARUNDEL CASTLE

The Walled Gardens at Arundel Castle are a celebration of innovative

design and horticulture. One of England’s finest stately homes, Arundel Castle

is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Norfolk and has commanded the striking

landscape of the Sussex Downs for almost a thousand years.

Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AB | 01903 882173 | arundelcastle.org

 

BUSCOT PARK
11. BUSCOT PARK

Buscot Park’s 18th-century mansion offers art, gardens and lakes.

Gardens open Monday to Friday 2pm-6pm and some weekends including Bank

Holidays. Entry: House and Gardens: Adults: £12. Over 65s: £10. Children (5-15):

£6. Information Line: 01367 240932.

Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 8BU | info@buscot-park.com | buscotpark.com

 

CHELSEA PHYSIC GARDEN
12. CHELSEA PHYSIC GARDEN

Explore a unique collection of around 5,000 species at London’s oldest

botanic garden, situated in the heart of Chelsea.Highlights include the Garden of

Medicinal Plants, spectacular Victorian glasshouses and Europe’s oldest rock garden.

Chelsea Physic Garden will reopen for Heralding Spring on 25 January 2020.

Chelsea, London SW3 4HS | 020 7352 5646 | chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk

 

SMALLHYTHE PLACE, NATIONAL TRUST
13. SMALLHYTHE PLACE, NATIONAL TRUST

Set amid a sea of ever-changing colour, the garden is a tranquil retreat

and romantic backdrop to this 16th-century English country cottage. Stroll through

the grounds and discover the traditional rose garden, orchard, nuttery and ponds,

home to an abundance of wildlife.OpenMarch-November (Wednesday-Sunday).

Tenterden, Kent TN30 7NG | 01580 762334 | nationaltrust.org.uk/smallhythe-place

 

HIGH BEECHESWOODLANDANDWATER GARDEN
14. HIGH BEECHESWOODLANDANDWATER GARDEN

27 acres of the SussexWeald have been sensitively planted with many

rare trees and shrubs to create a unique woodland and water garden. In early

summer the bluebell carpeted glades are filled with the beauty and scent of

many azaleas and autumn bring a spectacular display of autumn colour.

Handcross, West Sussex RH17 6HQ | 01444 400589 | highbeeches.com

 

DUBLIN GARDEN TRAIL
15. DUBLIN GARDEN TRAIL

The most celebrated private gardens in the greater Dublin region.

Specialist botanical collections and gems of garden design. The ten private

gardens have been created and are cared for by their owners who will guide

your visit. All are in easy reach of Dublin. A welcome awaits you.

+353 87 9724271 | dublingardens.com | dublingardengroup@gmail.com

 

THE DINGLE NURSERY & GARDEN
16. THE DINGLE NURSERY & GARDEN

A secluded gem, hidden in a quiet valley a few miles aboveWelshpool is

one of the best gardens in Wales. Imaginative use of the dramatic, steep valley

and connecting small lakes with meandering paths offering unexpected and

stunning views. Many unusual plants are available in the nursery.

Welshpool, Powys SY21 9JD | 01938 555 145 | dinglenurseryandgarden.co.uk

 

FLOORS CASTLE & GARDENS
17. FLOORS CASTLE & GARDENS

The gardens and grounds at Floors are a delight to explore. Combining

one of the finest Victorian kitchen gardens in the spectacular Walled Garden

with the formal Millennium Garden, the gardens are a showpiece of seasonal

interest and inspired new creations.

Roxburghe Estates, Kelso TD5 7SF | 01573 227675 | floorscastle.com

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As seen in the January edition of the Gardens Illustrated Magazine