Our Garden of the Year shortlist, compiled by BBC Gardener’s World Magazine.
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN EDINBURGH Scotland
One of the world’s finest botanic gardens, with a diverse collection of plants within its 70 acres. In its glasshouses are rare, exotic and amazing plants, such as ancient cycads, giant waterlilies, bamboos and orchids.
ALNWICK GARDEN Northumberland
This innovative contemporary garden is a full day experience in every season, from its garden of poisonous plants and treetop walkways to its roses and towering delphiniums. Water is its lifeblood, with pools, fountains and the Grand Cascade, the largest water feature of its kind in the UK.
TRENTHAM GARDENS Staffordshire
Revived with huge imagination in the past few years, this has become one of the country’s must-see gardens (below right). It mixes high-end design with family-friendly fairy trails and woodland walks.
KEW GARDENS Surrey
This 300-acre World Heritage Site landscape is home to the largest collection of living plants on the planet. With tropical treasures, cacti, orchids and giant waterlilies plus the 18m-high treetop walkway, it’s the world’s garden on our doorstep.
THE LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN Cornwall
An atmospheric step back in time creating an inspiring day out. Discover a living history of Victorian gardeners, at work and play, evoked through 200 acres of restored walled vegetable gardens, sub-tropical exotic jungle, wildlife habitats and pleasure grounds (below left).