Glorious gardens with 2FOR1
Published 20/06/2016, by Pinar
Pick your 2FOR1 offer & honour the Year of the English Garden
To mark the 300th birthday of famed gardener ‘Capability’ Brown, 2016 is officially the Year of the English Garden. To celebrate, we have an array of 2FOR1 offers on some beautiful and beguiling English gardens. Download a 2FOR1 voucher now and smell the roses while you can.
The gardens at Kew are the world’s largest collection of living plants. More than 30,000 of them are arranged into climates and landscapes from all over the world. Explore tropical rainforest in the Palm House, mountain plants in the Alpine and Rock Garden and even giant Californian redwoods in Redwood Grove. In the summer the Palm House Parterre, Rose Garden, Rose Pergola, Duke’s Garden and Queen’s Garden are recommended.
Chelsea Physic Garden
For something to soothe the spirit, try the beautiful Chelsea Physic Garden. Founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, it is the oldest botanic garden in London. It’s a unique living collection of around 5,000 different edible, useful, medicinal and historical plants. The Garden’s warm microclimate means many tender plants flourish here including a number of rare and endangered species. It also has the largest outdoor fruiting olive tree in Britain.
Hampton Court Palace Gardens
The palace gardens cover 60 acres and features sparkling fountains and more than 200,000 flowering bulbs. Some highlights include the Great Vine - planted in 1768 by ‘Capability’ Brown himself - which produces a yearly crop of black, sweet grapes. The 300-year-old famous Hampton Court Palace Maze comprises half a mile of winding paths surrounded by towering yew tree walls. On average it takes 20 minutes to reach the centre.
Eltham Palace Gardens
Explore 19 acres of beautiful gardens, a major feature of which is the long herbaceous border designed by award-winning garden designer Isabelle Van Groeningen. The border reaches its peak in late summer when it glows in richly coloured flowers attracting butterflies and bees. It contains 18 varieties of oriental poppy, 21 varieties of peony and 20 varieties of clematis.
Kensington Palace Gardens
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s gardens look best from April to October when vibrant colours and exotic planting are on display. The Sunken Garden was planted in 1908 and modelled on a similar garden at Hampton Court Palace. The garden is terraced with paving and ornamental flower beds, surrounding an ornamental pond with fountains. In summer geraniums, cannas, begonias and many more provide the vivid colour.