Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew

 

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Kew Gardens, London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Enjoy 132 hectares of exceptionally beautiful landscape, home to the world’s most diverse collection of living plants and an internationally recognised scientific research centre.

There is an impressive 250 years of history in the RBG at Kew, however they are also paving the way for the future with not one, but two national bases for research into botanical studies.

There is plenty to see at Kew Gardens from the grand Victorian glasshouses which remain a favourite with visitors, one of which – Temperate House – holds the record for the largest surviving Victorian glasshouse. You also have the Tree Top Walkway which offers amazing views of the grounds to the Chinese Pagoda which was built in 1762 and towers over the southern end of the Gardens.

Whenever you visit Kew Gardens, there is something in bloom and given the exceptional upkeep and huge variety of flora, you’re sure to be inspired.

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RHS Garden Hyde Hall

 

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Sitting prominently on a hilltop with sweeping views across the Essex countryside, Hyde Hall takes full advantage of its 360 degree views.

However, in 1955 when Dr and Mrs Robinson moved to Hyde Hall they found 6 trees at the top of a windswept hill and no garden. For centuries Hyde Hall had been a working farm, however, Mrs Robinson, a keen gardener began to make changes and started to create her own garden. She created herbaceous borders and a vegetable garden close to the house, and established the framework of the garden with around 60 young trees bought at an auction sale.

Since the Robinsons started making their mark on Hyde Hall, it has always been a dynamic garden, constantly changing to meet the various challenges the site and soil have produced.

The Hyde Hall Gardens Trust was set up in 1976 and then in 1993 the garden became the responsibility of the Royal Horticultural Society, having been bequeathed by the Trust to ensure its future survival.

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RHS Garden Wisley

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Wisley is the historic home of the RHS having been given the gardens in 1903. At this time, only a small part of the 60 acre estate was actually cultivated as a garden, the remainder was wooded farmland. The original garden was the creation of George Fergusson Wilson, a businessman, scientist, inventor and keen gardener and a former Treasurer of the Society.

The Society officially moved to Wisley in 1904 and while it was taking place as an ornamental garden, its educational and scientific roles were never forgotten. A small laboratory was opened and the School of Horticulture was founded to teach young people the principles of horticulture and prepare them for careers as professional gardeners.

The trials of flowers, vegetables and fruit, an important part of the Society’s work since 1860, were resumed and expanded. The trials ‘epitomise the Society’s endeavour to show the public the best kinds of plants to grow’ and remain one of the main aspects of the garden. The combination of learning with pleasure is the essence of Wisley.

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West Dean Gardens

 

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West Dean Gardens is one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public today. The gardens are creatively inspired by its heritage and location, being at the foot of the South Downs in East Sussex.

There is a huge amount for visitors to explore, the gardens include a Walled Kitchen Garden and 13 working Victorian glasshouse, extensive richly planted grounds including a stunning 300 foot Edwardian Pergola, and the 50 acre St Roche’s arboretum accessed by the beautiful 2 mile parkland walk.

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