Parks & Gardens

The medicinal herbs and vegetables grown by early monks were the first gardens to evolve in England. When the Tudor family ruled England, the gardens became much more elaborate, offering viewers an array of flowers, designed shrubs and bed patterns, fountains and more. Listed below are a few of the more prominent styles of gardening found in parks, stately homes and cottages throughout England.

Biddulph Grange Garden Staffordshire

Visit each of the themed gardens representing China, Egypt, the Scottish Glens, Italy and America.

Castle Ashby Gardens Northamptonshire

The styles involved in Victorian Gardens constitute formal designs, Italian influences, walkways and greenhouses. A later style of design, Victorian gardens often encompass a wide range of colors and concentrate more on the individual plants and the diversity in the garden than on the landscape. The layout includes geometric shapes, irregular shapes and serpentine shapes, such as those at.

Doddington Hall Lincolnshire

The Elizabethan walled gardens at Doddington Hall are laid out with topiary and boxed edge parterres with five acres of romantic wild gardens. Spring is a wonderful time to visit with the colorful tulips and daffodils brightening up even the cloudiest skies. The Spalding Flower parade, held every May, astonishes visitors with floats adorned with gorgeous flowers.

Hampton Court Herefordshire

A former country residence of Cardinal Wolsey, Hampton Court palace was given to King Henry the VIII in hope of retaining his favor. The palace was then remodeled and extended. Later on, William and Mary contracted with architect Christopher Wren to further remodel the palace. Hampton Court has extensive gardens including a hedge maze, knot garden, pond garden and fountain garden. Be sure to visit the Van Kampen Gardens at Hampton Court where you can see the stunning new gardens, including a secret tunnel leading to the sunken garden.

Hestercombe Taunton

Gertrude Jeckyll designed Hestercombe in partnership with famous architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens. The most influential European garden designer of the early 20th century, Gertrude Jeckyll designed densely packed gardens of flowers that were arranged according to color and height, creating beautiful walls of blooming flowers.

Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens London

Both of these adjoining parks offer the best of both worlds. Hyde park provides space for sporting events, concerts and a lake in which to swim. On the other side is Kensington Gardens, which offers spacious grassy areas and beautiful flowerbeds, with a pond that is a popular ice-skating spot in winter.

Kew Gardens London

Designed by Lancelot “Capability” Brown, the Kew Gardens offer an enormous collection of English plants. Brown’s designs moved away from the traditional flowerbed, to creating a natural-looking pastoral setting. His designs involved clusters of trees, lakes and rivers, and the idea of endless boundaries. His designs can be found in countless parks and mansions all over England.

St. James Park London

This quiet park lies in the heart of London and is both a wildlife preserve and a relaxing way to escape the hustle bustle of the city.