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We will be traveling to the UK in mid-September 2012 specifically to visit wonderful gardens (big, small and secret). Any recommendations as to tours, guides or specific gardens that should be on our 'not to be missed' list? We have not yet decided on which areas of England we'll be visiting, so we're completely flexible at this point. We'll be there for about two weeks.

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1. Re: UK Garden Tours

Oh, I don't know how you'll pick.

Some to start researching,

Kew Gardens (London)

http://www.kew.org/

Savill Garden (Surrey)

theroyallandscape.co.uk/landscape/…

Hidcote Gardens (Cotswolds, north of Broadway)

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote/

Chelsea Physic Garden (London)

http://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/

RHS Wisley Gardens (Surrey)

http://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal (Yorkshire)

http://www.fountainsabbey.org.uk/

You could also see the beautiful grounds of Hampton Court Palace and Windsor Castle after visiting them.

There's oh-so many more. I don't envy you having to choose.

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2. Re: UK Garden Tours

I would also strongly recommend getting a guidebook if you haven't yet done so. DK Eyewitness Travel Series Great Britain is excellent.

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Many National Trust properties have great gardens. They are places all over the country: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/

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4. Re: UK Garden Tours

Maybe you need to think about do you want a theme to this, like historical gardens or small gardens...there are so many its hard to know where to start. Do you like formal gardens, wild gardens or veg gardens? Or Gardeners from history.

Mid September many flowering plants will be over (not all) so it might be better to look at gardens with a formal, layout ot small manor attached .

As Laura I would think Kew (tho a bit disappointed my self), The Physic Garden,

The Queens gardens www.royalcollection.org.uk/default.asp…

Westonbirt Aboretum is a beautiful woodland with lovely colour in the leaves at this time of year. www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-6xcljc

My preference at this time of year would be the ones with great estates like Chatsworth House designed by Caperbility Brown who also did

Alnwick Castle

Blenheim Palace – said to be his masterpiece

Burghley House

Bowood House

Harewood House

Holkham Hall

Longleat

Fix a stately home or National Park and look for gardens in that area, then you get scenery, villages & gardens!

Small local but still special gardens so many as we are full of manor houses and stately homes so when you know where you are going post again and the small or specialist ones can be suggested.

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6. Re: UK Garden Tours

In Essex alone there are many good gardens to Visit. Each County of the country has some great ones!

Making a list of the ones in Essex, and the others that I can think of all over the country, I doubt is going to help much, really!

You could have a look at this though:

rhs.org.uk/About-Us/…RHS-Travel-Collection

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8. Re: UK Garden Tours

RHS (Royal Horticultural Scoiety) Wisley is definitely worth a visit. gardens, glasshouses, rockeries, alpine houses, formal gardens and borders,trees, a centre for research-simply marvellous

The late Christopher Lloyd''s garden at Great Dixter is an acknowledged classic http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/index.htm

Sissinghurst is a masterpiece nationaltrust.org.uk/things-to-see-and-do/…

All in the south and worth a mini tour

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9. Re: UK Garden Tours

I just came in again to second Diz post for the National Garden Scheme for unusual smaller gardens http://www.ngs.org.uk/ often peoples private gardens that have been strictly checked.

Also the idea of Devon & Cornwall with The Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project and Tresco is very unusual.

Or you could pick small manor houses like Lytes Cary …blogspot.com/2011/07/secret-somerset-garden… This site has a lot of links to the places mentioned & some!

If you were to come in May June you would find a lot of villages open their gardens for charity and it can be amazing what people have behind their house.

So many, we are still a nation of gardeners you see ;-)

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10. Re: UK Garden Tours

Newby Hall in North Yorkshire has wonderful grounds/gardens with the bonus of a Sculpture trail.But... I think some of the previous posts are entirely correct. You need to choose a theme or area and then ask again. There are too many great places to choose from and you will get dizzy even thinking about it. And I haven't even started on the great gardens in Scotland!!

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