Botanical Inspiration: Top UK Garden Spaces

23 July 2020

Mother Nature casts beauty everywhere we look, but there is no denying that a carefully curated and well designed garden can feel like a haven. We know it can sometimes be challenging to look at our own garden spaces and feel inspired, so we have listed our favourite gardens here in the UK to help you find some botanical inspiration. Please note that due to the current government restrictions on social distancing a lot of public gardens are only accepting visitors by appointment, so please check websites for more information.

Beth Chatto Gardens, Essex, by Pam Fray
Beth Chatto Gardens, Essex

Sissinghurst Castle Garden - Near Cranbrook, Kent
This garden is teeming with history, with links to the famous poet and writer Vita Sackville-West, the romance and intimacy will captivate you and take you back to a more beautiful time. Its carefully curated, yet wild in composition, which makes it a fascinating place where nature and nurture collide.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew - Richmond, London
Probably the most well known of our listed gardens, and there’s reason why Royal Botanic Gardens, also more commonly known as Kew Gardens, is a royal affair. From the stunning rose garden, Victorian glasshouses, and even an Alpine rock garden, this is a place you will want to visit time and again.

Levens Hall - Cumbria
From the privately owned Elizabethan house, to the architecturally masterful grounds which feature the worlds oldest topiary, Levens Hall has to be on our visit list. Its wonder continues year round, drawing you into the evolving landscape whatever the season.   

Levens Hall Cumbria by Rbagotlevens on Wikimedia Commons
Levens Hall, Cumbria

Alnwick Garden - Northumberland
Across 12 acres, you’ll discover the splendour of Alnwick Gardens which was the light bulb of an idea by the Duchess of Northumberland. The gardens are great for families, featuring an impressive Grand Cascade with 120 water jets, and two world attractions, the worlds largest treehouse restaurant, and the worlds largest Tai Haku Cherry Orchard.

Beth Chatto Gardens - Essex
Started in the 60’s by award-winning plantswoman, lecturer and author Beth Chatto, the Beth Chatto gardens used to be nothing more than a car park, but it is now transformed into a thing of beauty, capturing the heart and soul of plant-life. As a fascinating fact, the Gravel Garden which is where the car park used to be, never gets watered!

Tresco Abbey Garden - Isles of Scilly
The Isles of Scilly are a small subtropical paradise, and due to this climate, the Tresco Abbey Gardens are home to plants from across the Mediterranean from Brazil to Burma. Alongside the gorgeous tropical plant life, sits some incredible history from the ruins of Benedictine Abbey, to the Valhalla Museum which houses shipwrecked figureheads collected across the Isles.


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