English gardens are famous the world over for their beautiful designs, peaceful layouts and stunning and fragrant flowers. Country house gardens as depicted in classic BBC adaptations such as Pride and Prejudice are the envy of many, both in the UK and abroad. Here are some of the UK’s most famous gardens:
1. Highgrove Gardens, Gloucestershire, England
Prince Charles is the high-profile owner of this garden. Once ridiculed for saying that he talks to his flowers, it seems he’s doing something right at his favourite country house.
The wild garden, formal garden and walled kitchen garden are available to be booked by the public for tours.
2. Kew Gardens, London, England
With 320 acres you will never get around it all in one go, but don’t forget to take a look at the Victorian glasshouse built in the shape of an upside-down boat. This organisation is also important to both science and culture, with research constantly being carried out.
3. Portmeirion Gardens, Wales
Designed in the style of an Italian village by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, the mild Portmeirion climate means that the flowers and the trees there flourish – two of the gardens best features are its ‘Dancing Tree’ and ‘Monkey Puzzles’ but there are many more.
4. Abbey Gardens, The Isles of Scilly
The Abbey Gardens feature an astonishing range of subtropical plants growing outdoors – you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in Australia or South Africa, not just off the coast of Cornwall.
5. Royal Hospital Grounds, Chelsea, London
The Royal Hospital Grounds in Chelsea hosts the world’s most popular flower show, the Chelsea Flower Show each May. The 11 acres of the hospital grounds are transformed for the month, hosting thousands of flowers and almost as many visitors.
Gardens are visually stimulating, mentally relaxing and physically invigorating. A day walking around one of these famous gardens is good for the brain, the soul and your health!