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I think as a gardener and designer one of my favorite ‘jobs’ has to be visiting gardens of others. All sorts of gardens, RHS, National Trust, NGS open gardens, Plant Heritage rare plant collections, private gardens open to the public even show gardens at events. I learn so much about design , what works and what could be done better. I see sculpture, water features and hard landscaping and of course plants and planting schemes sometimes even lighting in action. All of it brings inspiration and ideas to be squirreled a way for use later, inspiration down the line.


I thought it might be helpful to to have a look back through a few of the posts I’ve made about gardens I’ve visited not only for me but for you, to perhaps get a taste of garden you might visit in the future or see a garden you know well through someone else’s eyes.

Perhaps you could share a favorite garden of your own in the comments below. I am always excited to find new places to see and be inspired by. I’m often writing new garden visit reviews along with design and gardening hint and tips – so Subscribe to Rosewarne Gardens newsletter today to get all of our updates or Subscribe to our RSS feed.

  • Lenie

    HI Rosalind, I love that picture you started with. I imagined how beautiful it would be to walk through that, all kind of shady, smelling good and with a sunny treasure at the end.
    I don’t have a photo to share but here in a small village near us (pop. 3700) one of the residents owned some land by the river and for years it was just that – a piece of land. Then at his own expense he started landscaping and today it is a gorgeous park with flower beds, trees, gazebos, lighting and more. This is all open to the public. A friend and I have often picnicked there and just enjoyed the surroundings.

    • Thanks Lenie, it really was a beautiful garden, in fact a Potager cum cutting garden at a horticulture and design teaching college.
      What didn’t show was the ‘bee factor’, I was running the gauntlet amongst the happily feeding bees!

      • Lenie

        Rosalind, I love your comment about the ‘bee factor’. In January I did a post on the decline of the pollinators, how serious it was and what I planned to do about it in my small way. In a couple of weeks I will be doing a follow-up on that showing what I have been able to accomplish. So your comment was so timely and fitting.

        • Looking forward to reading it Lenie, such an important topic. I spend a good deal of time making sure gardens have plenty of pollinator friendly plantings. I am sometimes surprised though by what they go for, not always what you think!

  • Jacqueline Gum

    I loved looking at these! Spectacular gardens. They make me feel holy, in a way. Such beauty can often bring tears to my eyes. I love the gardens at Hampton Court and also Versailles!

    • Ah Versailles now there is a beautiful garden. I used to live/work fairly near there and spent many happy times wandering the parterres and gardens. Le Notre was a genius

  • MinaJoshi5409

    I have only just started to appreciate gardening as I have a good gardener who also shares his knowledge with me and my garden is looking good. I love visiting the Botanic gardens in Cambridge – where they have a huge variety of tropical plants growing in bog green houses.

    • Cambridge Botanic is a wonderful garden to visit, I particularly love their Winter gardens around January time it really lifts the spirits on a cold damp day. The tropical houses really do have some amazing plants to see, one day I’d love to see some of them in the wild!

  • Donna Janke

    I went on a garden tour this past weekend and it was so inspiring to see what people had done. I liked the photos in your posts and you’ve given me ideas for places to visit in future trips to England.

    • There are certainly some inspiring gardens in the UK

  • Pamela Chollet

    I love beautiful home gardens and here in LA there are tons of little home grown gems.What I like most is the range of design, from opulent Beverly HIlls landscaping to gorgeous clusters of flowers behind colorful front yard picket fences. I have such fond childhood memories of spending Summer days with my grandfather as he tended the garden. They’re like private escapes, so beautiful.

    • LA is not somewhere I would naturally think of for gardens but now I am intrigued. I must stop over a day or two next time I fly in. Garden hunting trip!

  • My favorite gardens that I have visited is the Botannical Gardens in Portland, Oregon. In the same park is a Japanese Garden which is also pretty interesting. Long way from the UK I’m afraid.

    • Ahh Portland. I long to visit. You have some great examples of public ‘rain gardens’ – well managed water and drainage systems – so now with the Botanic Gardens two reasons to visit!

  • Lovely images Rosalind and I do enjoy visiting gardens. When I worked in travel and spent much of my time out of the country I always tried to set aside time on the weekend to visit the local gardens – some that stick out in my mind were in Melbourne, Germany and the UK countryside.

    • Thank you Marquita, I’ve just seen some wonderful shots of one of my gardens from a professional photographer so am inspired to improve my own work. Which is another good reason to get out there visiting.

  • Lovely post, Rosalind. It is so very true that each garden will have its own personality and style, just like the gardener who created it. I have found the same to be true in my chocolate travels. Each chocolate maker puts a piece of him/herself into their creations and each is unique unto itself.

    • This is true, and I find as a designer each garden is tailored made for the person commissioning it, oh of course I have my personal favourites and ‘go to’ plants but in the end really listening to the client and watching them through the process tells so much of how they want their garden to enhance their life. Designing and building is just phase 1, gardens have a whole life after that, hopefully long and much loved.

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