The bountiful home-county of Hertfordshire boasts of a number of impressive gardens and landscapes. Many have deep historical connections to the landed gentry and aristocracy, and some even with Royalty.
Liriodendron tulipifera by Arkin54 (CC0)
The remains of a Norman Castle and 17th-c brick mansion with sweeping lawns, that lead to a kitchen garden, rockery, winter garden, rose garden and a pond with marginal planting. Magnificent carpets of snowdrops and bulbs in spring. Followed by flowering shrubs and richly planted herbaceous borders in the Summer.
Open: February to August (Event days only)
Address: Benington, Stevenage SG2 7BS
The Manor Garden © Christine Matthews (CC2)
A fascinating series of over 60 display gardens, incorporating a wide range of different designs and materials. Includes a large walled garden, mature shrub borders, water features and wildflower and woodland areas. The Folly Garden (shown above) was developed to provide a signature garden for the site.
Open: all year
Address: Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield EN1 4RQ
Tel: 0303 003 1234
Fountain © Christine Matthews (CC2)
Magnificent 17th-c Palace enclosed by 42 acres of formal Gardens, designed by John Tradescant. They include a Jacobean knot garden with authentic planting, a herb garden, Victorian Maze, scented garden and open parkland areas. Contains an important collection of plants from around the world.
Facilities: parking, cafe, restaurant, shop
Open: mid April to September
Address: Hatfield AL9 5NQ
Tel: 01707 287010
House & Gardens © KnebworthHouse.com
Formal gardens laid-out by Edwin Lutyens in 1908. They include a walled garden, a maze, rose gardens, herb garden (designed by Gertrude Jekyll) and a vast deer park. Children will enjoy the dinosaur trail in the wilderness garden, miniature railway and adventure playground.
Facilities: parking, cafe, shop, garden centre
Open: March to September
Address: Old Knebworth Ln, Knebworth SG3 6PY
Tel: 01438 812661
Rosa 'Red Abundance' © Seasonal Gardening
Experience formidable displays of over 3000 rose varieties, from old to modern. Complemented by a rich variety of under planting and companion plants, including clematis, lavender, foxgloves and irises. Beautifully laid-out and richly scented. At its peak around mid June to early August. Run by the Royal National Rose Society
Facilities: tea room
Open: mid June to early August
Address: Chiswell Green Ln, St Albans AL2 3NR
Tel: 01727 850461
Due to the wide variations in opening times, and seasonal changes, we are only able to state the core months in which these gardens are open. For details of the actual days and times of opening, please visit the garden's website using the link provided or call them using the telephone number listed.