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At this exclusive event, you will meet the Head Gardener and members of their team for a tour of the gardens. Explore a rare surviving picturesque garden, with its informative gardening team. Follow the paths into the Quarry garden, transporting you to another world. These rocky walls offer shelter to a vast range of exotics all hidden within the Northumberland countryside. Enjoy the beautiful borders at Belsay Hall, newly created by garden designer Dan Pearson, and inspired by the past.
A garden fit for a Queen: Explore the family home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on the Isle of Wight and discover their love of the gardens here. Wander amongst the ornate terraces and the spectacular bedding displays, the productive Victorian walled garden, all set within the historic wider parkland featuring trees planted by Prince Albert, and even a private beach. At this exclusive event, you will meet the Head Gardener and members of their team for a tour of the gardens.
Experience a haven of peace and tranquility, full of colour and fragrant walkways, with the sounds of the canaries singing from the ornate aviary. Wander the pathways to discover the marble fountain, the recreated aviary and spot the Earl of Leicester’s emblem of the bear and ragged staff. Meet the gardening team and discover how they develop and enhance these wonderful spaces, carefully managed to ensure how they are presented today reflects their rich history. You will have the opportunity to ask questions of the team as you experience the gardens at this very special event.
Discover Charles Darwin’s ‘living laboratory’ at Down House, the family home where he developed many of his ground-breaking ideas on evolution and natural selection. Tread the same paths as Darwin along the sandwalk and marvel at the collection of carnivorous plants in the glasshouses, in the beautiful surroundings of the Kent countryside.
Step back in time to the 1860s in the extraordinary surroundings of Brodsworth Hall, exquisitely restored to their Victorian splendour. Awe-inspiring displays of colourful Victorian bedding surrounded by a vast collection of formal topiary and the wonders of the Fern Dell all await.
Sweeping C18 parkland wraps around C19 formality in the parterre. Explore the enchanting Elysian Garden and the ‘Capability’ Brown landscape setting for the house, still featuring many of its original trees. The tour will take in the kitchen garden where fruit trees are still full of fresh produce and autumn harvests of pumpkins and squash.
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