Derbyshire has a number of impressive gardens but Haddon Hall is one not to be missed. These were replanted in the early 1900's and have been restored to grandeur of earlier days. There is a gift shop, plants are offered for sale, a restaurant, tea room, public restrooms, light refreshments, coaches are welcome, and parking is available.
Arlington Court is another impressive garden in Devon. This garden is administered by the National Trust and admission is free to members. Thirty acres of lovely mostly informal gardens include a water feature and a garden kitchen. The usual amenities are offered here and coaches are again welcome.
Hillier gardens is situated two miles north-east of the historic market town of Romsey in the county of Hampshire, southern England, the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens (formerly known as the Hillier Arboretum) are named in memory of their founder, the late Sir Harold Hillier (1905-1985), a member of the nursery family. It has 42,000 plants (12,000 different types) which now thrive in an area of 180 acres. The garden also has a good café and often displays small art collections and installations. Visitors to the Gardens will find something to interest them throughout the year. Frosty days of January, with the perfume of the witch hazels' strange spidery flowers filtering through the Gardens, gradually change to the flamboyant blooms of the spring flowering camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons and azaleas.
The Eden Project opened in 2001, covering an area the size of 30 football pitches. It is a biosphere creating a tropical and subtropical climate in which plant life can thrive. A disused china clay pit has been transformed into the world's largest greenhouse that contains plants from all over the world. This garden has been created to tell the fascinating story of man's relationship with plants.
Hever Castle and Gardens in Kent features a lovely four acres of gardens with a lovely fountain on the premises. Cool Grottoes contrast with a formal garden holding 3000 roses. There are many more acres of forest/park on the estate and all of the standard amenities. Guided tours are available for your group and your coach is welcome here.
Blenheim Palace is set amidst 2,100 acres of parkland landscaped by 'Capability' Brown, and surrounded by a wonderful mix of sweeping lawns and formal gardens. Those who appreciate the beauty and tranquility of formal gardens will enjoy the Italian Garden (can only be viewed from side path), the Water Terraces, and the beautiful Rose Garden.
Your group can spend the whole day at any of the gardens mentioned here and still look forward to returning. This is the magic of England. Gardens are so plentiful and so beautiful that discovering them is the work of a lifetime.
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