Top Public Gardens of 2016

Gardens to Visit

If you have found your way to this (frankly brilliant!) gardening website, then the chances are you are into gardens and gardening!? Most keen gardeners that I speak to also are fans of visiting gardens to check out what they are growing and how they are growing it.

My Top Gardens of 2016:

In my work and my lifestyle, I am fortunate enough to spend a great deal of time visiting gardens. Here are my top 5 visits of 2016:

*RHS Harlow Carr

rhs-harlow-carrImmaculate gardens in a very ‘RHS’ style. Some wonderful woodland areas with mature trees, stunning borders and beds, immaculate lawned areas. The plant shop was similarly immaculate and I struggled to come away with just one purchase, an unusual Iris. The food in the café is something else! Just make sure you take a few pennies to pay for it. I visited mid-week and the parking was easy and only a few metres to the entrance.

*Kew Gardens

kew-gardensI visit most weeks with my children and there is always something new to see. One really great addition this year has been the log walk. Children (and adults!) can climb up and walk along a planned out walk way. From my perspective, one of the best parts of this new installation is that the trees are all labelled! The various cafes all serve some delicious food and I challenge anyone to not find ‘the perfect gift’ in their shop!

*The Lost Gardens of Heligan

the-lost-gardens-of-heliganWhile not much of a secret any more, this is quite a different garden to visit. The beauty of feeling as if you are discovering a hidden gem is amazing. I visited (for the nth time!) at Easter and there were family-friendly events going on. This changed the feel of the place, but was still good fun. My top tip here is to book ahead if you are visiting in the school holidays and skip the queues. If you are planning on visiting the Eden Project too, then there is a discounted price for buying the tickets together.

*Chelsea Physic Garden

chelsea-physic-gardenOne of London’s real hidden gems. Only a mile or so from Victoria Station is this little wonderland. Visit to find out about medicinal plants and their uses. There is also a permanent display about Carl Linnaeus who developed species classification (giving everything two Latin names). The restaurant and shop are not always open, so it is well worth checking ahead before you visit if you are not local.

Where has been your favourite visit this year? Are you planning any particular garden visits for 2017? Let us know in the comment section below!