Garden Visits

A fun scene from Special Plants nursery near ChippenhamI've written lots of articles about the gardens I've visited, which have their own label (Garden Visit), but this can be quite irksome to search through to find what you'd like to read. 

This page is designed to make that search a little easier. Within each article you'll find further links to give you more information on the garden featured.

At the end of this page, I've added some links to more general websites, blogs and books which you may find useful.

You may also like my posts on visits to shows such as Chelsea, or the talks I've attended.

Malvern Show has a blog all of its own as we had a bloggers get together there one year. It's a great resource for anyone planning to visit the show or its autumn cousin.

Around Wiltshire

Multiple visits
Single visits
Garden Walks - a strand where I visit gardens open for the NGS within walking distance of my house. This post introduces the concept and also features visits to The Courts and Lacock Abbey in March and February respectively.

A little further afield (surrounding counties)

  • Knoll Gardens - an evaluation of Persicaria 'Fat Domino' with scenes from September 2014's visit


High days and holidays - further afield in England

Around London
RHS Gardens

  • Caerhays and the national collection of Magnolias (via Gabriel Ash), April 2016
  • Heligan, January 2017 which shows a garden that looks good in winter bodes well for the rest of the year
  • Wildside - July 2010 (check first - may not be open to the public)

Venturing abroad - in its widest sense

USA and Canada
  • The Bloedel Reserve, Seattle - July 2011 (with links to subsequent posts), plus a sunny day revisit in 2014
  • All the posts about public and private gardens, plus the public planting from my visits to the Garden Bloggers Flings in Seattle (2011), Portland (2014), Toronto (2015), Washington DC (2017), Austin (2018), and Denver (2019)

Other Articles

In Veg Plotting:

Elsewhere on the web:

Useful Links

American Horticultural Society
American Public Gardens Association
English Heritage
Garden Visit (NB covers gardens worldwide)
Historic Houses Association
National Gardens Scheme
National Trust
National Trust for Scotland
Royal Horticultural Society
The Galloping Gardener

Useful Books

Around the World in 80 Gardens
Gardens of the National Trust
How to Read an English Garden
The English Garden
The Garden Visitor's Companion
The Gardens of Europe: a Traveller's Guide
The Good Gardens Guide

Your essential reads

Jack Go To Bed At Noon

That blue flower: A spring spotter's guide

Salad Days: Mastering Lettuce

Testing Times: Tomatoes

Salad Days: Salads for Damp Places

The Resilient Garden

Chelsea Fringe 2014: Shows of Hands - Episode I

VPs VIPs: Derry Watkins of Special Plants

#mygardenrightnow: heading into summer with the Chelsea Fringe

Introducing the #mygardenrightnow project