Best English gardens and tours
What better way to enjoy lovely landscaping and beautiful flowers than on a walk through a few of England’s most stunning gardens? Blessed with gorgeous greenery and the ideal growing conditions for a huge host of flowers and shrubs, England boasts some great gardens.
Take a stroll through one of England’s many lush locations and discover a few of the country’s hidden gems and most exciting gardens for yourself. There are few more relaxing ways to spend an afternoon than enjoying the sights, smells and sounds of an English country garden.
Finding England’s best gardens
There are so many great spots to choose from that you might need some help narrowing down which gardens to visit first. Get your search for your favourite spot started with this excellent list of the 25 best English gardens as chosen by Gardens Illustrated. There, you’ll find everything from unusual plants on Isles of Scilly to unexpected delights in Chelsea Physic Garden in London. Garden Visit is another great resource for lovers of green lawns and interesting flowers. It has a garden hub that helps you find good places to visit in each of England’s regions, perfect if you’re looking for a location close to home.
The Independent has also put together a list of its 10 best garden visits, handy if you’re struggling to choose which garden might suit you best. Another useful resource is the Great British Gardens site. It’s designed especially to offer a reference for anyone who’s hoping to find gardens to visit throughout the UK and it also has some nice extras, such as lists of which gardens are most beautiful during which seasons.
Tours for discovering the best of England’s gardens
While exploring England and uncovering a host of nice gardens on the way can be fun, it can also be a little hit and miss. To ensure you get the maximum enjoyment out of your garden visits, you could consider booking a tour that will highlight all of the hottest spots. There are many experienced tour operators offering terrific garden tours, including Flora Garden Tours. These interesting tours are run by a biologist of international repute who can offer extra insights into the lovely plant life on show. They also cover many of England’s finest gardens, ranging from famous spots to some lesser known gardens that are rarely open to the public.
You’ll also find some excellent bespoke tours on offer from Sisley Garden Tours, which has been running its own brilliant explorations of England’s gardens for more than 20 years. Sisley’s pride is the personal service all of their tours offer – as well as their ability to choose some of the loveliest gardens around. If you already have some specific gardens in mind but you’d like some help creating an itinerary, Discover England could provide just what you’re looking for. Not only can you choose from a selection of great gardens, but you can book your own driver and experienced tour guide too. Discover a few of England’s best kept secrets on a tour of its green spaces.
What are your favourite gardens to visit?