June highlights in a garden near you

The next few weeks are the best time to see the last of the late spring and early summer colour in gardens like Barrington Court, Lytes Cary Manor, Montacute, Stourhead and Tintinhull. Its also a chance to enjoy the peace and tranquility of favourite places before the summer holidays begin. Here are some of the top gardens to visit in June.

There is also a special book signing at Barrington Court on 13 June with Escape to the Country presenter Jules Hudson, and Jazz on the Lawn at Barrington on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June.

The lily pond statue and roman centurion statue in the Walled Garden at Barrington Court

Summer garden glory at Barrington Court 

The warm sunshine of early summer is bringing the borders to life with lots of colour and scents. You'll be greeted first by the subtle musky scent from four beds of shrub roses in the Rose and Iris Garden. Each year, the floriferous displays never cease to astound and the White Garden is not to be missed.

The white Garden at Barrington

Jules Hudson at Barrington Court

Join us in the walled garden from 1pm - 3pm on 13 June, for an exclusive book signing with author, archaeologist and television presenter, Jules Hudson. Best known for presenting the BBC series Escape to the Country, Jules has written a fascinating insight into the walled gardens of the National Trust.

South Lawn in glorious sunshine

Jazz on the Lawn at Barrington Court 

Our popular Jazz on the Lawn event on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June is relaxed fun for everyone. Bring a picnic and something to sit on, and enjoy some foot stomping tunes.

The Main Border at Lytes Cary Manor

Summertime at Lytes Cary Manor 

Summer is a great time to visit Lytes Cary Manor - explore the woodland and walk amongst mature leafy trees, cool off by the River Cary, or relax in the garden amongst the sensuous floral borders. Why not try a game of croquet on the lawn?

Flower borders in the East Court at Montacute House

The summer garden at Montacute 

Summer is a great time to be in the garden. The herbaceous borders of the East Court are perhaps the jewel in the crown with striking colour and architectural planting set around a manicured lawn. You'll find peonies and the sweet perfume scents of the Rosa Blanc de Coubert. There are grassy banks, a fountain to cool off by, and shady spots to relax and picnic.

The Temple of Apollo reflected in the lake at Stourhead, Wiltshire

The world-famous garden at Stourhead

Perhaps the most beautiful and magical of all of the great landscape gardens, Stourhead is an English 18th-century view of Arcadian paradise. In late spring and early summer the garden is a tranquil place to sit and relax, enjoy a picnic and immerse yourself in 300 years of history.

Flower border by the Pool Garden at Tintinhull

Summer's joyous exuberance at Tintinhull 

A gardeners' garden, with its open and varied sequence of garden rooms, each with its own special style. Phyllis Reiss influence led to a spirit of experimentation, building on her theories of colour, form and texture.