The Gardens of England
For the British gardening is a national obsession and throughout the length and breadth of the country gardens both large and small are open to the public.
Many of the country's finest gardens are to be found in the South East corner of England, in the counties of Kent and Sussex. With its close proximity to London this region provides many excellent opportunities for day tours from the capital.
Top Gardens to visit in South East England
- Great Dixter
- Penshurst Place
- Wakehurst Place
The Cotswolds, a range of low limestone hills extending from Chipping Campden in the north to Bath in the south, contains some of England's most picturesque countryside and villages.
Scattered throughout the region are a number of true garden gems, both public and private. Hidcote Manor Garden is known to many but add to this list Kiftsgate, Mill Dene Garden, Bourton House and Batsford Arboretum.
The National Garden Scheme
Nowhere is Britain's national obsession with gardening better illustrated that in the National Garden Scheme that was founded in 1927 to raise money for charity. Today the initial 600 gardens open to the public has risen to around 3500 (mostly private). These are listed in the famous "yellow book", which features in the best seller list for non- fiction.