From vast green spaces to carefully manicured lawns and colourful flowerbeds, you’ll find an array of beautiful blooms in gardens across Britain. Here we explore the fabulous flora in Britain’s most magnificent gardens, taking in historic landscape gardens full of fairy-tale follies, soothing Georgian water gardens and much more…
Prepare yourself for Georgian elegance at its finest. The water gardens of Studley Royal are full of tranquil water features, neo-classical statues and sweeping landscaped lawns that tie everything together. You’ll find follies tucked away within the thick foliage as though you’ve been transported to a magical place, full of mysterious structures. Yorkshire countryside, there’s a medieval deer park here too, and if you keep exploring, you’ll discover the ruins of the 12th-century Fountain’s Abbey at the bottom of the valley, a World Heritage Site housing the largest monastic ruins in Britain.
The natural beauty of the National Botanic Garden of Wales. is home to an array of spectacular plant life. From Wales’ rarest tree to an atmospheric sculpture garden and the enormous dome of the Great Glasshouse, to a range of themed gardens — particularly the spectacular Ghost Forest — there’s always something new to see. The gardens are also home to the British Bird of Prey Centre, with flying displays and experiences, as well as a tropical Butterfly House.
London’s Kew Gardens was established back in 1759, and today it’s a World Heritage Site. From its grand Victorian glasshouses to its dazzling array of trees, plants and flowers from all over the world, it’s a real feast for the senses. With exhibitions all about different plants and their uses in medicine and a collection of 40 listed buildings housing trees and plants of all colours and kinds, the Japanese Garden, arboretum and treetop walkway are just a few of the highlights.
One of garden designer Capability Brown’s greatest works, Stowe Landscape Garden has a magical air to it. Full of water features, beautifully landscaped curves and long avenues, it’s brought to life by a collection of grand follies. Temples and monuments rise up out of wooded areas, or stand in isolation in grassy spaces, giving the garden an enchanting, mysterious atmosphere. In fact, they’re meant to tell a story about man’s path through life, showcasing a journey through life’s indulgencies.
If you feel like a trip to exotic climes, Cornwall has the answer. Waterfalls and gigantic plants fill the Eden Project’s tropical jungle, which grows beneath huge geodesic domes among the rolling Cornish hills. Olive groves and lemon trees rise up in the Mediterranean biome, while the outdoor gardens house gorgeous native blooms. Explore four of the world’s rainforest environments in the Rainforest Biome, which houses more than 1,000 varieties of tropical plants. The Canapy Walkway provides an inimitable chance to discover more about the unique diversity of the rainforests as it weaves among the treetops.
Lastly, we discover 40 acres of gorgeous gardens in the grounds of one of Scotland’s most magnificent castles. Drumlanrig Castle Gardens bring together woodland walks, a grand Victorian glasshouse and formal gardens which date back to the 17th century. Kingfishers, red squirrels, and great spotted woodpeckers are regularly seen among the Woodland Garden and the striking rhododendron collection.