Got green fingers but looking for a bit of inspiration ? Here are some of the beautiful local gardens to give you ideas, and perhaps a dollop of envy.
Perched on the edge of the Cotswolds with wonderful views to the west, the gardens at Kiftsgate reflect gardening through the 20th century.
Mickleton, Chipping Campden, Glos GL55 6LN
Tel: 01386 438777 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open April to September
Experience one of the country's great gardens. The National Trust's Hidcote is an Arts and Crafts garden in the North Cotswolds.
Hidcote Bartrim, Chipping Campden, Glos GL55 6LR
Tel: 01386 438333 email:email@example.com
Open March to October daily, Nov, Dec, Feb - weekends only
This peaceful 10 acre garden occupies a hillside position extending down from the 17th century manor house. Landscaped on different levels, it comprises a series of distinctive smaller gardens, providing varierty and interest throughout the season.
Coton Road, Coton, Northampton NN6 8RQ
Tel: 01604 740219 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Easter to the end September 12-4.30pm
The nation's favourite gardener Monty Don lists Rousham as his favourite garden in the country. The classic landscape is full of brilliant design ideas to inspire you, no matter what size your garden is.
Rousham, Upper Heyford OX25 4QU
Tel: 01869 347110
Open every day of the year from 10am. Last entry 4.30pm.
The eight acres of landscape ornamental gardens at Waterperry have inspired and delighted countless gardeners, from both complete novices to the more experienced gardener. Design ideas by the bucketful.
Waterperry Gardens, Nr. Wheatley, Oxon OX33 1JZ
Tel: 01844 339254
Open every day except during Art in Action (when only open to people attending the event)
The oldest botanical garden in Britain. And in the heart of the city centre.
Rose Lane, Oxford OX1 4AZ
Tel: 01865 286690
Open daily 9am to 4pm