Cricket St Thomas Hotel Gardens in April

This Somerset hotel’s beautiful and extensive gardens and lakes are Grade II listed. In 2010 documents from 1895 and 1919 were used to reinstate these lovely grounds to their original design. The Grotto Water Garden is particularly lovely and was designed by Kate Gould who won a Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show for … Read more

Burrow Farm Gardens, East Devon’s Secret Garden

Burrow Farm Gardens is situated in the beautiful countryside between Axminster and Honiton. The 13-acre garden has colour throughout the year. At the time of our visit, there were spring flowers plus stunning Azaleas and Rhododendrons. Mary and John Benger moved to Burrow Farm in 1959. John built up a dairy herd while Mary started … Read more

Anglesey Abbey, a Jacobean-style house with a spectacular garden

At the age of 30, the future Lord Fairhaven began to create his first home from a run-down country house and desolate landscape. Wanting to inspire and surprise visitors, he created a spectacular garden with planting for all seasons and a cosy house in which to entertain. Life revolved around horse racing and shooting, and … Read more

A host of golden daffodils at Wimpole Estate

This is a walking tour of the grounds at Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire, where we enjoy the swathes of bright daffodils. There are 85 different varieties of daffodils plus many other spring flowers to be seen. Wimpole is a National Trust property. The address is Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire, SG8 0BW Recorded on 18 … Read more

A fabulous display of snowdrops at Benington Lordship Gardens

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The snowdrops are carpeted around the remains of the Norman castle keep and surrounding moat at Benington Lordship. Also in bloom are hellebores, aconites, and winter flowering shrubs, as well as the coloured stems of acers, cornus, and willow around the ponds. The gardens are opened for snowdrop viewing every year in February. Benington Lordship … Read more

Montacute House – a masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture

Montacute House

With its towering walls of glass, the glow of ham stone, and surrounding garden and parkland, it is a place of beauty and wonder. This masterpiece was completed in 1601. Built by skilled craftsman using local ham stone the house was a statement of wealth, ambition, and showmanship. It is a National Trust property in … Read more

Ventnor Botanic Garden in October

Ventnor Botanic Garden

Ventnor Botanic Garden is in a remarkable microclimate at the heart of the famous Undercliff on the Isle of Wight. This unique garden is protected from the cold northerly winds by chalk downs. The Garden is unrivaled for its collections of subtropical plants grown unprotected out of doors. The address is Ventnor Botanic Garden, Undercliff … Read more

RHS Garden Wisley in September

RHS Garden Wisley

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity and Wisley is one of the world’s great gardens. In September the flower beds and borders are a riot of colour and the dahlias are at their best. Recorded on 17 September 2021 with a DJI Pocket camera. Address: RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 … Read more

Hestercombe – 50 acres of quintessential Somerset gardens

Hestercombe

Spanning three centuries of garden design, Hestercombe Gardens offers a unique combination and varied experience of the Georgian Landscape Garden designed in the 1750s, the Victorian Shrubbery, and the Edwardian Formal Gardens, early 1900s. Hestercombe Gardens are near Taunton in Somerset. Recorded on 27 May 2021 with a DJI Pocket 2 camera. Address: Hestercombe, Taunton TA2 … Read more

Chastleton, a Jacobean country house near Moreton-in-Marsh

Chastleton

Chastleton House in Oxfordshire, was built between 1607 and 1612 by the prosperous wool merchant, Walter Jones, as an impressive statement of his wealth and power. With virtually no intrusion from the 21st century, this fascinating place exudes an informal and timeless atmosphere in a gloriously unspoiled setting. It is in the care of the … Read more