Gardens to visit in Yorkshire
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Here are some links to gardens to visit, either locally or whist on holiday in Yorkshire. 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.
The Gardens of South Yorkshire - are an inspirational collection of 9 exquisite gardens, each with its own unique features.
Please check opening times by website or other contact detail as gardens have their own various opening times.
Gardens to visit in Yorkshire
- is not only home to Wold Top Brewery, Muddy Souls Events and the Mellor family, but it is renowned for its beautiful garden that opens annually under the National Garden Scheme (NGS).
- Harewood is a great family day out. It includes An Adventure Playground for the children and the gardens and Bird gardens for all.
- Contemporary four and a half acre Walled Garden opens for the first time in 2004. It is fully planted but still 'in the making' so some imagination is necessary to envisage the final form that will emerge as the seasons go by. There is a long border walk, under an avenue of 200 lime trees, around the perimeter wall with mainly spring flowering shrubs and under planting. These include Paeonia rockii with their large fragrant flowers; Edgeworthia chrysantha a lovely relative of the genus Daphne; Tetrapanax papyrifer with its huge palmate tropical foliage and Comptonia peregrina from North America with its heavenly scented foliage.
- the grounds at castle Howard have always impressed visitors with their splendour and variety. visitors May enjoy extensive walks through woodlands, formal gardens, along terraces or beside water, and view the buildings and sculptures in the landscape.
Woodlands Cottage Garden
- The garden has several contrasting areas designed to fit in with the character of the stone cottage and surrounding countryside. To one side is a woodland rock -garden with shrubs, perennials and ferns.
Open to visitors on specific Open Days for Charity.
- Influenced by Lawrence Johnston\'s Hidcote Manor in Gloucestershire, Major Compton decided to create a main axis for the garden running from the south front of the house right down to the River Ure. The axis consisted of double herbaceous borders flanked by double yew hedges with a broad grass walk running down the middle. Off it he planned compartmented gardens of formal design like rooms off the main passage of a house - each filled with plants to be at their best for different seasons - truly a 'Garden for all Seasons'.
The gardens he created over 50 years cover 40 acres and make a great contribution to 20th century gardening design.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
- This Nation Trust property of 822 acres includes 18th century water gardens and ornamental lakes, 10 historical buildings with temples, statues, follies and cascades , Medieval wild deer park with more than 500 deer and the most complete Cistercian abbey remains in Britain.
Stillingfleet Lodge Nurseries and Garden
- is a delightful late 18th Century farmhouse surrounded by a series of contrasting gardens with a specialist plant nursery. A RHS partner garden.
Check the website for visitor information (opening times etc.).
Kew at Castle Howard
- An arboretum comprising some 6,500 different taxa (identifiably different types of plant) planted from 1968, when the valuable historic collection formed at the Sunningdale Nursery in Surrey was transported to Ray Wood. This 40-acre area of woodland had been clear-felled and reforested with hardwoods in 1948, but was first surveyed in 1563 and much of the extant ground flora is characteristic of secondary ancient woodland.
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