Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester made a garden at Kenilworth Castle. This was no ordinary garden. It was made to impress Queen Elizabeth 1 when she visited him at Kenilworth. He hoped to win her hand in marriage. The garden took years to build and included a central Carrera marble fountain, a huge bejewelled aviary, carved wooden arbours and beds filled with scented flowers, herbs and luscious fruit. Sadly for Robert Dudley Queen Elizabeth 1 never married and the garden was lost for 400 years…
Bluebell Cottage Garden is tucked away on a country lane in the heart of Cheshire. Turn into the car park and the beautiful meadow hints at what’s to come. There are tall grasses spangled with wild flowers and butterflies and wide native hedgerows full of wild roses and bees.
The garden at Rydal Mount was created by the poet William Wordsworth and his family. They lived there from 1813 until his death in 1850. There is no doubt that the beautiful setting in the heart of the Lake District influenced the design and planting of the garden and the poetry that William Wordsworth is famous for.
Dora’s Field in Rydal is probably the most famous spot in the entire UK for daffodils.
It’s where the poet Wordsworth and his wife planted the beautiful spring bulbs in memory of their daughter Dora.
These daffodils are a beautiful variety with creamy white petals and a yellow trumpet.
Gresgarth Hall is one of Lancashires best kept secrets. It is probably one of the most beautiful gardens I have ever visited and yet it is not very well known. The house is occupied by the owners so the garden is only open one day each month. You have to be very lucky to catch it!
Bourton House is an 18th century manor house set in the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Hill in the Cotswolds.
There is a beautiful three acre garden and seven acres of pasture with specimen trees and sculpture. The house is privately owned and occupied so is not open to the public.
Today the 10 acre garden at Hidcote Manor in Gloucestershire is known throughout the world as one of the finest of all English country gardens.
Welcome to Garden Visitor.
This blog is my diary as an independent garden visitor.
It is my personal view of some of the most beautiful gardens I visit.
I am always amazed at how excited I get as soon as I start planning my next garden visit. There’s something magical about being allowed in to view a garden that someone else has lovingly created. It feels like a treat… especially if there’s coffee and cake and plants for sale too!
I love gardening, growing plants and all the wild birds and creatures that private gardens attract. I love to see how other gardeners do it.
Many of the gardens featured here are large and have teams of gardeners to tend to the lawns, borders and hedges all year round.
Don’t let that put you off! Most of us don’t have help in our gardens.
I have picked out some ideas that are quick to implement and easy to maintain that we can all try out at home.
I hope you find something interesting and inspiring here that will help you plan your garden visits.
Thanks for reading and I hope to see you again soon Gillian 😉
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- About the gardens I visit and feature here or
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