England is truly a nation of garden lovers with more English gardens open to the public than anywhere else in the world.  From the quintessential herbaceous borders, to clipped order of topiary, there is a garden for every taste, every day of the year.

Details of our forthcoming garden tours can be found in the 2018 Tours section, or alternatively you can download our full-colour brochure. We do offer bespoke tours for private groups, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have an idea you’d like to discuss for your group – we’d be more than happy to assist.

Abbey House Gardens

Mark how the yellow iris wearily Leans back its throat, as though it would be kissed By its false chamberer, the dragon-fly, Who, like a blue vein on a girl’s white wrist, Sleeps on that snowy primrose of the night, Which ‘gins to flush with crimson shame, and die...

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other word would smell as sweet. William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Anne Hathaway's Cottage, the thatched family farm home of William Shakespeare’s wife. A delightfully abundant and picturesque typical English cottage...

Asthall Manor

Fresh spring the herald of love's mighty king, In whose coat armour richly are display'd All sorts of flowers the which on earth do spring In goodly colours gloriously array'd. Edmund Spenser (1552-1599) Asthall Manor, overlooking the Windrush Valley, dates from the...

Barnsley House

From the greengrocer tree you get grapes and green pea, Cauliflower, pineapple and cranberries, While the pastrycook plant cherry brandy will grant, Apple puffs, and three corners, and Banburys. Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911) During Rosemary Verey’s...

Biddulph Grange

“A Sensitive Plant in a garden grew, And the young winds fed it with silver dew, And it opened its fan-like leaves to the light. And closed them beneath the kisses of Night.” “The Sensitive Plant”, Shelley Biddulph Grange is Britain’s best surviving Victorian garden...

Bourton House

“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine: There sleeps Titania sometime of the night, Lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight.” A...

Chatsworth

"A garden is a Grand Teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire Trust”. Gertrude Jekyll Chatsworth, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is set in the heart of the Peak District in...

Coughton Court

The flowers that bloom in the spring, tra la, Breathe promise of merry sunshine; As we merrily dance and we sing, tra la, We welcome the hope that they bring, tra la Of a summer of roses and wine. The Mikado, Sir William Schwenck Gilbert  Coughton Court is brimming...

Eastleach House

"Some peoples can grow things and some peoples can't" "Old Fashioned Gardener", 'Vita' Sackville-West (1892-1962) Eastleach House is a master-class in plantsmanship and inspirational colour theming as well as design. Stephanie and her late husband, David, started with...

Godinton House

How slender, simple, shy, divinely chaste, She wilting stood, Her suppleness at pause, by leisure graced, In robes archaic by the chisel woo’d, That smoothly flowed around her waist And all her figure traced, And at her feet in fluid ripples broke; 'Vita'...

Gresgarth Hall

Mark how the yellow iris wearily Leans back its throat, as though it would be kissed By its false chamberer, the dragon-fly, Who, like a blue vein on a girl’s white wrist, Sleeps on that snowy primrose of the night, Which ‘gins to flush with crimson shame, and die...

Haddon Hall

How slender, simple, shy, divinely chaste, She wilting stood, Her suppleness at pause, by leisure graced, In robes archaic by the chisel woo’d, That smoothly flowed around her waist And all her figure traced, And at her feet in fluid ripples broke; 'Vita'...

Harewood House

“there I make a comma, and there, where a more decided turn is proper, I make a colon; at another part, where an interruption is desirable to break the view, a parenthesis; now a full stop, and then I begin another subject”  Capability Brown Harewood House was built...

Highgrove

"it is better to work with nature than against it" H.R.H. The Prince of Wales Highgrove House was built in 1796 to 1798 by John-Paul Paul, and believed to have been designed by architect Anthony Keck. The Paul family lived there until 1860. The Duchy of Cornwall...

Hill Top

“Peter was not very well during the evening. His mother put him to bed, and made some chamomile tea: "One table-spoonful to be taken at bedtime.” Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter bought Hill Top in 1905, having fallen in love with the Lake...

Holker Hall

“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine: There sleeps Titania sometime of the night, Lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight. A...

Leeds Castle

“...the loveliest castle in the world..” Lord Conway Leeds Castle has enjoyed a colourful past and an important role in British History. Listed in the Domesday Book, Leeds Castle was originally built as a Saxon Manor in 857 AD, becoming home to the Norman Crevecoeur...

Littlethorpe Manor

"Some peoples can grow things and some peoples can't" "Old Fashioned Gardener", Vita Sackville-West The current owners of Littlethorpe Manor, Mr and Mrs Thackray purchased Littlethorpe Manor in 1985. The Manor house itself dates from around 1700, but had several...

Long Barn

"My garden all is overblown with roses, My spirit all is overblown with rhyme”. Vita Sackville-West Long Barn has a fascinating history with part of the original house dating back to the 1400's. In 1913, a Mrs. Gillian Gilchrist Thompson, began restoring the house...

Mill Dene

Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made, By singing:- 'Oh, how beautiful!' and sitting in the shade, While better men than we go out and start their working lives At grubbing weeds from gravel paths with broken dinner knives. Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)...

Mount St John

We are the sweet flowers Born of sunny showers. Think, whene’er you see us, what our beauty saith: Utterance, mute and bright, Of some unknown delight, We fill the air with pleasure by our simple breath. James Henry Leigh Hunt  A stunning contemporary garden on the...

Oxford Botanic Garden

“I take the master to the show And tell him things he doesn't know. I talk to him as man to man And try to teach him all I can. I never hurt his feelings mind, I always walk a step behind And try to tell him things that he Is giving good advice to me.” Master of Man...

Parcevall Hall

"A garden is a Grand Teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire Trust”. Gertrude Jekyll Much of what we see today at Parcevall Hall testifies to the vision of Sir William Milner (1893-1960). He...

The Laskett Gardens

How slender, simple, shy, divinely chaste, She wilting stood, Her suppleness at pause, by leisure graced, In robes archaic by the chisel woo’d, That smoothly flowed around her waist And all her figure traced, And at her feet in fluid ripples broke; 'Vita'...

Througham Court

 “A garden is to be a world unto itself, it had better make room for the darker shades of feeling as well as the sunny ones. William Kent Througham Court is garden designer, Christine Facer’s own garden, hidden away in a beautiful, remote and unspoilt Cotswold Hills...

Upton Wold

“A Sensitive Plant in a garden grew, And the young winds fed it with silver dew, And it opened its fan-like leaves to the light. And closed them beneath the kisses of Night.” “The Sensitive Plant”, Shelley Set in a beautiful Cotswold landscape, this hidden private...

Windsor Castle

"I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year, “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown”. And he replied “Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than a light, and safer than a known way.”...

World of Wedgwood

“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine: There sleeps Titania sometime of the night, Lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight. A...

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