Skip to main content
Free Delivery over £60 - Free Delivery over £60
Money Back Guarantee - Money Back Guarantee
Free Delivery over £60 - Free Delivery over £60
Money Back Guarantee - Money Back Guarantee

Did anyone smell spring in the air recently? We have a little while to wait, but recent days have prompted the team to think about gardens to visit this year. We wanted to share in case of interest to add to your list of gardens to visit in 2024.

Garden To Visit In 2024…

We start with an opportunity that’s accessible to everyone the National Garden Scheme (NGS). This scheme allows visitors access to private gardens across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands and raises money for nursing and health charities. There are new gardens to visit every year, so it’s always worth checking to see what the year ahead has in store. 

If you enjoy visiting more established gardens with history, there are plenty of options to consider. 

We start with Lasket Gardens, one of the team’s favourite gardens to visit. These gardens were put together originally by Sir Roy Strong CH, FRSL and his wife, Julia Trevelyan Oman CBE. and are now run by Perennial, formerly The Gardeners Royal Benevolent Fund. It always feels a treat to visit these gardens and quite a privilege, especially for the Snowdrop Festival in February. 2-3 hours will make sure you see everything, the vistas are all by design and they truly are magnificent!

Staying in Herefordshire, another of our recommended gardens to visit is Stockon Bury Gardens. It’s the perfect place for plant and garden lovers with four acres of garden created 45 years ago by Raymond Treasure and Gordon Fenn. You will find a medieval pigeon house, kitchen garden, water gardens and a variety of delightful well-planted borders. A much-loved family home and business, Raymond’s niece, Tamsin Westthorpe joined the team a few years ago. 

Tamsin is well-known and respected in the gardening community through her previous role as deputy editor of Amateur Gardening magazine and Editor of The English Garden magazine. A published writer, her books, Diary of a Modern Country Gardener and Grasping the Nettle both feature Stockton Bury. An RHS judge and freelance writer, Tamsin is often found writing in the garden.

Moving further afield, Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent is considered one of the most iconic English gardens. Created in 1930 by Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson, it is both historic and poetic and remains almost true to its initial design. Now under the loving care of the National Trust, it also offers visitors workshops, exhibitions, family activities and the opportunity to explore the grounds with your dog.

If you love prairie planting and like us adore hostas we suggest heading to Lady Farm Gardens you will also find a wildflower meadow and cottage garden. The garden is packed full of inspiration and perennials so we think you’re likely to come home keen to explore ours and perhaps a few of our specific plant collections. The planting has been inspired by the accidental discovery of spring water which saw the subsequent creation of lakes, a dramatic ravine and a waterfall. You will find resident swans, plenty of wildlife and at least 125 species of birds.

Heading North to Salford, Greater Manchester you will find the Royal Horticultural Society’s long-awaited fifth garden, RHS Garden Bridgewater. This garden has been a labour of love, carefully restored and regenerated by staff, volunteers and contractors. Full of colour, you are taken on a journey that includes many different horticultural styles including The Paradise Garden and The Weston Walled Garden. We were particularly drawn to the Community Wellbeing Garden, it’s the first permanent garden to be created by the RHS with health and well-being at its core.

Mottisfont, Hampshire is a feast for the senses and a great place for families. The old-fashioned rose collection particularly caught our attention as we have recently launched our rose collection, we are yet to be world-renowned like Mottisfonts but we are working on it! There are over 500 varieties of roses, flowering just once a year in June they attract thousands of visitors.

The roses are accompanied by a striking display of white foxgloves and as you walk through the rose garden you’ll see two deep herbaceous flower beds featuring many of Graham Stuart Thomas’s favourite perennials. Agapanthus, geraniums and peonies are planted amongst pinks, lilies, phlox and nepeta. Look into the centre of the beds and you are treated to a mass of soft blues, pinks and whites, the border draws your eye with its oranges, yellows and dark pinks – the display is a gardener’s dream.

Our final suggestion for gardens to visit is in Derbyshire. Set in 105 acres, Chatsworth Garden boasts something for everyone to enjoy and we can see why, with its pretty Victorian rock garden, water features and sculptures, it’s well worth a visit. There’s a maze to entertain children and a rose, rockery, cottage and kitchen garden to explore. If you have a rockery garden you might be interested in our Iberis ‘Snowsurfer Forte’ which provides great ground cover and looks stunning cascading in a rockery. We also have a variety of options for cottage gardens including a collection that is carefully selected by our team of plant experts. 

We hope you’ve enjoyed a few suggestions from the team of gardens to visit in 2024. As spring approaches we can’t wait for longer days and more time to enjoy being out in our gardens. We love that many of our customers share their garden photos with us on Instagram if you’ve bought from us we would love to see yours please tag us @goldenvalleyplants