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England is famous for its gardens, and justly so. Some of these gardens are commercial enterprises and some are purely labours of love. The latter may or may not be open to public viewing, or may have very restricted opening times. For the purposes of this list, I have limited the selected gardens to those open regularly to the public. Many of the finest English gardens gardens are associated with historic houses, making for a doubly enjoyable visit. For an excellent overview of British gardens, visit the web site of the National Gardens Scheme. (highly recommended!)

Garden List: Abbey Dore Court Garden - Bushy Park
Name County Heritage Rating
Abbey Dore Court Garden Herefordshire 2 Heritage Rating
Abbey House Gardens Wiltshire 2 Heritage Rating
Abbotsbury Gardens Dorset 2 Heritage Rating
Acorn Bank Cumbria 3 Heritage Rating
Alnwick Garden Northumberland 2 Heritage Rating
Anglesey Abbey Cambridgeshire 3 Heritage Rating
Antony House Cornwall 4 Heritage Rating
Arley Hall Cheshire 4 Heritage Rating
Athelhampton House Dorset 4 Heritage Rating
Audley End House Essex 4 Heritage Rating
Avebury Manor and Garden Wiltshire 4 Heritage Rating
Barnsdale Gardens Rutland 2 Heritage Rating
Barnsley House Garden Gloucestershire 3 Heritage Rating
Barrington Court Somerset 3 Heritage Rating
Bateman's East Sussex 5 Heritage Rating
Batsford Arboretum Gloucestershire 2 Heritage Rating
Battersea Park Greater London 2 Heritage Rating
Bedgebury National Pinetum Kent 2 Heritage Rating
Belton House Lincolnshire 4 Heritage Rating
Belvoir Castle Leicestershire 4 Heritage Rating
Benington Lordship Garden Hertfordshire 4 Heritage Rating
Bennetts Water Gardens Dorset 2 Heritage Rating
Berrington Hall Herefordshire 4 Heritage Rating
Beth Chatto Gardens Essex 1 Heritage Rating
Bicton Park Botanical Gardens Devon 2 Heritage Rating
Biddulph Grange Garden Staffordshire 1 Heritage Rating
Blenheim Palace Oxfordshire 5 Heritage Rating
Boconnoc Cornwall 3 Heritage Rating
Bonython Estate Gardens Cornwall 3 Heritage Rating
Borde Hill Garden West Sussex 1 Heritage Rating
Bosvigo Gardens Cornwall 1 Heritage Rating
Bourton House Garden Gloucestershire 2 Heritage Rating
Bowood House and Gardens Wiltshire 4 Heritage Rating
Box Hill Surrey 2 Heritage Rating
Bramall Hall Cheshire 4 Heritage Rating
Bressingham Steam and Gardens Norfolk 3 Heritage Rating
Brobury House Gardens Herefordshire 2 Heritage Rating
Brockhole Gardens Cumbria 2 Heritage Rating
Broughton Castle Oxfordshire 4 Heritage Rating
Bryan's Ground Herefordshire 2 Heritage Rating
Burghley House Lincolnshire 5 Heritage Rating
Burnby Hall Gardens Yorkshire 2 Heritage Rating
Burncoose Garden Cornwall 2 Heritage Rating
Burton Agnes Hall Yorkshire 4 Heritage Rating
Bushey Rose Garden Hertfordshire 2 Heritage Rating
Bushy Park Greater London 3 Heritage Rating
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