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England

Bucks

The Manor House, Bledlow (esp The Lyde Garden, a green-leaf, stream garden)

Cornwall

Tremenheere, nr Penzance (all these cornish gardens feature lush, often exotic greenery, especially tree ferns)

*Trengwainton, Penzance.

Trewidden, Penzance

Derbyshire

Chatsworth, Bakewell

Renishaw Hall, nr Sheffield

Devon

Dartington Hall, Totnes. Englands only example of the work of the great American designer Beatrix Farrand.

Garden House, Buckland Monachorum.

Dorset

Athellhampton, Puddletown.

Mapperton, Nr Beaminster.

Shute House, Geoffrey Jellicoe's masterpiece

Essex

Marks Hall, Coggeshall.

Saling Hall, Braintree

Glos

*Hidcote, Chipping Camden.

Old Rectory, Duntisbourne Rous.

Hants

West Green House, Hartley Whitney

Herefordshire

Bryans Ground, Nr Presteigne

Kent

*Sissinghurst, Cranbrook

Lancs

Gresgarth Hall, Caton

Leics

Orchards, Walton (My garden).

Long Close , Woodhouse Eaves. Many fine specimen trees & Shrubs

London

Thames Barrier Park

Northants

Boughton House (The Orpheus Garden) Geddington.

Coton Manor, Guilsborough.

Kelmarsh Hall.

*Lyveden New Bield. Oundle.

Oxon

*Buscot (the most perfect water garden in England?).

Garsington.

Rousham, nr Steeple Aston.

Westwell Manor, Burford.

The Grove.

Somerset

Greencombe, Porlock

Surrey

*Claremont, Esher

Wiltshire

*The Courts, Holt.

*Stourhead, Stourton.

Yorks

Scamspton Hall, Malton.

*Studley Royal, Ripon.

Bramham Park, Wetherby.

Yorkgate, Leeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scotland

Aberdeenshire

Crathes Castle

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation (Maggie Keswick & Charles Jencks. The most important garden of the second half of the 20th Century?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wales

 

*Bodnant, Conway

Plas Brondanw, Gwynedd

Republic of Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

Italy

 

Villa d'Este, Tivoli

Villa Lante, Bagnaia,Viterbo

Villa Gamberaia, Settignano, Florence

 

France

Dordogne

Chateau Marqueyssac, Dordogne

Terrasson-La-Villedieu, Dordogne

 

Belgium

Antwerp

Wirtz Garden, Botermelk, Antwerp

 

Japan

 

 

Saiho-ji, Kyoto (The Moss Garden)

Ginkaku-ji, Kyoto (The Silver Pavillion)

Katsura Rikyu, Kyoto

Kenroku - en, Kanazawa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA

 

Bloedel Reserve, Seattle

Dumbarton Oaks, Georgetown Washington DC

 

Sri Lanka

 

Lunuganga, Bentota

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Shute House. a water garden designed by Geoffrey Jellicoe

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Mark's Hall. A modernist garden within Victorian walls

Hidcote Manor. Perhaps the finest Arts & Crafts garden in England. Also interesting for wealth of plants grown there.

Orchards. Walton. (My Garden)

Rousham. The perfect landscape garden.

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Crathes. A rich plant palette sensitively & expertly laid out.

Garden of Cosmic Speculation. The "Slug Lakes" are stupendous & there is much else to enjoy even if, at times, the garden seems to strain too hard to match the weight of scientific theory loaded on to it.

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Some Notable Greenleaf Gardens to Visit

 

A personal selection – I have visited most of them – other suggestions very welcome.

This gardens encompass many different types and styles, formal and informal, large and small, some quite flowery, others sparing in their use of flowers, some ancient, some very new. However, what they do or have in common is that, in varying ways, they inspire by their use of green foliage

For opening times check The Good Gardens Guide, The Yellow Book or the web.

* = National Trust

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In England's green & pleasant land

William Blake  ( 1757 - 1827 )  Jerusalem

 

The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum.

 

The Dillon Garden, Dublin (Helen Dillon's famed town garden)