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Open 9am-5pm; daily; March-May and Sept-Oct; 9am-7pm; June-Aug & 10am-4pm Jan,Feb, Nov & Dec
The Avenue Exton Oakham LE15 8AH
Off the A606 Stamford to Oakham road, on the south-west edge of Exton village.
8.5 acres (3.4ha)
Tel 01572 813200
Non-member Adult £9; Concession £8; Children £5
1st Jan-28th Feb and 1st Nov-31st Dec
About the garden
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.
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