Here at Bulldog Tools we don’t just love gardening tools and equipment, we love gardens as well! So to start off our blog for 2016 we thought we’d write a bit about some of the gardens we admire most around the UK. Many of these gardens have connections with Bulldog and most of them use at least some of our tools on site, but we have mainly chosen them for their inspiration, excellence, beauty and attention to detail – qualities we try to reflect in our garden tools.

Wisley1. RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey

The ‘jewel’ in the RHS crown, the Wisley garden has to be included as one of the best gardens in the world. As well as providing education, the gardens are designed to inspire gardeners with big and small plots alike and feature wooded gardens, lawns, mixed borders, vegetable beds, the glasshouse, alpine displays, water gardens, fruit production, the rose garden and much, much more. If you have any energy left after your visit, we would recommend you visit the Plant Centre which has many of the plants featured in the gardens as well as a great range of Bulldog Tools for sale!

2. Eden Project, Cornwall

A china clay pit which was transformed in 1995 to the incredible facility it is today. Famous for the eye-catching Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes, there are also outdoor gardens where visitors can see our record breaking ‘Big Spade’, the Canopy Walkway and the Core visitor centre. Over 1 million people visit the Eden Project each year and it continues to innovate, especially in its commitment to sustainability.

Bodnant3. Bodnant Garden, Conwy

Owned by the National Trust and 150 years in the making, Bodnant Garden in North Wales is one of the most spectacular and admired gardens in Britain. The garden is famous for its National Collections, Champion Trees and stunning location overlooking the Snowdonia range. Extending to 80 acres, the gardens offer wide seasonal interest and are open from late February to mid-November each year, but we would recommend visiting in early June when the famous 55m Laburnum arch is at its best.

4. Great Dixter, Kent

The Home and inspiration of garden writer Christopher Lloyd, Great Dixter has become synonymous around the world for the bold and innovative use of form and colour schemes particularly in the mixed borders. Great Dixter’s current Head Gardener is Fergus Garret who having worked for many years with Christopher Lloyd, continues to build on his legacy since Lloyd’s death in 2006. This garden remains a place of pilgrimage for gardeners from around the world and is well worth a visit.

Edinburgh5. Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Four gardens in one, the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh was established in 1670 and is located just a mile from the city centre extending to 70 acres. This original garden is now enhanced by three further properties – Benmore in Argyll, Dawyck in the Borders and Logan in Dumfries & Galloway all of which offer their own unique horticultural features based on their geographical locations. We particularly like the majestic Redwood Avenue at Benmore which towers over visitors entering the garden.

6. The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland

One of the world’s most ambitious gardens built in recent times, The Alnwick Garden is the vision of the Duchess of Northumberland. Perfectly mixing fun with formality the gardens were designed by Jacques and Peter Wirtz and feature one of the world’s biggest tree houses, a poison garden, the Bamboo Labyrinth and the Grand Cascade. This is a great garden to visit if you have children, who will love the quirkiness and magic which Alnwick exudes.

Chelsea Physic7. Chelsea Physic Garden, London

A horticultural oasis in the middle of one of the biggest cities in the world, the Chelsea Physic Garden is the smallest garden in our list at just 4 acres. Established as an apothecaries’ garden in 1673 to study the medicinal properties of plants the garden remains a living collection of 5,000 edible, useful, medicinal and historical plants as well as a collection of over 100 different types of rare trees. The garden is a ‘must visit’ for plant enthusiasts, but we would definitely recommend whether you’re an expert or not, all visitors try the delicious afternoon tea in the café.

8. Chatsworth, Derbyshire

One of the most beautiful houses in the country forms the backdrop for these delightful gardens which will host a new RHS flower show from 2017. The garden is famed for its sculptures and regularly holds exhibitions of new work as well as the continued popularity of the waterworks, rock garden and maze. Chatsworth is a great destination for lovers of the classical English landscape and has the added bonus that if it rains, visitors can always spend time in one of the UK’s greatest stately homes!

We hope you enjoy this selection of great gardens, but please note that some of these gardens offer seasonal opening hours only, so it’s a good idea to check the garden’s website for details before visiting.

Posted in About Bulldog By Stuart Elsom On 15th January 2016

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