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Gardens in Southern England, such as Knoll Gardens and Forde Abbey are listed below.

Knoll Gardens

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne, Dorset

Hampreston, Wimborne

Originally a private botanic garden, four-acre Knoll Gardens in a secluded corner of East Dorset is a plantsman's paradise. Packed with naturalistic style, the acclaimed garden also features many rare trees and shrubs including some of the best... more

Forde Abbey

Forde Abbey, Chard, Dorset

Chard

A magnificent former 12th Century Cistercian monastery, Forde Abbey ranks as one of the top ten gardens in England. Built beside the banks of the River Axe in the rolling Dorset hills, this outstanding stately home is surrounded by 30 acres of world... more

Mapperton Gardens

Mapperton Gardens, Beaminster, Dorset

Beaminster

Mapperton´s terraced valley gardens surround the delightful Tudor/Jacobean manor house, stable blocks, dovecote and All Saints Church. On the upper levels, a walled croquet lawn, then the orangery, an ornate pavilion overlooking the Italianate formal... more

Minterne Gardens

Minterne Gardens, Minterne Magna, Dorchester, Dorset

Minterne Magna, Dorchester

Minterne gardens are laid out in a horseshoe below the house with a chain of small lakes, waterfalls and streams. There is a fine collection of plants and trees for all seasons - the rhododendrons & azaleas are at their peak in April & May, and with... more

Knebworth House Gardens

Knebworth House Gardens, Knebworth, Knebworth, Hertfordshire

Knebworth, Knebworth

At Knebworth House the present 28 acre garden dates largely from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, with more recent and continuing restoration and additions. Sir Edwin Lutyens re-designed the formal gardens immediate to the House. Each of the 'rooms'... more

The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Romsey, Hampshire

Jermyns Lane, Ampfield, Romsey

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is one of the most important modern plant collections in the world. Established in 1953 by the distinguished plantsman Sir Harold Hillier, the magnificent collection of over 42,000 plants from temperate regions around the... more

Kingston Maurward Gardens

Kingston Maurward Gardens, Kingston Maurward, Dorchester, Dorset

Kingston Maurward, Dorchester

Set in idyllic surroundings, Kingston Maurward Gardens are Dorset´s best kept secret. A tranquil, and peaceful spot, the gardens are situated in undulating countryside, with a lake, canals, broad sweeping and formal gardens. Kingston Maurward House... more

Abbey House Gardens

Abbey House Gardens, Market Cross, Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Market Cross, Malmesbury

For anyone who knows their alstroemerias from their Japanese maples, Abbey House Gardens in Wiltshire provide the perfect tranquil spot to indulge in some serious garden wandering. The gardens boast 1300 years of history that features english... more

Stowe

Stowe, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

Buckingham

Stowe Landscape Gardens is an extraordinary, living, breathing work of art. With its ornamental lakes, glorious open spaces, wooded valleys and adorned with over 40 monument temples in all sizes and styles from Gothic to Classical, this magnificent... more

Mottisfont

Mottisfont, Romsey, Hampshire

Romsey

The 19th century garden at Mottisfont Abbey is typical of the period, with sweeping lawns and stands of trees, much in the Capability Brown style. The garden is the result of the work of several well-known garden designers. In 1971 the kitchen garden... more

Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy, Wimborne Minster, Dorset

Wimborne Minster

Beside the Kingston Lacy house is the late-Victorian formal garden. Bright bedding, a fern garden containing 25 different varieties of ferns with gravel paths running between irregular raised beds, roses and spring bulbs, with meandering shrubberies... more

Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens

Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens, Bullers Way, Weymouth, Dorset

Bullers Way, Abbotsbury, Weymouth

Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens were established in 1765 by the First Countess of Ilchester as a kitchen garden and have developed into a 30 acre Grade I listed delight. Home to rare and exotic plants from all over the world many of them first... more

