The infinite variety and character of English gardens have been delighting visitors for centuries. And the green and pleasant land's love affair with horticulture still thrives an array of sublime landscapes awaits those prepared to venture off the proverbial chatsworth.org.
Similarly historical but recently restyled is the Duchess of Northumberland's extravagant garden at Alnwick, Northumberland, pictured, which boasts the world's largest tree house and a poison garden, alnwickgarden.com. For English eccentricity at its best, visit filmmaker Derek Jarman's strange but enchanting garden on the shingle beach in Dungeness, Kent. At Prospect Cottage, in the shadow of a nuclear power plant, lavender and poppies poke out behind sculptures fashioned from old gardening tools and driftwood. Jarman featured the garden as both Gethsemane and Eden in one of his last films. There will be plenty there to tempt you too.