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Bennington Lordship
Famous for their snowdrop lined moat, the gardens at Bennington Lordship include perennial borders, water gardens surrounding a large pond and an interesting collection of shrubs.

Address: Bennington, Hertfordshire
Open- Wednesdays & Bank holidays; Sundays from April to Aug 31; Sunday 2.00-5.00pm from April to July 31
   ..Winter- Sundays in February & for snowdrops- telephone to confirm dates
Closed Mon-Tues, Thurs-Sunday, & 1 September to 31 March
Owner- Mr & Mrs CHA Bott
Tel +44 (1438) 869 668

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
World famous for its scientific research and the extensive conservation collections, Kew has something for everyone. Wild bluebell woods, formal gardens, conservatories and specialist collections of maples, magnolias and many more species.

Address: Kew Road, Kew, London
Open- Daily 9.30 to 4.00pm-7.30pm (depending on time of year) signposted
Closed- 25 December & 1 January
Entrance fee- GBP6.00 adult
Owner- Trustees of RBGK
Tel- +44 (20) 89401171

Hampton Court Palace
Formal gardens surround this palace on the Thames that was once home to Henry VIII. Maze, formal gardens, restored Privy Garden of William III

Address: East Mosely, Surrey

Open- Daily dawn-dusk
Entrance fee - Free
Owner- Historic Royal Palaces Office
Tel +44 (20) 8781 9500

Hatfield House
Formal gardens surround the historic home of the Marquis of Salisbury. Gardened organically the extensive gardens include an Elizabethean knot garden, scented garden and woodland... more

Address: Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Open- Daily
Entrance fee - Yes
Owner- Marquis of Salisbury
Tel- +44 (1717) 262823

The Scented Garden

The scented garden


Chiswick House
Extensive eighteenth century gardens designed by William Kent surround a Palladian villa.

Address: Burlington Lane, Chiswick, London W4
Open- Daily November-March 10.00am to 4.00pm; April-October 10.00am to 6.00pm
Entrance fee- Free
Owner- London Borough of Hounslow & English Heritage

Museum of Garden History
Elaborate knot garden in the churchyard where John Tradescant & his son (also John) are buried. Replica seventeenth century garden & plants from the period.

Address: Lambeth Palace Rd, London SE1
Open- Sunday-Friday from beginning of March to 1st week December 10.30 am-4.00pm (Sun 5.00pm)
Saturdays & 2nd week December to end February
Entrance fee- Yes
Owner- The Tradescant Trust

Chartwell
The former home of Sir Winston Churchill the garden sweeps down to the river from the house (open). Golden garden given to Sir Winston & his wife on their golden wedding anniversary. The famous brick wall was built by Sir Winston as a relief from his political life

Address: Westerham, Kent
Open- Wed-Sun & Bank Holiday Mon's from April to 1 November, also Tues in July & August
Entrance fee- Yes
Owner- National Trust
Tel +44 (1732) 866 368

Chartwell
The Gold Garden, Chartwell

RHS Garden, Wisley
These gardens cover 97 hectares and contain a feast of plants and different gardens and gardening styles. There is always something of interest. The sheer diversity of garden styles means that not all will appeal, and the garden lacks an overall design coherence. It is still high on any list of places to visit plants and lessons to be learnt.

Address: Wisley, Woking, Surrey
Monday- Saturday; Sunday members only (no children)
Entrance fee- RHS members and affiliated societies Free; Adults &163;5.00
Owner- Royal Horticultural Society
Tel +44 (1483) 224 234; Fax +44 1483 211 750



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