10 Glorious Gardens From TV And Film

Garden inspiration is everywhere - in your local park or neighbour's garden, in horticultural magazines and online blogs, and even on your television screen. From BBC series to iconic adaptations of classical novels, gardens have been a key feature of TV programs and films over the years. Here, we’ve compiled a list of 10 glorious gardens that have featured on-screen, to give you some top tips and inspiration for your own green space.

1. Anthony Garden, Cornwall

This 18th century property and parkland featured in Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (2010) as the magical location for Alice’s adventures. It’s not hard to see why, with quirky hedge designs and a plethora of azaleas, magnolias and camellias. Today, a collection of modern sculptures can also be found throughout the grounds.

2. Lyme Park, Cheshire

Boasting an Edwardian rose garden and an Orangery, and surrounded by a 1400 acre deer park, these gardens were used as the location of Pemberley in the BBC adaptation of ‘Pride & Prejudice’ (1995), in the scene of Mr Darcy exiting the lake and encountering Elizabeth Bennett. Its pristine grass and immaculately kept hedges makes it the perfect setting for such a classic work of fiction.

3. Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire

Lacock Abbey has featured as the location of numerous TV and film productions including ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ (2002) and ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ (2008). This woodland garden boasts exotic trees, colorful foliage, and immaculate borders which compliment the grandeur of the Abbey.

4. Highclere Castle, Newbury

This castle and grounds starred in ITV’s ‘Downton Abbey’. The building’s classic architecture is complimented by the 5000-acre pristinely kept grounds, as fit for such an iconic series. At the South East of the castle is Monk’s Garden, which is a decorative garden of trees, climbing roses and lavender. There is a Secret Garden, and a woodland called the Wood of Goodwill with 38 native British trees including beech and oak.

5. Haddon Hall, Peak District

This impressive castle and grounds has played host to the cast of ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ and three versions of ‘Jane Eyre’ to name but a few, owing to its grandeur and picturesque surroundings. It is set in the center of the stunning Peak District National Park and boasts an Elizabethan-inspired garden, as designed by Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner Arne Maynard.

6. Cliveden Gardens, Buckinghamshire

It’s easy to see why these gardens have featured on our screens. The English rose garden features over 900 roses, and there is an impressive oriental water garden, as well as immaculately kept hedges. It certainly made a magical setting for Disney’s 2015 version of the classic ‘Cinderella’.

7. Levens Hall

These colourful gardens have appeared on-screen multiple times, ranging from BBC’s ‘Countryfile’ and ITV’s ‘Loose Women’ to ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ (2002) starring Richard E Grant. With an orchard, high beech hedges, a willow maze and a rose garden, Levens Hall is also home to the unique Topiary Gardens which features over 100 pieces clipped to an interesting and individual design.

8. Mapperton, Dorset

Reflecting at least three periods of history, these gardens run down on four levels, from a croquet lawn to fountains, an orangery and a fish pond, as well as many animals throughout the grounds. The summer house boasts a selection of colourful plants and greenery, whilst the interesting and unique hedge structure is eye-catching enough to be featured in ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ (2015).

9. Chatsworth, Derbyshire

These gardens have evolved over 450 years and were used as the location for ‘The Duchess’ (2008). With a fountain, Victorian rock garden and glasshouse and an immaculately-kept maze, the 105-acre gardens make for the perfect setting for an on-screen production.

10. The Eden Project, Cornwall

These futuristic gardens featured in the Bond film ‘Die Another Day’ (2002). Gardeners working in the Rainforest Biome certainly have a unique job, growing tropical plants and using chainsaws to create the eye-catching look of the gardens. With plants such as the Malaysian Jade Vine, it’s certainly in its own league of English gardens to have featured on-screen.