Gardens are all the rage in Britain

LONDON -- Attention, horticulturists! The British Tourist Authority launched a new Web site, at www.travelbritain.org/gardens, and a free, pocket-size map called "Britain's Gardens" highlighting the Sceptered Isle's greener charms.

The map, published with Jarvis Hotels, identifies 100 of Britain's finest gardens from the Scottish highlands to the Channel Islands.

Meanwhile, the Web site has a searchable database of more than 400 gardens, horticultural event listings and suggested garden itineraries.

A new garden featured in the effort is the Eden Project, which opened last spring in a former china-clay pit near St. Austell, Cornwall.

The Eden Project has two massive conservatories called "biomes"; one of which, at 146 feet tall, houses hundreds of plants from the Amazon, West Africa, Asia and the South Pacific.

For a copy of the map, call the BTA at (877) 899 8391, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.travelbritain.org.

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