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Open 9am–5pm; daily; 1 Jan–31 Dec. (9am–7pm; Jun–Aug & 10am–4pm; Nov–Feb).

BARNSDALE GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

The Avenue
Exton
Oakham
LE15 8AH

Off the A606 Stamford to Oakham road, on the south-west edge of Exton village.

8 acres

Tel
01572 813200

Visit website

Admission

Non-member Adult £8.50; Concession £7.50; Children £4.50; Family £25


RHS members

Free access applies throughout open period.

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Café
  • Children's activities
  • Disabled access
  • Disabled facilities
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Guide dogs only
  • Parking
  • Plants for sale
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Award winner
  • Bog garden
  • Children’s garden (not playground)
  • Colour themed borders
  • Glasshouse (open to public)
  • Gravel garden
  • Herbaceous border
  • Japanese garden
  • Mediterranean/Italian garden
  • Organic management
  • Pond or lake
  • Prairie/naturalistic planting
  • Rock garden
  • Sculpture
  • Sub-tropical garden
  • Water features
  • Water garden
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Winter garden
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Nick Hamilton

Barnsdale Gardens, made famous by Geoff Hamilton and the BBC’s Gardeners’ World television programme, is Britain’s largest collection of individually designed gardens and has been likened to a ‘gardener’s theme park’.     
Geoff inspired a generation of gardeners with his practical, hands-on approach and his respect for the natural world, and his legacy lives on at Barnsdale, which is still organically-managed and peat-free.

Under the leadership of his son Nick, the site has continued to evolve and today comprises an award-winning collection of 38 individually themed garden ‘rooms’ linked by landscaped borders - from romantic, cottage-style plots to more modern designs. There is planting for every condition and aspect, wild and wooded areas and productive gardens which supply the Barnsdale Tea Room.

The newest feature at Barnsdale Gardens is the Geoff Hamilton Winter Border. Although this area has been designed with the colder months in mind it includes lots of great planting ideas for interest throughout every season and many of the special and unusual varieties used have been donated by Geoff's colleagues, friends and family - it was officially opened in 2016 by fellow BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Carol Klein who dug in the final plant, donated from her own garden in Devon.
 
Barnsdale offers a wide variety of courses to inspire all garden-lovers, quality unusual plants for sale in a large, well-stocked nursery and a year-round menu of weekend activity days which are free with Garden entry. A great day out with year-round positively blooming great ideas.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Alpines
  • Asters
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Begonias
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Delphiniums
  • Ferns
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Fuchsias
  • Grasses
  • Heathers
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Herbs
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Laburnum
  • Lavender
  • Lilies
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Sweet peas
  • Topiary
  • Vegetables
  • Waterlilies
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria