Barnsdale Gardens – Spectacular gardens all year round!

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Barnsdale Gardens – Spectacular gardens all year round! Blue and white lavender low hedging. Statue fountains, stone balustrade, gravel paths, topiary. © Steve Hamilton

Barnsdale Gardens in the East Midlands will be the place to be next year. Why? Because no matter what the season is, the 38 individually designed gardens have plants that WOW all year round!

A visit in the summer will be the perfect time for your group to come and indulge in the extensive range of stunning plants throughout the gardens.

Tours around the gardens can be arranged for groups at any time of year, which usually lasts around two hours. The inclusive cost of day garden entry and tour for up to twenty-five people with Nick is £500, with a supplement at the usual group rate (please see NB at the bottom of the page) per each extra person for groups larger than twenty-five.

Tours with Head Gardener Jon Brocklebank are £350 for up to twenty-five people with a supplement at the usual group rate (please see NB at the bottom of page) per extra person for groups larger than twenty-five.

Your group will be amazed at how much colour there is to enjoy.  Here is just a taster of the gardens in fabulous bloom in summer below:

The ‘Artisan’s Cottage Garden’ was built for the BBC series ‘Geoff Hamilton’s Cottage Gardens’ and designed around the old-fashioned gardeners’ theory that every plant will find its best place. All the features can be easily made by the average DIY enthusiast, and the plants are easy to grow and propagate. The entire garden epitomises Geoff’s approach, with the plants packed in and allowed to do their own thing.

© Steve Hamilton

The ‘Formal Pool and Knot Garden’ is a real stunner and highlights how, when designed properly, ‘less’ can be incredibly effective. Designed around a large water feature containing four cast bronze statue fountains by Lily Sawtell, this garden has a formal feel, and the stone seats and balustrade give it a distinctive Italianate atmosphere. In summer, the surround is a mass of scarlet as these beds are planted with just one variety of rose, the David Austin-bred Rosa ‘Sophy’s Rose’, edged with Lavandula angustifolia ‘Melissa Lilac’.

© Steve Hamilton

The ‘Modern Estate Garden’ is the size of an average housing estate garden and was built with a small family in mind. It incorporates a patio, lawn and enough plant features, borders, scree and pergola to interest any keen but busy gardener. This garden is resplendent all year round!

And, of course, you do not have to book a tour. Your group is free to wander around at their leisure, too!

There’s plenty to see and do all year round at Barnsdale Gardens! For more information, visit

NB: There is a special entry to Barnsdale Gardens rate for groups of over 20 people. This is £12.50 per person. Groups can also enjoy one of our delicious Afternoon Teas for only £17.45.


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