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Visit Barnsdale Garden Centre, a great family day out and voted the UK’s Best Garden to Visit 2018/19. This is well known as the home of the BBC Gardeners’ World TV programme, often cited as ‘a theme park for gardeners’ for its uniquely designed collection of 38 realistic and individual gardens that are delightful to experience as they guide you round this eight-acre site. Home to an astonishing variety of garden areas that range from pretty Japanese gardens to traditional French gardens, along with English cottage gardens, to wildlife, too. There are even spaces for growing vegetables and fruit! You can revel in the late Geoff Hamilton's Garden, in Oakham, Rutland, where all the family can enjoy this relaxing day out at these famous gardens.
The focus of Barnsdale Gardens is on ecological and environmental gardening, by making use of organic and peat-free principles. Learn as you wander through the gardens as there are a variety of courses and events that run all throughout the year - this is particularly special during July and August at the Summer Sundays that take place. Don't miss out on the riveting Chelsea Flower Show, and the Gold Medal-winning plant nursery which has a rich and diverse range of plants for you to experience. During these events, the Tea Room will tempt you further serving some locally sourced and freshly prepared produce and food, there to feed, revitalise and relax you.
Take a self-led tour of the many 38 gardens where the little ones will love the Children’s Garden, which was built to create a fun, educational experience that focuses on the environment. It's home to a delightful willow den for play and discovery and a mud hut for bird and wildlife watching. They might even want to catch up on homework on the hotter days in there as there is a seating area to chill, relaxing to the sounds of the water feature. After, finish up your family day out and treat yourself to some snacks and drinks in the tea rooms.
Don't miss out on the courses held at Barnsdale Gardens, where you can learn the basics of vegetable growing or pruning or watercolour painting, photography and more. It's no wonder this is a family favourite weekend as many of the events come free with Garden entry. For more Rutland experiences, why not check out some history of the county? Take a trip to Rutland County Museum to uncover the county's history through collections of objects that concern the local rural and agricultural life, plus the social history and archaeological history of Rutland itself.
Barnsdale Gardens were built in Geoff Hamilton's trademark style of open gardens, so there's plenty of inspiring landscapes to take in, a delightful gardeners world of wonder is just waiting to be explored. There are plenty of magical hidden corners to uncover, ponds brimming with tadpoles and newts, and an allotment home to chickens and giant organically grown vegetables. The little ones love watching the flocks of birds on feeders that are scattered throughout the site, just as the sounds of buzzing bees and butterflies echo throughout the site. If you're looking for more natural soundscapes and wildlife landscapes in the county, check out Rutland Water Nature Reserve, one of the best places to enjoy birds and wildlife with lagoons and wetland areas to discover.
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