Christopher Bailes, a judge at this year's Chelsea Flower Show, has rated Tresco Abbey Garden among the Top 10 Best gardens in the World in a list compiled recently for The Telegraph.

Tresco came in at number seven and was described as follows:


When I first set foot in the Abbey Garden in 1979 I could scarcely believe I was still in the British Isles. Sometimes referred to as “Kew’s Temperate House with the lid off”, the mixture of plants that flourishes here is like no other. The island’s mild maritime climate and free-draining granitic soil accommodate tender plants from countries with a Mediterranean climate such as South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. The result is a unique collection of plants in an idyllic setting. 


The Abbey Garden was the top-ranked of four gardens in the British Isles to make the list which included offerings from Singapore, New Zealand, France, the USA and South Africa.


The complete list was:


1 Singapore Botanic Gardens

2 Pukeiti Gardens, Taranki, New Zealand

3 Monet’s Garden at Giverny, Normandy

4 Lotusland, Santa Barbara, California

5 Portland Japanese garden, Oregon, USA

6 Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden, South Africa

7 Tresco Abbey Garden

8 Great Dixter, Sussex

9 Mount Stewart, County Down

10 RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington, Devon.


The Taranaki Regional Council issued a press release today stating ‘The Chelsea Garden Show is to gardeners what Formula One is to petrolheads, so when one of the judges lists Pukeiti in the world’s top 10 gardens, it’s a big deal.’


It would seem logical to assume the case is exactly the same for Tresco.

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