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Shakespeare’s England is blessed with a wealth of picturesque gardens and impressive parklands. A delight to visit at any time of year, they’re positively bursting with colour and scent during the summer months. And, as many are hosting special events, you’ve now got even more reason to pay them a visit!

On 9th-10th July, Hill Close Gardens in Warwick is marking the 10th anniversary of the historic gardens being saved, restored and opened to the public with a celebratory Lost & Found Weekend. The hidden hedged plots, many with charming summerhouses, are the only surviving example of detached Victorian gardens once used by tradesfolk living above their businesses to escape the crowded town.

Meanwhile, if you’re after some inspiration for your own garden, or fancy picking up a bargain, you won’t want to miss the Stratford-upon-Avon Home & Garden Show 2016 from 15th to 17th July. Held at The Recreation Ground on the banks of the beautiful River Avon, the event showcases around 200 handpicked exhibitors – offering an eclectic selection of artisan crafts, homeware, plants, garden buildings, gardening accessories, foods and entertainment.

Of course, no article about gardens can be complete without a mention of Lancelet ‘Capability’ Brown. In honour of his 300th birthday, why not join Warwick Castle’s History Team on a tour through 64 acres of his first independently commissioned gardens? Or discover Warwickshire’s premier Capability Brown landscape at Compton Verney as part of its Capability Brown 300 Festival?

With these and all the other fabulous gardens in the region, including numerous National Trust properties and those belonging to the Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust, garden enthusiasts really are set for a blooming good summer. Let’s hope it’s a sunny one too!

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