Chartwell: Family home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill

Churchill is both a celebrated and contested figure, known for his leadership during the Second World War. Chartwell was the much-loved Churchill family home from 1922. It’s hillside gardens reflect Sir Winston’s love of landscape and nature. They include the lakes he created and the kitchen garden. Beyond the gardens, there is an expanse of … Read more

Walking around Anglesey Abbey gardens – National Trust

Anglesey Abbey consists of colourful flower gardens, extensive parkland with tree-lined avenues, and wooded areas, covering 114 acres. There is a Jacobean-style house and a working watermill. During our visit, the rose garden, dahlia garden, herbaceous garden, and formal garden were full of vibrant colour and delicious scents. Some stills from the video. Filmed with … Read more

Moggerhanger Park Snowdrop Walk

Moggerhanger Park Snowdrop Walk

We visit Moggerhanger Park, Bedfordshire and stroll through the flower carpeted woodland during their incredibly popular Snowdrop Walk season. Entry to the Park and parking are free. Dogs on a lead are welcome. Visitors can enjoy a coffee, cake or light lunch in the Garden Rooms Cafe before taking a stroll through the Snowdrops. Some … Read more

The largest Victorian glasshouse in the world

Temperate House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London

The Temperate House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, was recently restored at the cost of £41 million. It contains some of the rarest and most threatened species of plants on the planet. Following a major five-year renovation process, the Temperate House re-opened in 2018 to showcase the magnificence of the world’s temperate zones. … Read more

10 Springtime attractions at Kew Gardens

Springtime attractions at Kew Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London offer a host of springtime attractions, even on a showery day like the one of our visit. My top ten Springtime attractions are the Rhododendron Dell, Baby Geese, the Palm House, the Waterlilly House, the Treetop Walkway, the Temperate House, the Great Pagoda, the Mediterranean Garden, the Princess of … Read more

The Princess of Wales Conservatory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London

Princess of Wales Conservatory Kew Gardens

The fabulous Princess of Wales Conservatory replaced a group of 26 smaller buildings, including a fernery and a cactus house. Princess Diana opened the conservatory in 1987 but the glasshouse is actually named after Princess Augusta, mother of George III, who founded the Gardens in 1759. With a floor space of 4,500 square meters, the … Read more

Audley End gardens and falconry from horseback

Audley End gardens

We stroll around the parterre garden with its colourful display of tulips and bedding plants. Beyond the garden are views of the parkland designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. We walk to the large walled Victorian kitchen garden and our visit ends with a display of falconry from horseback. Audley End in Saffron Walden, Essex, was … Read more

Kew Gardens Rhododendron Dell

Kew Gardens Rhododendron Dell

Enjoy the rich colours and textures of the magnificent rhododendron at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Sir Joseph Hooker brought back many new specimens of rhododendron from his travels to the Himalaya in the mid-19th century. Today, 150 years later, dense clusters of rhododendrons flower in the dell, including unique hybrids not found elsewhere in the … Read more

Aylett dahlia festival 2018 ablaze with colour

Aylett dahlia festival

We visit the field where the spectacular and famous dahlias are grown. The festival was 8th to 16th September 2018 at Aylett Garden Centre, North Orbital Rd, St Albans, Herts. There was row upon row of colourful dhalia plants in a large field. There was also a scarecrow competition in the Celebration Garden. Watch the … Read more

Belton – a 17th-century country house of treasures

Belton, Grantham, Lincolnshire

This National Trust property in Grantham, Lincolnshire is often cited as being the perfect example of an English country house estate. Much of the justification for such a claim lies in the quality, completeness and sheer panache of its aristocratic collections. Watch the video: The following stills are from the above video. Camera: Sony RX100 … Read more