As well as having so much rich history, Britain is also home to some of the most beautiful gardens – from The Alnwick Garden (including the Poison Garden) to the grounds of Kensington Palace.
For this post, I’ve teamed up with Oldrids and Downtown, retailers of stunning conservatory furniture, to discover some of the most beautiful gardens in the country. I’ve never actually been to any of these places but since seeing this list, I now want to make an effort to go to each one during the summer.
Kensington Palace Gardens
If you’re a fan of Peter Pan, you’ll love this one! Kensington Palace Gardens was the key inspiration behind the famous children’s book series Peter Pan by J M Barrie. As well as being home to our favourite royals, the palace is world renowned for its spectacular garden space. The Sunken Garden will make for an intimate experience and allow you to develop your peace of mind during your stroll. There’s plenty of photo opportunities here too.
The palace prides itself on its gardens, and keeps up with the historic traditions that were once in place. In the spring, tulips, pansies and wallflowers bloom, whilst during summer, you will see geraniums, cannas and begonias pop out with colour. As a result, you can see something different all year round.
One of the most popular attractions of the gardens is the marble Queen Victoria Statue that sits in the East entrance of Kensington Palace, as well as the Diana, Princess of Wales’ Memorial Playground which is perfect for a day out with the kids. Remember to take plenty of pics!
It’s easily accessible by public transport if you’re visiting London, so you have to add this to your list of places to visit.
Biddulph Grange Garden
If you’re looking for a garden that will open your eyes to different cultures, a trip to Biddulph will do just this. The 15-acre land is split into different sections that represent different countries across the globe, with Chinese, Egyptian and multiple themes running throughout. It will give you a greater perspective to gardening features around the world. The idea of this reminds me of Epcot at Disney World which had some beautiful gardens.
The Egyptian landscape includes towering square hedges and a grand temple protected by two pairs of sphinxes. The temple has detailed stonework with bright colours that accompany the golden yews that were planted within this area. A mysterious passageway that leads to the temple is lit by red lights and there’s also stained-glass window which allows you to see the detail of the monkey-god sculptures and more. I would love to visit the Egyptian section and it would be a great place for a photo shoot!
The beauty of The China Garden is that it brings the entire Chinese culture to one place. Using colour to its advantage, bright reds, yellows and greens are featured on all of the structures within the garden — from pond bridges to pagoda’s. This is the part that I think I would love the most, if it’s anything like the gardens at Epcot. The garden also includes a pagoda tree, paulownia tomentosa, azaleas, bamboos, hostas and more, as well as plants from Japan, Britain and America.
This one is quite close to me in Staffordshire, so i definitely need to go.
The Alnwick Garden
Here’s a garden that’s up in the north east of England.
Visiting The Alnwick Garden is like stepping into another world. Home to famous fountains, poison gardens and one of the biggest treehouses in the world — this place has it all. The 14-acre site has a history of plant growth, as the 3rd Duke of Northumberland brought seeds from all over the world to populate the garden with blooming flowers and generate a unique spark within the community. Now, the site has over 200 species of plants — including some which are deadly.
What makes this location different to any other on our list is that they have a Poison Garden. But the question is, are you brave enough to enter? Locked by cast-iron gates with skull plaques saying “These Plants Can Kill”, the garden includes strychnos nux-vomica, hemlock, Ricinus communis and more deadly plants. However, the garden stands for a much greater purpose as it aims to educate people on drugs by featuring cannabis, coca and papaver smniferum. This would be great for a Halloween photoshoot!
If you love an adventure, the treehouse that has been built from sustainable Canadian cedar, Scandinavian redwood as well as English and Scots pine is the place you should be going. The wobbly rope bridges will lead you to the treehouse café and restaurant and this would be a great place to take children who love to adventure.
Which garden will you be heading to?