Barnsdale Gardens in Rutland, in the East Midlands has been enthralling garden fans since 1983, when Geoff Hamilton, the much loved presenter of BBC Gardeners World, bought a Victorian farmhouse with over 5 acres of land. Barnsdale was Geoff’s ‘great experiment’ in peat free and chemical free growing, and so this continues today. Geoff’s legacy continues with his son, Nick, ensuring that the 38 gardens are kept to the stunning standard for which they are renowned, these include a Cottage Garden, Versailles Garden, Wildlife Garden, the Allotment and many more. Often described as ‘a theme park for gardeners’, Barnsdale Gardens is open all year round (only closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) and offers visitors the chance to enjoy delicious food and drinks at the Helenium Tea Room daily. Private events can be held at the gardens too, there are not many places which are better suited as a venue for a wedding than Barnsdale, which excels in providing a magically romantic setting for that special day. Special events and courses also run throughout the season, with the next one titled ‘Autumn at Barnsdale: Breakfast and Guided Walk’ on 5th October. The courses are very popular and coming up soon in October are the opportunities to learn about ‘Vegetables All Year Round’ and ‘Planting Design’. For an outstanding day out with an abundance of magical gardens and more, Barnsdale Gardens is just the ticket! There’s plenty to see and do all year round at Barnsdale Gardens!
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