Visiting gardens is growing

As editor of the annual publication Gardens to Visit, I get to visit literally hundreds of Britain’s finest gardens every year.

Tony Russell, Garden consultant, BBC garden writer and presenter, and editor of Gardens to Visit.

Tony Russell, Garden consultant, BBC garden writer and presenter, and editor of Gardens to Visit.

Wherever I go, the story is the same – gardens are receiving far more group business now than ever before.
So why are more and more groups choosing to visit gardens? There appears to be several reasons. Firstly, gardens are seen as a relatively inexpensive day out, with admission charges, on average, lower than many other attractions. Secondly, information, guide books and plant labelling have all improved greatly, and thirdly – and perhaps most importantly for group travel – gardens have ‘upped their game’ dramatically when it comes to customer service and facilities. Limited coach parking and cups of tea served from garden sheds are no longer the norm. In their place, there are cafes and restaurants serving locally produced meals, often including ingredients grown in the garden.
So, with all that in mind, it gives me great pleasure to introduce the very first Garden Visits News special in GTO magazine, which will provide you with lots of ideas on how to enjoy the very best of Britain’s gardens.

Great Gardens To Visit

Tony Russell, Garden consultant, BBC garden writer and presenter, and editor of Gardens to Visit. www.gardenstovisit.net
* GTO readers can get copies of the book, Great Gardens to Visit 2011, at a special half price of £6.50 by calling 01453 836730 or visiting www.gardenstovisit.net and quoting GTO.