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Which gardens are really inspirational to visit?

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Blueskytoday Wed 03-Aug-16 12:14:25

Recently visited Rhs Harlow Carr.

Left feeling a bit meh about it, cost forty pounds to go in. There was a nice play area for kids, plant centre and shop were good.

The planting and design was all a bit dull, nothing really made me go wow.

The kitchen garden area was nice.

There wasn't any roses, climbers , cottage garden kind of overflowing look that I like.

Are there any gardens that are more my kind of thing?

Would love to visit Sarah Ravens garden and sissing hurst, love that kind of over full, cram every nook and cranny , cover every wall, with climbers etc.

DelphiniumBlue Wed 03-Aug-16 12:16:51

Beth Chattos garden near Colchester is interesting. We went in winter, but planning to revisit very shortly.

CharminglyGawky Wed 03-Aug-16 12:44:17

I've got to admit gardens aren't really my thing but I took my Nan to West Dean Gardens near Chichester once and they were spectacular. We both really really enjoyed the day, lots of different areas to explore we were there hours and barely felt we had seen much... Nan does walk quite slowly though!

Nice cafe and gift shop as well, not sure that I saw a play area or the like but we didn't have kids with us so weren't looking.

handslikecowstits Wed 03-Aug-16 12:48:20

Hidcote Manor. Johnson's idea was to build a cottage garden on a grand scale.

Kwirrell Wed 03-Aug-16 15:49:52

Great Windsor Park, the Savill Garden.
Queen Elizabeth Park Stratford
Anglesey Abbey, go in January to see the amazing Winter Garden
Rosemoor if you like roses
Beth Chatto any time of the year
Monet Garden, Giverney, France
I agree about Hatlow Carr.

My favourites are the private gardens opened for charity, in the NGS scheme

smearedinfood Wed 03-Aug-16 15:57:20

We loved Knebworth house, pretty, but there is also a dinosaur trail that the boys loved. My two year has been talking about the dinosaurs for the last week.
The Lost Gardens of Heligon are lovely
I thought the Eden Project was lovely, but just a bit too steep in price.

smearedinfood Wed 03-Aug-16 15:57:53

Oh and Laycock Abbey is nice as well.

Blueskytoday Wed 03-Aug-16 19:07:28

Thanks for the ideas everyone, will look into them.
Have been to monets garden few years ago, remember it being gorgeous.
The whole village of giverney seemed to be covered in roses, beautiful place.

Blueskytoday Wed 03-Aug-16 19:08:06

What's the Monet quote? I must always have flowers?

Scoopmuckdizzy Wed 03-Aug-16 19:09:33

Aberglasney is beautiful.

Tinklypoo Wed 03-Aug-16 19:13:44

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Tatiebee Wed 03-Aug-16 19:45:09

Alnwick Garden is stunning, they're featuring a poison garden at the moment and have a beautiful ornamental garden.

plipplops Fri 05-Aug-16 21:30:55

Went to Highgrove this weekend with my mum, really enjoyed it.

everywhichway Fri 05-Aug-16 22:17:22

Great Dixter is great for a full-on sensory experience. Voluptuous, billowing, vibrant and colourful planting schemes - so dense you have to fight your way through in places - all contained within a very formal layout. And a gorgeous old house to boot. Go there - it's totally inspiring! (Not the place if you're into manicured lawns and muted pastels though....)

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