Lost gardens find their way to the top
Consumer reviews site, Qype, has revealed the consumer’s pick of the UK’s best gardens, ahead of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show next week (May 22-26).
The mysterious Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall – whose 200 acres include a lush sub-tropical jungle, ancient woodlands and a fascinating wildlife project, came out on top according to reviews posted on Qype.co.uk over the last six months. “This place is amazing. Jurassic Park meets modern day gardens. Great for the whole family,” wrote one reviewer.
The list also features established favourites such as Kew Gardens and Kensington Gardens in London. However they were beaten to second and third place respectively by the less well-known Horniman Museum & Gardens in Forest Hill and Edinburgh’s world-renowned Royal Botanic Garden.
“It’s fantastic to see the Lost Gardens of Heligan recognised by Qype reviewers. It is one of the most interesting, original gardens in the UK and their conservation projects have clearly made a big impression with their visitors,” commented Richard Dennys, Qype’s chief marketing officer.
Qype’s Top 10 UK Gardens
1) The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St. Austell, Cornwall
2) Horniman Museum & Gardens, Forest Hill, London
3) Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh
4) Kew Gardens, Kew, London
5) Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, London
6) Belfast Botanic Gardens, Belfast
7) St Ann’s Well Gardens, Hove
Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Edgbaston, Birmingham
9) RHS Garden Wisley, Woking
10) Bodnant Garden, Colwyn Bay