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Clivedon House and Garden near Taplow. Image via Unsplash.

2021 SPRING’s NATIONAL GARDENS TO VISIT

George Maguire

As Ralph Waldo Emerson once noted ‘the earth laughs in flowers’ and that time of year is beginning now. Across the UK our gardens and outdoor spaces are intensifying in activities and vibrancy. The sun is brighter, the animals waking, and the plants bursting to life. As we move into Spring it is time to enjoy our green spaces again and what better way than by visiting some of the UK’s greatest gardens?  

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1. Mottisfont, Hampshire – link here
 
One of many path’s in Mottisfont gardens. link here
 
Set in Hampshire’s Romsey, the 17th century Mottisfont House & Gallery has incredible riverside gardens complete with a (world famous) walled rose garden, river walks in the ancient trees and enchanting traditional hedgerows. Apparently, hidden in the grounds are both a secret angel and a small waterfall… Let us know if you find them!
 
Where? Mottisfont Ln, Mottisfont, Romsey SO51 0LP
Get your tickets here

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2. Cliveden House and Garden, Taplow – link
 here
 

 Cliveden House & Garden. Image via National Trust.
 
TripAdvisor’s 2020 Travellers Choice Cliveden House and Gardens lies close to the River Thames, a 15-minute drive away from Maidenhead. A site with many royal connections, each garden at Clivedon house (now a luxury hotel) offers different shades of formality and fun. Make sure to enjoy the woodland walks, hedgerow maze and the grand statue of the 2nd Duke of Sutherland.
 
Where? Cliveden Rd, Taplow, Maidenhead SL1 8NS
Get your tickets here
 
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3. Powis Castle and Gardens, Welshpool – link here
 
Powis Castle. Photography  via National Trust
 
Built in 1200, the medieval Powis Castle sits high up on the land, seemingly surveying, guarding even – its gorgeous gardens. Heavily influenced by Italian and French architecture, the gardens feature a terrace orangery, extensive topiary and plenty of wildlife is what is assuredly one of Wales most impressive gardens. Watch out for the roaming peacocks.
 
Where?  Welshpool, SY21 8RF, Wales.
Get your tickets here
 
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4. Wrest Park, Bedfordshire – Link here
 

Image via Wrest Park Facebook.
 
Managed superbly by English Heritage, Wrest Park can be found by travelling north from Luton. Covering an expansive 90 acres, the manor’s gardens traverse a selection of traditions styles from Italian, Dutch and English; replete with classical statues. Enjoy the peaceful Long Water Walk as part of your visit. 
 
Where? Silsoe, Bedfordshire MK45 4HR
Get your tickets here
 
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5. Bodnant Garden, Tal-y-Cafn – link here


Image via National Park.
 
After 150 years of evolution and maintenance, Bodnant Garden is seriously impressive. Local and far away collected species happily shift with the seasons as they grow in the backdrop of the beautiful Carneddau mountains of Snowdonia. With large ponds, woodland walks and immaculate foliage this is the perfect destination to enjoy some away time. 
 
Where? Bodnant Rd, Tal-y-cafn, Colwyn Bay LL28 5RE
Get your tickets here
 
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