RHS Partner Garden bags top award

Four more Partner Gardens also win regional titles

Barnsdale Gardens

Barnsdale Gardens, an RHS Partner Garden, has come top in a readers' poll of the top 100 gardens in the UK.

Barnsdale Gardens, created by the late Gardeners’ World presenter Geoff Hamilton, offers visitors the biggest collection of individually designed gardens – it has been called a ‘gardener’s theme park’.     

The garden, which also won the Midlands category, came top in the Garden News magazine’s poll of the Top 100 gardens.

RHS Partner Gardens offer RHS members free entry at certain time so the year, along with discounts for some special events.

Barnsdale was not the only success story – four more Partner Gardens came top of their region, along with RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Yorkshire, which won the North East category.

Scotland: Cawdor Castle

Cawdor CastleOne of the most romantic castles in the Highlands – Cawdor boasts an 18th century flower garden with large herbaceous borders, a lavender-edged garden with shrub roses, whole borders of lilies and galtonias, spring-flowering trees and shrubs, and an arch of rambling roses.

Wales: National Botanic Garden of Wales

Botanic Garden of WalesIn autumn, the fabulous line of Himalayan birch trees (Betula utilis) along the path in the Double Walled Garden makes a statement, while on the ground, visitors can look out for the multi-coloured Waxcaps (Hygrocybe spp.)  – fragrant mushrooms that abound in the garden’s unfertilised meadows and lawns.

North West: Arley Hall and Gardens

Arley Hall bordersThe gardens here have the most magnificent double herbaceous border, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the country. The gardens have been created over 250 years by successive generations of one family,and combine an unusual blend of long history and traditional design mixed with inspired modern ideas.  

South West: The Lost Gardens of Heligan 

Heligan's Italian Garden: Lorna TremayneConsidered one of the most romantic gardens in the UK, the gardens represent a ground-breaking restoration project - the largest in Europe. Visitors can explore 200 acres (80ha) including Victorian productive gardens and pleasure grounds, the Jungle with its bamboo tunnels, tree ferns, giant rhubarb and bananas, and ancient woodlands.

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