Famous people and their gardens

Some of our most famous writers, poets and politicians found inspiration in the beauty of the places where they lived and worked. For many, their gardens held a special significance, a space to enjoy, to relax and even write in. Why not discover some of them for yourself?

A man, woman and dog sat on benches in Greenway garden in Autumn

Greenway garden

Greenway is nestled in a woodland garden which drifts down the hill to the banks of the River Dart. The garden is complete with stunning views, colourful borders and grand trees, perfect for exploring.

Herbaceous borders along the path leading to Hill Top, Sawrey, Cumbria

Beatrix Potter's garden

Beatrix Potter bought Hill Top with the royalties from the first of her little books, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. 100 years later, Head Gardener Pete Tasker is determined to return the tiny garden to the one Beatrix created.

Hughenden pansies

The formal garden at Hughenden

The Victorian formal garden is Italianate in style with rows of terraces, a formal parterre, classical statuary and annual beds full of the bold colours the Disraelis loved.

The green gates at the entrance to Shaw's corner

The garden at Shaw's Corner

Shaw's Corner is now closed for the winter season. Colourful herbaceous borders, lush striped lawns, winding paths and a heritage orchard make up the gardens that the Shaw's created and loved to spend time in. Read more about the gardens here.

Woolsthorpe Manor, birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton, with the famous apple tree

Sir Isaac Newton's garden 

Visit Woolsthorpe Manor, home of Sir Isaac Newton, and you'll see the famous apple tree that inspired his theory of gravity.

The rose garden and pond at Bateman’s, East Sussex

Rudyard Kipling's garden 

Rudyard Kipling's garden at Bateman's, his 17th-century Jacobean home, in the landscape of the Sussex Weald, was the inspiration for Puck of Pook's Hill.

The garden in September and view of the back of Coleridge Cottage, Somerset

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's garden 

Explore the beautiful cottage garden at Samuel Taylor Coleridge's home in Somerset.

The view across the garden to Hardy's Cottage, the birthplace in 1840 of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy's garden 

Discover Thomas Hardy's garden at the cottage in Dorset, where he was born and spent his early years.

Iron garden seat amongst the flowers near the garden front of Red House, Bexleyheath, London

William Morris' garden 

Explore the peaceful garden and orchards at Red House, William Morris' iconic home, where he drew inspiration for his design ideas.

Winston Churchill's home Chartwell, Kent, viewed from across the lawn

Winston Churchill's garden 

Churchill was a lover of nature and landscape. He created lakes, a rose garden and a playhouse on the hillside garden at Chartwell in Kent.