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Local Gardens

Cliveden – Taplow, Buckinghamshire – This spectacular country estate overlooking the River Thames was once the glittering hub of society as the home of Waldorf and Nancy Astor.  Later in the 20th century it was infamously associated with the Profumo Affair.  The various formal gardens include topiary and colourful seasonal planting in the Long Garden and the celebrated parterre with its breathtaking views.  An outstanding collection of sculpture and statues from the ancient and modern worlds adorn the gardens.  (National Trust)

Dorneywood Garden – Burnham, Buckinghamshire – 1930s-style garden with herbaceous borders, rose garden, cottage garden and lily pond.  (National Trust)

Stowe Landscape Gardens – Buckingham, Buckinghamshire – The scale, grandeur and beauty of Stowe has inspired writers, philosophers, artists, politicians and members of the public from the 18th century to the present day.  One of the most remarkable creations of Georgian England, Stowe was created by a family once so powerful they were richer than the king.  Since the National Trust acquired the gardens in the late 1980s, an ambitious programme of restoration has ensured that over 40 temples and monuments remain, gracing an inspiring backdrop of lakes and valleys with an endless variety of walks and trails, a delight to explore at any time of year.  (National Trust)

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Waddesdon Manor – near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire – The renaissance-style château was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to display his outstanding collection of art treasures and to entertain the fashionable world.  The Victorian garden is considered one of the finest in Britain with its parterre, seasonal displays, fountains and statuary.  At its heart lies the aviary, stocked with species once part of Baron Ferdinand’s collection.  Entrance to the House is by timed tickets only.  (National Trust)

West Wycombe Park – West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire – The fine landscape garden was created in the mid 18th century by Sir Francis Dashwood, founder of the Dilettanti Society and Hellfire Club.  The gardens include a beautiful lake, temples and follies created by Sir Francis.  The mansion is among the most theatrical and Italianate in England.  Lavishly decorated, it has featured in films and television series. (National Trust)

For more information about local gardens open to the public, click http://www.ngs.org.uk/gardens-to-visit/visit-buckinghamshire-gardens.aspx

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