There are many things that the British are famous for…
Quirky Science Fiction (think Doctor Who and Red Dwarf), excessive fried breakfasts and exquisite garden shows.
From the opulent environs of London’s Chelsea Flower Show, to the more discreet hidden treasures of Cornwall’s Lost Garden’s of Heligan – British Summer Time is the best time of year to get outside and appreciate the hard work and ingenuity that goes into maintaining a stunning English garden. Thousands of dedicated gardeners around the UK have been spending the Winter and the Spring months eagerly designing, trimming and planting around Britain’s public gardens.
Now that the Summer weather is well and truly upon us, why not take advantage of the longer days and make some excursions into the great outdoors to check out what Great Britain’s country houses and gardens have to offer?
Rose Festival at RHS Garden Rosemoor
Rosemoor Garden, nestled in the idyllic environs of North Devon, is worth a visit at any time of the year, regardless of your interest in horticulture. An enchanting blend of formally arranged gardens and relaxed varied arrangements, Rosemoor is one of the best hidden secrets that the RHS has in it’s ownership. Originally conceived and designed by Lady Anne Palmer, the oldest sections of the garden have continued to represent her passion for flowers and plant specimens from all over the world.
Included in these grounds are two of the largest (and most beautiful) rose gardens in Britain. Visit RHS Garden Rosemoor between the 17th June and 30th July and you’ll be able to see expert florists arrange flowers and embark on A Rose Trail, taking you on a scented journey throughout the garden’s rose offerings.
Laboratory Tour at RHS Garden Wisley
The RHS was given the home and garden of Wisley over a hundred years ago by former owner and Treasurer of the Society, George Fergusson Wilson. At the time of this donation, in 1903, only a very small section of the 60 acre estate was dedicated to gardening, with the majority of the land dedicated to farmland. Before this though, George Wilson had already built a reputation for making ‘difficult plants grow successfully’, cultivating rare Japanese plants, such as irises, primulas and water plants.
Throughout the Summer, you can get an insight into how the RHS cultivate and breed rare plants by taking a Laboratory tour. For the price of £15, you can get a unique look into how horticultural research is carried out by the RHS’ scientists and how this is applied to their gardening techniques.
Chatsworth Flower Show at Chatsworth House
Although there are countless grand country houses dotted around Great Britain, it’s hard to find one to beat Chatsworth House in terms of grandeur and design. Passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family, this is a typical example of an English manor house that has been kept exceptionally well. In addition to one of the best kept manor houses in England, you can also explore some 1000 acres of exquisite parkland which will be filled to the brim this June with some of the best gardeners in Britain.
This year the RHS are bringing a brand new show to Chatsworth. Standing alongside its contemporaries such as the Chelsea, Hampton Court and Tatton Park shows; RHS Chatsworth Flower Show will be celebrating the creative designers of gardeners from the past – including Joseph Paxton, the estate’s much acclaimed designer. Fro the 7th-11th June ticket holders will have access to a vast range of cutting-edge gardens and will also be able to take a peak at gardens entered into a new category for the RHS: ‘FreeFrom’, which will encourage radical sculptural designs and daring structures.