Englefield House

Englefield House, Englefield, Reading, Berkshire

Englefield, Theale, Reading

This 9 acre garden at Englefield House falls from the woodland area with magnolia, rhododendron, azalea, acer, camellia and many other species. Below are the two terraces enclosed in grey stone balustrades, built in 1860 with wide staircases, mixed... more

Cliveden

Cliveden, Cliveden Road, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire

Cliveden Road, Taplow, Maidenhead

Set high above the River Thames with far-reaching views, these beautiful gardens at Cliveden in Berkshire capture the grandeur of a bygone age. Stroll through a series of impressive gardens, each with their own special charm. From the iconic parterre... more

Hughenden

Hughenden, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

High Wycombe

Hughenden Manor garden is re-created from the colourful 1860s designs of Benjamin Disraeli´s wife, Mary Anne, used as his private retreat from the rigours of parliamentary life in London. The lawns and terraces have been planted once more with loud,... more

Claydon Estate Gardens

Claydon Estate Gardens, The Estate Office, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

The Estate Office, The Claydon Estate, Middle Claydon, Buckingham

The Claydon Estate Gardens are a classic example of an English Country house walled garden, both decorative and productive. The gardens were first created by John Sanderson between 1763 and 1776 for the 2nd Earl Verney, whose descendants have... more

Bowood House & Gardens

Bowood House & Gardens, Estate Office, Calne, Wiltshire

Estate Office, Bowood House, Calne

Even if you don’t step foot in the accompanying stately home, the Capability-Brown gardens are reason enough to make the scenic journey to Bowood House in Wiltshire. This is one of the famous landscape gardener’s most celebrated projects, with... more

Iford Manor: The Peto Garden

Iford Manor: The Peto Garden, Iford Manor, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

Iford Manor, Iford, Bradford on Avon

Designed by architect and landscape gardener Harold Peto, the 2.5 acre Peto Garden in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, is a studied reflection on Zen-like tranquility. The master designer, who lived at Ilford Manor between 1899 and 1933, created this... more

Ventnor Botanic Garden

Ventnor Botanic Garden, Undercliff Drive, Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Undercliff Drive, Ventnor

Ventnor Botanic Garden is a 22 acre, very lively botanic garden right by the sea. A remarkable collection of plants from all over the world, mainly from the southern hemisphere, many tender but thriving here given enough shelter. Naturalised giant... more

Athelhampton House & Gardens

Athelhampton House & Gardens, Athelhampton, Dorchester, Dorset

Athelhampton, Dorchester

The formal Athelhampton Gardens originally designed in 1891 is a series of calm, sophisticated spaces, including the great court with its giant pyramids, a circular pleached lime grove and simple plantings of roses, clematis and tulips. Water forms a... more

Heale Garden

Heale Garden, Middle Woodford, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Middle Woodford, Salisbury

Heale House has a serene waterside garden situated at the bottom of a broad, chalk valley. With formal lawned terraces running towards the south along an avenue of Robinia pseudoacacia, Italianate garden architecture and formal pools. Rambling roses... more

Old Thatch Gardens

Old Thatch Gardens, Coldmoorholme Lane, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire

Coldmoorholme Lane, Bourne End

Should you find yourself in the pretty village of Bourne End, Bucks, one spring or summer afternoon, a really rather lovely and peaceful way to spend it is at the Old Thatch Gardens. Open every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 2pm from May to the... more

Longleat Gardens

Longleat Gardens, Warminster, Wiltshire

Warminster

Longleat Gardens are perhaps best known as the site of the first safari park outside Africa, created in 1966. Since then, the self-confessed eccentric owner The Marquess of Bath has made the grounds to the glorious country home that was created in... more

Blenheim Palace & Gardens

Blenheim Palace & Gardens, Woodstock, Oxford, Oxfordshire

Woodstock, Woodstock, Oxford

Blenheim Palace gardens (one of the Winners of the Historic Houses Association/Christies Garden of the Year Award 2008)are one of the great 18th century parks landscaped by `Capability´ Brown including the largest lake he ever devised. The Secret... more

