Behind the scenes of gardens in the South West

Fancy seeing what we keep in our garden sheds or what we grow in our glasshouses? Interested in digging into some garden history? Discover garden secrets with our ‘behind the scenes’ events and tours.

    Journey to Jupiter at Antony

    Tue 10 & Thu 12 Jun, 2-4pm

    Join Head Gardener Mark for a behind the scenes tour of Antony’s garden and explore the nooks and crannies not normally open to the public. The tour includes a visit to the Woodland Garden, salt pans and the rarely seen Bathhouse. You'll finish the tour at  Jupiter point, with superb views of the River Lynher and Saltash.

    Booking advised. Phone 01751 812191 (option 0) or email.

    Cotehele Unlocked

    Thu 19 Jun, 11am - 4pm

    Cotehele Unlocked is a real behind the scenes experience of the whole estate. In the garden, the potting shed and dovecote will be open all day with guides on hand to talk about these special places. There'll also be a special talk about the potting shed and the Victorian Cider press too.

    Hidden treasures at Greenway

    Thu 12 June, 1.45pm & 18 June, 12noon

    Join the Greenway garden team to explore some of Greenway garden's secret spots and lesser-known treasures. These tours will take in some behind the scenes areas, such as the vegetable plot which supplies the Café, the nursery boilers and the glasshouses, and also provides the perfect opportunity to find out more about Greenway Lodge, the Pet Cemetery and more. If you would like to travel to Greenway by car, parking spaces must be pre-booked by calling 01803 842382 or visiting the website.

    Daily garden tours at Knightshayes

    Daily, 2pm

    Knightshayes run daily garden tours. They're a great chance to learn more about the garden and get some insider information.

    Behind the scenes at Barrington Court

    Mon 9, Wed 11 & Tue 17 June, 2pm

    Learn about the potting shed, boiler house, fruit terrace, garden nursery, greenhouses and the garden pre-Lyle.

    For more information phone 01460 241938

    Discover Mr Blathwayt's Garden at Dyrham Park

    Daily (except Wed & Thur), 12noon & 2pm

    Join a guide for a tour of the garden at Dyrham and discover the story of its original creation as an impressive Dutch-inspired water garden. Learn about its decline and subsequent rejuvenation as well as finding out about the plants, shrubs and trees.

    For more information phone 0117 9372501.

    Exclusive evening tours at Hidcote

    Thu 12 & Fri 13 June, 7-9pm

    See Hidcote like you've never seen it before. Join Andrew, Garden Curator for an exclusive behind the scenes tour of this impressive garden of rooms.

    Booking essential on 01386 438333

    Explore the garden at Kingston Lacy

    Tours Wed - Sun, 7 - 22 Jun.

    Kingston Lacy are allowing limited access to some of the hidden closed door areas in the kitchen garden. Hayley, Kitchen Gardener, has been preparing these areas to let you see what they might have been like when in use. In addition you can see the recently restored Orchid house. For more information go on a tour, see the board in the Rose Garden for times.