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20 of the best Surrey gardens to visit - an introduction

PUBLISHED: 12:53 12 May 2011 | UPDATED: 15:12 20 February 2013

Painshill Park, Cobham, by Fred Holmes

Painshill Park, Cobham, by Fred Holmes

The essential guide to garden visiting in the UK, The Good Gardens Guide has been a best-seller for almost 20 years. With the latest edition just out, we asked two of its experts, joint editor KATHERINE LAMBERT and Surrey garden inspector DAPHNE F...

Originally published in Surrey Lifemagazine May 2008


The essential guide to garden visiting in the UK, The Good Gardens Guide has been a best-seller for almost 20 years. With the latest edition just out, we asked two of its experts, joint editor KATHERINE LAMBERT and Surrey garden inspector DAPHNE FISHER, to choose their favourites in the county to visit

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Because of its proximity to London and the levers of power and patronage, Surrey has been for many centuries a magnet for men of fortune, ambition and taste, who bought and built houses and estates, restored and reinvented them, then passed or sold them on. The process continues, on a more modest scale, today. Taken together, these 20 gorgeous gardens (which don't include internationally famous ones such as Wisley, Savill Garden, Kew and Hampton Court Palace) give a remarkable snapshot of garden-making from the 18th century to the present day.



The Good Gardens Guide


Katherine Lambert is joint editor of The Good Gardens Guide and Daphne Fisher, who lives in Epsom, advises and writes on Surrey gardens for the book. The Good Gardens Guide is on sale at all good bookshops priced at 15.99 (paperback), or you can order on line by visiting www.franceslincoln.com

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