Famous Gardens

Halloween Family Fright Nights 01/10/2015

Our top gardening events for October 2015

As we enter autumn, what better way to celebrate the arrival of this season’s fantastic colours, foods and flavours than with a day out at one of these top gardening events… Event: A friend, a book and a garden: the Garden Museum Literary Festival Date: 3rd & 4th October Location: Hatfield House, Hatfield Park, AL9 5NQ This year, the festival will see the appearance of a variety of celebrated gardeners including Alan Ticthmarsh, Dan Pearson and Alys Fowler on hand to give advice and inspiration. The weekend will also involve... Read More

Gareth and Percy at the RSPB Ribble Discovery centre 17/09/2015

A day out at Ribble Discovery Centre

Earlier this week, Percy and I spent the day exploring the Ribble Discovery Centre in the hope of finding birds, butterflies and other wildife. To say we spotted a few different species would be an understatement; Fairhaven Lake was like a busy bird intersection with swans, ducks and ducklings all enjoying the sunshine and making the most of the calm blue lake they call home. Although we didn’t manage to catch one of the monthly guided walks to help rookie birdwatchers like me, we still had a great time discovering... Read More

RHS Garden Wisely Hedges 03/09/2015

Our top gardening events for September 2015

The weather may be starting to cool down this month but the gardening events calendar certainly isn’t! There’s still plenty to do, whether you’re looking for a family day out, somewhere to get your gardening questions answered or a day enjoying a few glasses of real ale, our pick of top gardening events in September has something for everyone. Event: Hedges Date: 3rd September 2015 Location: RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, GU23 6QB Learn everything you need to know to keep your garden hedges looking tip top with this informative course led... Read More

A Beginner's Guide to Designing your own Garden 05/08/2015

Our top gardening events for August 2015

Event: 150th birthday of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Date: The whole month of August Location: RHS Gardens All four RHS gardens are joining together to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland. There’s Wonderland trails taking place at all the gardens, and Rosemoor and Wisley are even hosting a Mad Hatter’s tea party. As well as the big events there’s plenty more free activities running all summer long, perfect for days out with the whole family. You’d be madder than a Mad Hatter to miss it! Event: Summer Family Fun... Read More

the lost gardens of heligan 28/07/2015

Gardens to visit with the kids over the summer holidays

With six weeks to fill with fun activities to keep the kids entertained, the summer holidays can be a little bit daunting. To make things easier we’ve put together a list of gardens and parks to visit, with plenty of events to keep both you and the children happy. National Trust Rufford Old Hall Plant it, Grow it, Eat it on Wednesday 5th August 1pm-3pm at Rufford Old Hall. This educational event gives children the chance to feel like part of the gardening team as they plant seeds that they... Read More

Flowers 19/06/2015

Levens Hall – Hedging, Topiary & Trees

Levens Hall is a family owned estate that is home to a garden, first laid out in the 1690s, containing fantastic high hedges, beautiful flower beds and, not forgetting, its most popular feature; the huge, unique collection of topiary shapes created from Box and Yew. Over 100 shapes make Levens Hall the most extensive topiary garden in the world and as some of the plants are three hundred years old, it’s also the oldest topiary garden in the world. With this being said, we thought we’d give it a visit... Read More

Classic cars 18/06/2015

Treat your dad to a Father’s Day out

Father’s Day is the perfect excuse to get out and about to explore one of Britain’s many beautiful gardens. Treat your dad to a special event at a grand manor house or for a stroll around a sprawling park. Whether he likes the stateliness of afternoon tea, hitting a summer barbecue, or going on a wild adventure, there’s something happening for dads everywhere. Mount Stewart vintage car display The neo-classical house and glorious gardens at Mount Stewart in County Down is once again hosting its acclaimed vintage car display to... Read More

The Pirate Retreat 12/06/2015
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Our guide to Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year

Every gardener will know the pleasure of having a shed to store all the essential gardening equipment and relax in with a cup of tea after a long afternoon outdoors. But sheds don’t solely need to be practical, as the weird and wonderful entries for this year’s Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition illustrates. The top finalists will be featured on a special spin-off of the hit Channel 4 television programme Amazing Spaces. This year’s entries offer a number of surprises and outstanding craftsmanship, with categories for Tardis, Garden Office,... Read More

bristol art and sculpture festival 03/04/2015

Our top gardening events for April 2015

The last couple of months have had the odd gardening show here and there but April is the month when things really get going in the world of horticulture. Here’s our top pick of gardening events for this month: Event: Kew on a Plate Kitchen Garden daily tour Date: 16th March – 22nd May 2015 Location: Kew Gardens Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Richmond Surrey TW9 3AB Have you seen BBC Two’s new programme Kew on a Plate? Well this is your chance to experience the fantastic fruit and vegetable garden... Read More

RHS Cardiff Office Box design 02/04/2015

The Importance of Collaboration for a Greener and More Sustainable Environment

When you work in an industry like horticulture, it’s important to collaborate with other like-minded professionals to create something that has the capacity to move the industry forward. Exhibitions and shows provide the perfect opportunity for companies to link up with landscape gardeners, enabling their innovative concepts to become a reality. For next month’s RHS Cardiff (17-19), the team at Best4hedging has teamed up with award-winning landscaper Robert Hughes, to help make his vision of an idyllic office life a reality, with a new dual-purpose concept garden. Inspired by a... Read More