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Castle Howard in Yorkshire, location for the TV series Brideshead Revisited, has been crowned 2011 Garden of the Year.

Castle Howard in York

The award, made by the Historic Houses Association and Christie’s, recognises gardens with “outstanding horticultural and public appeal”.

Castle Howard is set in 1,000 acres of landscaped grounds in York. It is famous for its rose garden, housed in an 18th century walled garden. It is home to 2,000 roses.

The estate’s woodland boasts almost 800 species of rhododendron, with glades of pieris, wild roses, magnolias, hydrangeas, viburnums and maples.

Castle Howard’s Simon Howard said he was “thrilled” at the award: “All credit should go to the gardeners who, every year, through all types of weather, tirelessly strive to achieve a high standard.”

The newest addition is an ornamental veg garden (potager) that took root in 2006. It’s a popular feature of the walled garden which was historically a working garden that supplied fruit, vegetables and flowers for the household.

Call (01653) 648333 or visit www.castlehoward.co.uk for more details, opening times and prices.