Gardens in the Cotswolds
Hidcote Manor Garden, Nr Chipping Campden
One of the most delightful gardens in England, created by
the great horticulturalist Major Lawrence Johnston. A series
of small gardens within a whole, separated by walls and hedges
of different species. Licensed restaurant, plant centre, shop.
Open: 1 April - 5 November daily except Tuesdays and Fridays
Sudeley Castle and Gardens, Winchcombe
11am - 6pm (5pm in October)
10 stunning gardens
Winner of the HHA/Christies Gardens of the Year
Open: March 4 - October 29.
Painswick Rococo Garden, Painswick,
The garden is the sole survivor from the eighteenth century
period of English Rococo Garden design. It combines formality
and informality in a flamboyant package, which is a magical
experience all the year. Famous for its snowdrops and newly
Open: Jan - Nov
Batsford Arboretum an Garden Centre,
Batsford Park, Moreton-in-Marsh
Spring brings displays of flowering bulbs, wild flowers,
Magnolias and Japanese Cherries.
Summer months are lush and tranquil enabling you
to relax in the shadow of fine old specimen trees.
Autumn follows with the wonderful exploding reds, deep purples,
yellows and golds falling against a backdrop of native and
Stanway Water Garden, Stanway
One of the finest 18th century water gardens, restored in
1998, Stanway lies beneath the 700-foot-high Cootswold escarpment.
Its grand formal Canal, with 70-foot-high fountain, stands
on a great grass terrace overlooking the Jacobean manor
house and is fed by a long Cascade issuing from a circular
pool behind the Pyramid. These water features, together
with the surrounding parkland, planted with avenues and
fine specimen trees, the wide lawns, wild flower meadows,
grass mounds, orchards and walled garden, create a landscape
as peaceful and beautiful as any in Britain.
Open: Aug - Sept, 2-5pm, Tues and Thurs.
Mill Dene Garden, Blockley
The garden is set around a lovely mill (not open) which
is probably Norman. Sited in its own steep-sided valley,
the garden has hidden paths winding up from the mill-pool
and stream at the bottom through the Rose Walk to the Cricket
Open: April 1st - Oct 30th, weekdays, 10am-6pm