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.
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
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 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 | email@example.com | nationaltrust.org.uk/ickworth
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
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 | email@example.com | kelmarsh.com
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 | email@example.com
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
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org | buscotpark.com
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
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
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
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 | email@example.com
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
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