Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden
Surrounded by beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, this World Heritage Site has a lot to offer for a thoroughly enjoyable day out. The magnificent ruins of the once prosperous Fountains Abbey, the largest monastic ruins in the country, sit alongside a Georgian water garden that is sure to delight your senses. This breath-taking landscape is also home to a manor house known as Fountains Hall, Studley Royal medieval deer park, a beautiful Victorian church and Cistercian...
Ripon Spa Gardens
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In the heart of Yorkshire, you will find a fabulous collection of gardens, parks and country estates just waiting to be discovered and explored.
The gardens in Harrogate have varied points of interest throughout the growing season, with beautiful displays of winter and spring bulbs, laburnum and wisteria in spring, roses and lavender through to the autumn harvest of apples, pears and other soft fruit.
These rich and constantly evolving gardens offer just as much to the repeat visitor as to someone discovering them for the very first time, as beds and planting are re-designed and re-imagined with new ideas and new styles.
Walled Gardens and Formal Borders
Walled gardens offer inspiration and interest regardless of your gardening knowledge and expertise. Every part of a walled garden is used for the plant that best benefits from the conditions. Every wall is used for vines, fruit trees or greenhouses to make the very most of the sun. The beds within the gardens are each planted to best utilise the conditions, or to show how produce would have been grow in the garden when it was first built.
Herbaceous borders around Harrogate are floral gardening let loose: with space no object tremendous swathes of colour and texture can play out over a hundred yards or more. With every border being different you can see traditional cottage gardening lifted up to a whole new level, or the tradition flowers mixed with more exotic plants to create an entirely new concept.
Herbaceous borders play a structural role in formal gardens, often framing a house, a folly or a magnificent view. As such every border is different, not only in how it relates to its surroundings, but how it harks back to its historic origins, or breaks free and embraces the new.
Garden Inspiration to Take Away with You
Head gardeners and their teams will be delighted to talk to you about their garden and share tips and know-how, giving you some new ideas to try at home, or insight into the work that goes on to keep their gardens in top condition.
Many stately homes also work with volunteers who give up their time to help keep these magnificent gardens in great condition, and love sharing their experiences with visitors.
Some gardens also seek to further horticultural knowledge, and you can see garden trials where the same plant has been grown under different conditions to show the benefits of new techniques, or to test old wives tales and traditional methods.
Places for Garden Play
From the open grassland of Harrogate’s famous Stray, to the stately grounds of historic houses there are plenty of places where children can burn off some energy with play areas and playgrounds, trees and natural features, or just large grass areas for ball games.
Many of our gardens also have educational trails and features integrated into the visitor experience, keeping young minds entertained while you explore the gardens.
Traditional games in parks in our town centre gardens provide a setting for some family fun with putting, crazy golf or even disc golf!
Make your way to some green space when you visit Harrogate, whether it’s for relaxation, play or inspiration you won’t be disappointed.
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