Myddelton House Gardens are steeped in history and contain a miscellany of plants. One of Britain’s most influential self-taught horticulturists, Edward Augustus Bowles, created the gardens, which are home to several national plant collections, glasshouses, a kitchen garden, peach house, rock garden and famous ‘Lunatic Asylum’. Various historical artefacts can be discovered around the eight acres of gardens, from the old Enfield Market Cross to the 300-year-old life-size lead ostriches. The gardens have undergone a period of extensive restoration following a two-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Spanning three different centuries, Bowles’ garden continues to be brought back to its former glory.