The Peto Garden at Iford Manor
Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 2BA
This Grade I Italian-style garden is famous for its tranquil beauty and was the home of architect and landscape gardener, Harold A. Peto from 1899 to 1933. This unique and romantic hillside garden is characterised by steps, terraces, sculpture and magnificent rural views.
www.ifordmanor.co.uk 01225 863146
Nr Mere, Wiltshire, BA12 6QD
Lying in secluded privacy in its own valley, Stourhead features one of the world’s finest 18th-century landscape gardens. A magnificent lake is central to the design, and there are classical temples, enchanting grottos and rare and exotic trees. The Hoare family history can be uncovered at Stourhead House, a majestic Palladian mansion housing a unique Regency library with fabulous collections of Chippendale furniture and paintings, all set amid delightful lawns and parkland. Stourhead is at the heart of a 1,072-hectare (2,650-acre) estate.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-stourhead 01747 841152
Farm Street, Tintinhull, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 8PZ
Tintinhull Garden is a classic 20th century English garden surrounding a 17th century manor house, of high formality overlaid with an opulent yet carefully contrived planting. With varied borders, attractive kitchen garden and secluded lawns all neatly enclosed within walls and clipped hedges. The long vista down from the house is famous, as is the pool and cedar court with its ancient Yew tree. There is a white garden, and a fine pair of opposing borders, one planted in bright bold colours and the other in pale pastels.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-tintinhullgarden 01935 823289
East Lambrook Manor Gardens
East Lambrook, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5HH
One of the best-loved privately owned gardens in England created by the late Margery Fish, celebrated plantswoman and gardening writer. Her natural gift for combining old-fashioned and contemporary plants in a relaxed and informal manner has created a garden of immense beauty and charm. The Grade 1 listed garden is renowned as the premier example of the English cottage garden style and is noted for its specialist collections of snowdrops, hellebores and hardy geraniums.
www.eastlambrook.co.uk/pages 01460 240 328
Barrington, near Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0NQ
Barrington Court garden was created by Gertrude Jekyll in 1917 towards the end of her career. It is a garden of different character rooms. The ‘hot’ room is planted with Lilies, Dahlias and vibrant orange, red and yellow annuals around a pool. There is also a ‘cool’ room of white-flowering and grey-leaved plants. A substantial pergola supports Wisteria, Clematis and Honeysuckles. The magnificent walled kitchen garden contains a wide variety of fruit and vegetables.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-barringtoncourt 01460 242614