Gardens to visit in Berkshire

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Here are some links to gardens to visit, either locally or whist on holiday in Berkshire. The sites we list include other sites recommending gardens as well as individual gardens.

The gardens listed include gardens which have limited access for people to visit, as well as other gardens open to the public all the year round - so check the opening times of particular gardens before going.

General Open Garden sites

National Gardens Scheme - The Charity behind The Yellow Book of gardens open to The public. Often small and usual gardens open just one or two days a year. The site includes The GardenFinder database for finding gardens to visit.

National Trust - Lists The gardens and property owned by The National Trust in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Garden History and Garden Tours - International guide to gardens to visit - includes large number of UK gardens.

British Red Cross Open Gardens programme offers a rare opportunity to explore the secrets of some hidden and private gardens not usually open to the public.

English Heritage - Lists The English Heritage gardens and properties open to The public.

Garden Shows - Diary of gardening shows around The UK.

Please check opening times by website or other contact detail as gardens have their own various opening times.

Gardens to visit in Berkshire

Hampstead Norreys,
RG18 0TN
The Living Rainforest Explore the rainforest, and discover its wonders for yourself. Look out for free roaming lizards, birds and butterflies - you never know where they will appear next! Plus monkeys, a crocodile, toucans, snakes and much more. See some of the world's most popular food plants - bananas, coffee, cocoa, ginger, vanilla - and plants that give us life -enhancing medicines, cosmetics and building materials.
35-39 London Street,
RISC Roof Garden An edible forest garden on the flat roof above the conference hall. Designed as an educational tool using permaculture principles, the garden has become an oasis in the centre of Reading, a demonstration of how a garden can support more sustainable lifestyles and provide a practical solution to the problems of 'Peak oil' and global climate change.

Check the website for Open Days etc.
Lower Basildon,
Basildon Park Expansive countryside surrounds the Basildon Park mansion house with splendid views towards the Thames and the Chilterns. Enjoy a walk in our 400 acres of parkland and woodland, and take in the breathtaking views. Throughout the year enjoy the changing colours of the landscape.

The garden is beautiful all year round. Take a stroll around Lady Iliffe's Rose Garden, enjoy a game of noughts and crosses in the hazel hideout then relax on the lawn with a picnic and make the most of the glorious views of the house and surroundings.
Englefield House Gardens Much of the original planting is still in place and this includes varieties of rhododendron, azalea, camellia, magnolia, hamamelis, parrotia, cornus, davidia and acer.

Check the website for opening dates and times etc.
Windsor Great Park Once part of a vast Norman hunting forest it was enclosed in the late 13th Century. Covering 2,020 hectares of parkland, it includes a mix of formal avenues, gardens, woodland, open grassland and a Deer Park.

The Great Park and its forest are renowned for its scattering of great ancient oaks, which all add to the magnificent history of the Great Park.
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