Sum­mer gar­dens to visit

Sum­mer is a great time to visit this col­lec­tion of stun­ning gar­dens

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1 BLARNEY CAS­TLE

Visit the pre­his­toric Fern Gar­den, our deadly Poi­son Gar­den, and our mag­i­cal Rock Close. Stroll by the lake, river­side and wood­lands or through the daz­zling ar­bore­tums and herba­ceous bor­ders in all their sum­mer splen­dour. But don’t for­get to kiss the fa­mous Blarney Stone! Café and shops on site. Blarney, Cork, Ire­land | blar­n­ey­cas­tle.ie | +353 21 438 5252

2 HEVER CAS­TLE & GAR­DENS

Dis­cover glo­ri­ous award-win­ning gar­dens at the 13th-cen­tury cas­tle, best known as the child­hood home of Anne Bo­leyn. Hever in Bloom (26 June – 1 July) show­cases the glo­ri­ous gar­dens with free guided tours led by the gar­den­ing team and flo­ral dis­plays in the cas­tle. Hever, Eden­bridge, Kent TN8 7NG | hev­er­cas­tle.co.uk | 01732 865224

3 HIS­TORY & HER­ITAGE AT SHUTTLEWORTH

The Swiss Gar­den at Shuttleworth was cre­ated by Lord On­g­ley in the 1820s with 13 struc­tures and in­trigu­ing vis­tas in nine acre grounds. Em­bel­lished with Vic­to­rian fea­tures dur­ing the 1870s, it nes­tles ad­ja­cent to The Shuttleworth Col­lec­tion. Open all year round ex­cept Christ­mas. Bed­ford­shire SG18 9EP | shuttleworth.org/swiss­gar­den | 01767 627927

4 WOOLBEDING GAR­DENS

Woolbeding Gar­dens is a mas­ter­piece of colour and de­sign. Em­braced by the river Rother, this oa­sis of tran­quil­lity merges el­e­gant gar­den rooms and metic­u­lously com­posed bor­ders with a wooded land­scape that con­ceals dra­matic ar­chi­tec­tural fol­lies. Open Thurs­days and Fri­days, book­ing is es­sen­tial. na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/woolbeding-gar­dens | 0344 249 1895

5 HAM HOUSE AND GAR­DEN

Visit Ham House and Gar­den in June to en­joy our liv­ing ex­hi­bi­tion in the kitchen gar­den. The ed­i­ble ex­hi­bi­tion Eat your flow­ers! will en­able you to taste flow­ers, learn about their nu­tri­tional value and then en­joy them as in­gre­di­ents in our tasty Orangery café food. Ham, Rich­mond, TW10 7RS | na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/ham-house-and-gar­den

6 THE BISHOP’S PALACE & GAR­DENS

Over 14 acres of spec­tac­u­lar RHS part­ner gar­dens, in­clud­ing pic­turesque, ro­man­tic, for­mal and Vic­to­rian styles, a wild­flower ar­bore­tum, spec­i­men trees, along­side wa­ter­falls, well pools, a moat with res­i­dent swans and a stun­ning me­dieval palace. Tick­ets now on sale for Gar­den Fes­ti­val 22-24 June. Wells, Som­er­set BA5 2PD | bish­opspalace.org.uk | 01749 988111

7 ABERGLASNEY GAR­DENS

Aberglasney was made fa­mous by the BBC tele­vi­sion se­ries A Gar­den Lost in Time, which fol­lowed its restora­tion. To­day it’s quite sim­ply one of Wales’s finest gar­dens; a renowned plants­man’s par­adise with an El­iz­a­bethan Clois­ter Gar­den at its heart. A stun­ning venue for ex­hi­bi­tions and events. Llan­ga­then, Car­marthen­shire SA32 8QH | aberglasney.org | 01558 668998

8 WOBURN ABBEY AND GAR­DENS

The award-win­ning gar­dens are Humphry Rep­ton’s most re­alised land­scape and in 2018 will play a piv­otal role in cel­e­bra­tions mark­ing his bi­cen­te­nary. A new ex­hi­bi­tion will fea­ture Rep­ton’s life and his work at Woburn and his most elab­o­rate Red Book will be on dis­play. Woburn, Bed­ford­shire MK17 9WA | woburn­abbey.co.uk | 01525 290333

9 BLUE­BELL AR­BORE­TUM & NURS­ERY

Visit our tran­quil, nine-acre wood­land gar­den full of un­usual trees and shrubs, many of which have been planted for their su­perb sum­mer flow­ers and fo­liage. Many of the rar­i­ties on dis­play in our gar­dens are avail­able for sale from our ad­join­ing plant nurs­ery. RHS Part­ner Gar­den. Ashby, South Der­byshire LE65 2TA | blue­bell­nurs­ery.com | 01530 413700

10 NA­TIONAL TRUST’S CLIVEDEN

Re­in­stated in 2014, Cliveden’s Rose Gar­den is based on an orig­i­nal 1950s’ de­sign by renowned gar­den de­signer Sir Ge­of­frey Jel­li­coe. Cliveden’s Rose Gar­den, filled with over 900 colour­ful roses, is in bloom from mid-June un­til late Septem­ber. A selec­tion of the David Austin cul­ti­vars stocked in the shop. Maiden­head, Buck­ing­hamshire SL1 8NS | na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/cliveden

11 HUNT­ING BROOK GAR­DENS

One of Ire­land’s largest pri­vate col­lec­tions of plants and home to Jimi Blake. The con­stant chang­ing pal­ette of plants, re­flects this very mod­ern gar­den-maker’s un­bounded en­thu­si­asm for cre­ative gar­den­ing. Open April to mid Oc­to­ber, Wed­nes­day to Sun­day, 11am to 5.30pm. Co Wick­low, Ire­land W91 YK33 | hunt­ing­brook.com | jimi@hunt­ing­brook.com

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