Mottistone Gardens

Mottistone Gardens, Mottistone, Brighstone, Isle of Wight

Mottistone, Brighstone

Mottistone Manor garden, which is owned by the National Trust, is one of the most peaceful and magical gardens on the island. Set in a sheltered valley with views to the sea, the gardens with their colourful borders, shrub-filled banks and grassy... more

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway, Summer Lane, Southampton, Hampshire

Summer Lane, Exbury, Southampton

Sitting in the New Forest National Park, Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway is a classic English day out, with dazzling floral colour, soothing riverside walks, a charming railway journey and, of course, a great tea room. The 200-acre grounds are home... more

Oxford Botanic Garden

Oxford Botanic Garden, Rose Lane, Oxford, Oxfordshire

Rose Lane, Oxford

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in Britain. For more than 375 years this walled garden, built before the English Civil War, has stood on the bank of the River Cherwell. It has evolved from a 17th century... more

Houghton Lodge Gardens

Houghton Lodge Gardens, Stockbridge, Hampshire

Stockbridge

On top of being a simply gorgeous set of stunning horticultural achievements, Houghton Lodge Gardens in Stockbridge, Hampshire, are also very historically important. The gardens, thick with beautiful trees and great sweeps of lawn that roll down to... more

West Wycombe Park, Village & Hill

West Wycombe Park, Village & Hill, West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

West Wycombe

West Wycombe Park and gardens were created by Sir Frances Dashwood, founder of the Dilettanti Society in the mid-18th century. New fieldwork has produced evidence of a number of important earlier phases of activity, most notably an Iron Age hillfort... more

Apple Court

Apple Court, Hordle Lane, Lymington, Hampshire

Hordle Lane, Hordle, Lymington

Apple Court garden was created with a distinct structure of rooms defined by two axes and enclosed by dense hedges. Sharply defined lawns, raised borders and vertical accents of fastigate yews give each area a unique character - the theatrical white... more

Greys Court

Greys Court, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames

Greys Court is a picturesque house mainly Tudor in style set in a beautiful courtyard. A series of walled gardens are set out as outdoor rooms with a fine collection of old fashioned roses, paeonies, an ornamental vegetable garden, maze, ice-house... more

Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle, Highclere, Newbury, Hampshire

Highclere, Newbury

Set within a Capability Brown inspired park, Highclere Castle gardens are hidden from view. Gravel paths lead to the Monks Garden with plantings of roses,lavender, penstemons and a summer wild flower bed. Espaliered medlar, quince and fig trees line... more

Ascott

Ascott, Wing, Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire

Wing, Leighton Buzzard

Once part of the Rothschilds’ vast Ascott Estate and now run by the National Trust, Ascott Gardens, on the borders of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, are vast, sweeping classic English grounds with all manner of formal and natural plantings. The... more

The Vyne

The Vyne, Vyne Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire

Vyne Road, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke

Attractive gardens surround the 16th century Vyne house. With lawns, herbaceous borders, a wild garden with woodland walks and a lake, and a newly developed wetlands area.... more

Hinton Ampner

Hinton Ampner, Alresford, Hampshire

Alresford

The gardens of Hinton Ampner House were laid out by the scholarly Ralph Dutton in the middle of the 20th century with great regard to line, landscape and historical propriety. Statues, buildings, axes and views have been placed with exquisite... more

Chenies Manor

Chenies Manor, Chenies, Rickmansworth, Buckinghamshire

Chenies, Rickmansworth

Chenies Manor gardens are maintained to the highest standards and are highly decorative in perfect keeping with the 15th-16th century manor house. Colour throughout the year with old-fashioned roses and cottage plants. Enjoy the formal topiary in the... more

