Spring is the time of cleaning rush and gardening rush, as the nation’s favorite hobby arose from underneath the snow. All British, big or small, dream of having a beautiful garden, like the Versailles and many have to resume to a few Jamie Oliver style cuisine herbs in the window. But you can visit the great, dreamy gardens.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
A World Heritage Site, the gardens offer plenty of wildlife to see, as they are a heaven for birdwatchers and will amaze with the Georgians’ way of gardening. Georgians hired “hermits” to live in especially built caves and act like an “original” hermit. They were paid after 7 years for their services. Hermit’s Grotto, the fountains and the ruins of the Fountains Abbey are a pleasant scenery.
The scale of this garden can scary anyone, but the rumors on the hall’s haunting can put chills on your back. But no ghost has ever been seen in daytime in the garden. Instead, the garden is the home of chess pieces made of bushes and a delightful range of roses and herbs.
RHS Garden Wisley
Voted the nation’s favorite garden in the BBC Countryfile Magazine 2013 Awards, the garden features bush-sculptures, experimental gardening fields, rose gardens and a glasshouse which houses the event imaginatively called Butterflies in the Glasshouse on 9th of March.
Lost Gardens of Heligan
A mid-18th century garden lost and turned into deserted land, restored to its former glory in the 1990’s is the home of the “Mud Maid” bush-sculpture which can cast a spell on visitors and make them never want to leave it. The garden has a pineapple pit (last surviving one in Europe) and hundreds of fruits, veggies and herbs to be seen and smelled.
Located in Scotland’s Dumfries and Galloways, the magnificent estate covers 1600 acres. The Threave House can be visited if you book in advance, but the gardens can be visited at any time. If you want to see the daffodils in full bloom, pay a visit to Threave during spring. In the other seasons you will be able to see the bats and a rich variety of wildlife. To learn how to grow such a magnificent garden you can enroll a full -year long gardening class.
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gradens, Dorset
The Subtropical gardens are home of herbs from around the world, which can be quite spectacular in full bloom. The gardens also feature a children’s farm and a swannery, which will be reopened on 22nd of March 2014.