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Great British Gardens

Explore Britain's green spaces

Lily pads at the National Botanic Garden of Wales Source:Steve James

Lily pads at the National Botanic Garden of Wales

Steve James

Britain is a nation of garden lovers and we have some of the most famous green spaces in the world. And from the 18th-century formal creations of Capability Brown to the space-aged biomes of the Eden Project, in Britain there’s a garden for everyone.

Cornish gardens such as the idyllic Trebah Gardens, rated one of the 80 finest gardens in the world, will transport you to a sub-tropical jungle with stunning coastal views. In nearby Bodelva, the Eden Project looks as if it has landed from another planet. Inside its two 50-metre biomes you’ll experience recreations of some of Planet Earth's most fertile environments. You can wander through the world's largest rainforest in captivity here, home to one of the biggest flower species - the ten-foot tall Titan Arum plant. The Eden Project also hosts top rock and pop acts during its rocking summer music series, the Eden Sessions.

In Wales, the National Botanic Garden of Wales is home to the world's largest glasshouse - an incredible architectural feat which sits majestically in over 560 acres of botanic gardens and is home to 8,000 different plant varieties.

As far north as the Scottish Highlands, gardens like the 50-acre Inverewe Garden are incredibly exotic. Inverewe lies in the path of the warming Gulf Stream, allowing over 2,500 species of colourful sub-tropical plants to flourish, including Tasmanian eucalypts, Olearia from New Zealand and Himalayan rhododendrons.

Just outside of London, the RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey has been a true showcase of gardening expertise for over 100 years: in spring, the Alpine Meadow is completely carpeted with colourful flora, in summer over 4,000 roses bloom in the rose garden, while in autumn, the fruit fields yield an enormous (and delicious) harvest.

In southwest London, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew steal the show with over 2 million visits per year. Kew is home to 30,000 different kinds of plants, a herbarium with over seven million plant specimens, plus beautiful attractions such as the Japanese Gateway, the Great Pagoda, the Princess of Wales Conservatory and Kew Palace, the smallest of the British royal palaces. Kew was awarded World Heritage Site status in 2003.

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