Woburn Abbey and Gardens

Woburn Abbey and Gardens, Woburn, Bedfordshire

Woburn

The Parks Department is responsible for the maintenance of the 3000 acres within the walls of Woburn Abbey. Each year they plant one hundred standard oak trees, plus any replacements for trees lost or damaged in gales. A simple garden of trees,... more

Wrest Park

Wrest Park, Silsoe, Luton, Bedfordshire

Silsoe, Luton

Wrest Park´s formal gardens are a fascinating history of gardening styles laid out over one and a half centuries. Explore the ornate garden buildings including the magnificent Baroque pleasure pavilion, orangery and Bath House, and admire the fine... more

Gilbert White´s House & Garden and The Oates Collection

Gilbert White´s House & Garden and The Oates Collection, The Wakes, High Street, Alton, Hampshire

The Wakes, High Street, Selborne, Alton

The garden at Gilbert White´s House has been largely restored to its 18th century form with a wild flower garden and vegetable plot. There is a revolving ´Wine Pipe´ seat overlooking the miniature landscaped garden, haha and a magnificent beech clad... more

The Courts Garden

The Courts Garden, Holt, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

Holt, Bradford on Avon

The Courts Garden is a comfortable, hard-working 1920s garden of different character areas in the manner of Hidcote. Good use of colour in both shrub planting and in the borders, many of which are closely colour-coordinated. The water garden contains... more

Osborne House

Osborne House, East Cowes, Isle of Wight

East Cowes, Isle of Wight

Osborne House and gardens were originally designed by Prince Albert and Cubitt. The Italianate designs for the terraced formal gardens, complement the house. They have been restored to their Victorian layout and are planted in seasonally changing... more

Stourhead

Stourhead, Nr Mere, Warminster, Wiltshire

Nr Mere, Warminster

Stourhead is a fine example of English landscape gardens from the 18th century, re-planted in the 19th century with Conifers, flowering trees and shrubs. Follow a route anti-clockwise around the lake to gradually experience the sequence of arcadian... more

Hatfield House Gardens

Hatfield House Gardens, Hatfield, Hertfordshire

Hatfield

Dating from 17th century the gardens at Hatfield House have evolved into a gardener´s paradise. Visitors can enjoy the peace of the West Garden with its scented garden and fountains, and view the famous Knot garden adjoining the Elizabethan Old... more

West Green House Garden

West Green House Garden, West Green, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire

West Green, Hartley Wintney

West Green House Garden demonstrates how creative energy is poured into gardening. It is a garden with a special and distinctive sense of place, made by Marylyn Abbott. It has a delightful series of vibrantly-planted walled gardens, surrounding a... more

Buscot Park

Buscot Park, Estate Office, Faringdon, Oxfordshire

Estate Office, Faringdon

Part owed by the National Trust and part owned by Lord Faringdon, Buscot House in Oxfordshire has fabulous grounds to explore across the seasons. The gardens are split into very different areas - a particular favourite with horticultural fans is the... more

Wilton House

Wilton House, The Estate Office, Salisbury, Wiltshire

The Estate Office, Wilton, Salisbury

Wilton House gardens are in an idyllic setting, bordered by the rivers Wyle and Nadder. A mix of open parkland in the style of Capability Brown and small formal gardens, the latter created by the 17th Earl. The four new gardens created are the Rose... more

Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Waddesdon, Aylesbury

Waddesdon Manor and gardens were bequeathed to the National Trust by the Rothschilds in 1957. The garden today is essentially the one laid out by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild and his French landscape designer Elie Laine. It is one of the finest... more

Rousham House

Rousham House, Rousham, Bicester, Oxfordshire

Rousham, The Dower House, Rousham, Bicester

Rousham House garden was first designed in 1738 by William Kent and represents the initial phase of English landscape design. One of the few gardens to have escaped alteration over the years. Original features such as the ponds and cascades, statuary... more

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