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Ten of the best: British gardens
  • Described by Cornwall today as 'a Cornish jewel', The Lost Gardens of Heligan offers a variety of attractions including wildlife, exotic plants and ancient woodlands. To find out more, visit www.heligan.com

  • A hotspot for sunbathing and picnics, Kensington Gardens also boasts "elegant avenues and architecture". The garden paths are popular amongst joggers, runners, cyclists and those who enjoy a healthy commute to work. To find out more, visit www.royalparks.org.uk

  • Situated above the River Conwy, Bodant Garden spans 80 acres and plays host to a variety of plants from around the globe. The garden is split into two sections, the upper garden consisting of terraced gardens and lawns, and the lower garden, otherwise known as 'the Dell', contains the wild garden. Members of the National Trust and the Royal Horticultural Society are admitted free on presentation of a valid membership card. To find out more visit www.bodnantgarden.co.uk

  • After a £2.3 million redevelopment, the 16.5 acre gardens will reopen to the public on 31 May 2012. New features include a Gardens Pavilion, a newly restored bandstand, and diverse wildlife activities such as pond dipping and fungi walks.

  • At the RHS Garden you’ll find ‘richly planted borders‘, ‘luscious’ rose gardens, and a ‘state-of-the-art’ glasshouse. The trials fields contain an array of flowers and vegetables, and  Battleston Hill is covered with carpets of bluebells at this time of year. To find out more, visit www.rhs.org.uk

  • Deemed ‘the world’s most famous garden’, at Kew Gardens you’ll find glasshouses, landscapes, treetops and even rainforest! The gardens also contain an exciting range of plants, from ancient trees to the world’s oldest pot plant. To find out more, visit www.kew.org

  • An important part of Belfast’s Victorian heritage, the Botanic Gardens boasts an assortment of tropical plants, trees and flower beds. Belfast Gardens also plays host to concerts and opera performances. To find out more, visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk

  • Renowned for its horticultural excellence, the Royal Botanic Garden spans over 70 acres and is situated just one mile from the city centre. To find out more, visit www.rbge.org.uk

  • Here you'll find an array of gardens and glasshouses featuring a vast collection of diverse plants; from tropical climbers to towering palms. For more information, visit www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk

  • Located near Hove seafront, St Ann's Well features a range of native and exotic trees. St. Ann's also features a pond, a scented garden for the visually impaired, and a large population of  of Grey Squirrels. For more information, visit www.stannswellgardens.co.uk