Kenilworth Castle

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…

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Bourton House Garden

Bourton House ThumbnailBourton 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. 

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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!

Welcome to Garden Visitor

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
  • About gardens that you have visited and can recommend.