THIS SUMMER explore some of the UK’s finest gardens and soak up the sun while taking in beautiful horticulture steeped in history. With RHS Chelsea Flower Show taking place this month, discover our top five country gardens to explore this summer.
The Alnwick Garden
Head to Northumberland and visit the Alnwick garden where a unique combination of spaces, themes and blooms come together in spectacular fashion. Designed by Jacques and Peter Wirtz the garden delights all the senses with over 4,000 plant varieties to enjoy and countless water features to explore.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
As one of the world’s leading botanic gardens, take the day to enjoy this UNESCO World Heritage site, based just 30 minutes from Central London. With over 50,000 living plants and the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse there is plenty to see.
Arley Hall & Gardens
Set in the stunning Cheshire countryside, Arley Hall & Gardens is an excellent example of historic and traditional design incorporated into a modern garden. The land’s rich atmosphere and eight acres of formal garden leave plenty of distinctive areas to explore.
Step back in time with a visit to this Cumbrian hall and gardens. Over ten acres of garden feature a unique collection of plants and the world’s oldest topiary gardens. The estate gathers much of its produce for use in the kitchens were you can sample a delicious, seasonally inspired menu.
The Trentham Estate is located in Staffordshire and is known as one of Capability Brown’s best works, with his iconic design at the centre of the gardens. Having matured into some of the finest gardens in Britain, the grounds offer everything from a peaceful day of exploration to fun and action for all the family.