The warm days, relaxed vibes and dazzling array of colour in the garden really makes August so special. Sometimes there really is nowhere better to be on a lazy Summer afternoon than a stunning English garden. Read on for some of our favourites this month..
Houghton Lodge Gardens,Stockbridge, Hampshire – 11-5pm Daily- Adults £7.50- Children £3.50
Houghton Lodge Gardens has been described by recent visitors as ‘the jewel of the Test Valley’, and ‘A Stately Pleasure-Dome on the most romantic river in England’. A magnificent 14 Acres of grounds will be sure to delight all, with 300ft sweeping herbaceous borders and a walled garden that boasts vast espalier fruit trees- in total 32 different varieties of apple tree, many of which cannot be bought today. There is a wonderful herb garden with pharmaceutical, medicinal, natural dye, pot pourri and tea beds. The fruit cage is home to both golden and red raspberries. Vegetables grow in raised beds, and you will see wild flowers, sweet peas and dahlias providing a kaleidoscope of summer and autumn colour. Not to be missed is the magnificent espaliered pear tree growing on the eastern wall- which is now over 52’ long It has been the home of the Busk family for more than a century, and still is. It is little wonder that Country Life readers voted it in such numbers for their search for ‘England’s Favourite Country House’.
Glyndebourne Place Open Gardens Day, Lewes, East Sussex- 31st August- 11-4pm- £10 Adult- £5- Child
For one day only, world famous opera house,Glyndebourne Place, are opening their gardens outside of the opera season. You are welcomed to explore the extensive grounds at your leisure with a picnic on the lawns and a stroll around the lake. There will also be an opportunity to put your questions to the Glyndebourne gardeners and to take a peek inside the auditorium where the on-stage action happens.
Follow the art trail and spot the sculptures by production hub architect Nicholas Hare; explore the rose gardens which includes a special homage to the Glyndebourne pugs and ask the gardening team questions during a session in the historic Organ Room. You can also treat yourself to afternoon tea or a light lunch in Mildmay restaurant; browse the Shop and Gallery 94 for souvenirs that reflect the creativity at the heart of Glyndebourne or even take home a plant from the local nursery that will be selling plants on the day.
Unseen Spaces Garden Tour, Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham, Surrey- Tuesday 13th August- 12.45-13.45- National Trust Entry Prices Apply
Join a garden guide as they take you behind the scenes in this exclusive tour.
You’ll be able to visit parts of the gardens not usually open to visitors including the gardeners’ yard, greenhouse and compost area. Hear about how the team care for the gardens and keep them looking beautiful, as well as producing delicious fruit and veg for the café and cut flowers for the house. Discover what these spaces looked like in Mrs Greville’s time, and hear about the plans for the future at this remarkable and magical property.
Groombridge Place, Tunbridge Wells, Kent – Daily 10-4.30pm- Adults £12.95- Children £9.95
Groombridge Place is a remarkable and beautiful country estate resting on the border between East Sussex and Kent, on the edge of the historic village of Groombridge. With a 17th century moated manor house, sculpted formal gardens and 200 acres of parkland, Groombridge Place is everything you might expect from a traditional English country estate but with so much more to offer. Whether you want a relaxing stroll around the stunning gardens, an adventurous and fun-filled family day out, Groombridge Place is awaiting your visit. Boasting sculptures, magical forests and pools, a giant chess set, a white rose garden, secret garden and Oriental garden, this wonderful estate is a gem hidden amongst the lush Kent countryside.