Living in Surrey or Hampshire and stuck for a garden design idea? Whilst Kent may be the garden of England, these two counties are also home to beautiful public gardens and castles from which you can take a lot of inspiration.
Surrey and Hants cover a large part of the South of England. In fact, Hants is labelled as the largest county in South East England being home to cities such as Portsmouth and Southampton. It has a beautiful coast line as well as lots of English countryside.
With this in mind, Hampshire also has fantastic wildlife which not only includes the usual deer and rabbits found across the UK, but also otters, wild ponies and wild boar! Of course, being such a prominent area with a large amount of greenery, Hampshire also has a very strong historical background being one of the first Saxon Shires. It is also a favourite visiting place of Royals, with lots of public gardens on display.
One of these public gardens is the Highclere Castle and Gardens which is set within 1,000 acres of land. The castle was owned by the Bishops of Winchester over eight hundred years ago and includes a number of gardens set within the castle. With traditional roses in the garden and geraniums, there is also a ‘Secret Garden’ which is particularly beautiful in the Summer months. This is considered to be a place of inspiration for art and importantly, garden design.
Similarly, Surrey also has a strong historical background and places of interest. The Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew Place being one of these places. These gardens were initially created by Lord Capel John of Tewkesbury before then being enlarged by the Princess of Wales, Augusta, in the 18th Century. The gardens now has a ‘Director’ who is responsible for the worlds largest amount of living places, with over 30,000 different types of plants. The gardens also offer a lot of different plant ideas for your own garden.
The two counties are very similar, with historically extravagant castles and lots of ‘greenery’. They are very traditionally ‘Old English’ meaning if you are looking for traditional garden design, these would be great places for inspiration.
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