Artisan's Cottage Garden © Seasonal Gardening
An award-winning collection of individually designed small gardens, created by Geoff Hamilton for the TV series Gardeners World. This unique collection of 38 themed rooms range in design from romantic woodland glades to kitchen, patio and cottage style gardens and even a formal Japanese garden. A diverse collection of inspirational ideas and planting combinations for all to enjoy.
Facilities: tea room, garden centre, parking
Open: all year
Address: Exton, Nr Oakham LE15 8AH
Tel: 01572 813200
Duchess's Garden © Julian Dowse (CC2)
Over 40 acres of parkland and gardens dating back to the early 19-c. A series of narrow terraces and slopes descend from the castle into a small valley, providing spectacular views. On the opposite side of the valley is the Duchess's garden, locally known as 'Spring Gardens', with a good collection of early flowering shrubs, bulbs and ground-covering plants. Special events take place most weekends.
Facilities: parking, cafe, restaurant
Open: April to September
Address: Grantham, LeicestershireNG32 1PD
Tel: 01476 871002
Formal Garden Area (FM)
University of Leicester Botanic Gardens, set in 16 acres of grounds, with a series of glasshouses containing tropical and temperate plants. Features a wide variety of garden styles, including formal gardens, arboretum, herb garden, herbaceous borders, rock and water gardens and woodland areas. Interesting collection of contemporary outdoor sculptures.
(nearby), Free Entry
Open: all year, daily (exc. Xmas)
Address: Glebe Road, Oadby LE2 2LD
Tel: 0116 271 2933