From Breezy Knees to York Gate, there are close to five dozen gardens to explore in the Yorkshire region of England.
Breezy Knees? That’s the fanciful name for 14 acres of landscaped gardens based around extensive herbaceous borders plus a fragrant rose garden, rockery, cottage garden, two-acre annual meadow, and those beautiful flowers in the photo, at left — more than 6,000 different varieties of flowers, shrubs and trees. York Gate Garden was created by the Spencer family during the second half of the 20th century and bequeathed to the charity Perennial in 1994.
There are more than 70 acres at Cannon Hall Park and Gardens, landscaped in the 1760s by Richard Woods of Chertsey. Oakwell Hall Country Park features a beautifully restored late 17th century walled garden. Wentworth Castle Gardens comprise the only Grade 1 historic garden and parkland in South Yorkshire.
You can visit most of the gardens any day from spring through autumn, Road Trips Gardeners, but you might want to time your visit for one of the special events. For example, July 14 is “Sweet Pea Day” at Harlow Carr, a Royal Horticultural Society garden. Members of the National Sweet Pea Society will be on hand to discuss growing the 30 different varieties of sweet peas on display in a demonstration bed.
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