Gardens to Visit in Gloucestershire

Barnsley House

Laburnum Flowers

Laburnum Flowers in May © Seasonal Gardening

Created by the well-loved garden writer Rosemary Verey in the 1950s. The gardens are beautifully laid out with attractive planting schemes, including a laburnum arch under planted with ornamentals, pleached lime walkways, mixed borders and a good selection of shrub Roses. Other features include interplanted stone pathways, a working kitchen garden, herb garden & potager.

Facilities: parking, accommodation.
Open: Feb to Dec - by appointment only
Address: Barnsley, Cirencester GL7 5EE
Tel: 01285 740000 - Privately Run Hotel
Web: barnsleyhouse.com

Bourton House Garden

Bourton House

© Bourton House

Restored 18th-c. manor house set in magnificent landscaped gardens, with mature trees, shrubs, water features, winding paths and lavish borders. The gardens are managed by Head Gardener Paul Nicholls and include imaginative topiary, a knot garden, parterre, water features, herbaceous borders, pasture land and a fine collection of specimen trees.

 

Facilities: parking, cafe, shop, plant sales
Open: April to October
Address: Burton-on-the-Hill, GL56 9AE
Tel: 01386 700754
Web: bourtonhouse.com

Batsford Arboretum

acer tree

Acer Palmatum © Seasonal Gardening

Spectacular 56 acre garden, with lovely views across the Evenlode Valley. Home to over 1500 specimen trees from around the world. You can meander along winding pathways and tree lined streams to discover exotic statues hidden in wooded glades. Well worth visiting at any time of year, with drifts of bulbs in spring, flamboyant blossoms in May and rich autumn leaf colour.

 

Facilities: parking, cafe, shop, plant sales
Open: all year, daily
Address: Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos. GL56 9AB
Tel: 01386 701441
Web: batsarb.co.uk

Cheltenham Gardens

Cheltenham Parade

Cheltenham Promenade © Seasonal Gardening

Colourful public gardens set out in the Imperial Park behind the town hall and along the main promenade (shown above). The gardens were laid out in 1817 to encourage people to walk from the town to the spa. Around 25,000 bedding plants are planted each year to create the magnificent floral displays enjoyed by thousands of visitors. Events and festivals throughout the summer.

Facilities: Free Access
Open: Any reasonable time.
Address: Imperial Square, Chelt. GL50 1QA
Tel: 0844 5762210
Web: cheltenham.gov.uk

Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park Gardens

© National Trust Images/James Dobson

Historic baroque style country house, surrounded by an ancient parkland with fallow deer. A delightful place for a leisurely stroll, with richly planted borders, tranquil ponds and an idyllic wildflower orchard.

Dryham's charming 250 acre landscaped gardens are famous for their annual tulip festival in April.

Facilities: parking, shop, tea room, park trails
Open: Late February to mid-December
Address: Dyrham, Gloucestershire SN14 8ER
Tel: 0117 9372501 - Owned by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk/dyrham-park

Hidcote Manor Garden

Hidcote Gardens

Hidcote Gardens - by Ron Porter (CC0)

A delightful 10-acre arts and crafts garden, designed by the horticulturist Major Laurence Johnston. Established in 1907, the garden is beautifully situated in the rolling Cotswold hills. Designed as number of garden rooms, enclosed by trimmed Yew hedges. Each garden is planted to a unique theme, such as the Bathing Pool Garden with its topiary birds and the Theatre Garden.

Facilities: parking, shop, cafe, garden centre
Open: Late February to mid-December
Address: Chipping Campden, Glos. GL55 6LR
Tel: 01386 438333 - Owned by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote

Kiftsgate Court Gardens

Kiftsgate Court Gardens

The Rose Border © Seasonal Gardening

A charming plot, situated on the edge of the Cotswolds, with dramatic views towards the Malvern Hills. The garden makes good use of its natural topography, with terraces and paths sloping down to a lawn and crescent pool. Kiftsgate is a quiet and intimate place, luxuriantly planted and always colourful, especially in June when the roses are in full bloom.

Facilities: parking, cafe, shop, plant sales
Open: April to September
Address: Mickleton, Glos. GL55 6LN
Tel: 01386 438777
Web: kiftsgate.co.uk

Sezincote

white water lilies

White Water Lilies - Nymphaea alba (FM)

Exotic Indo-oriental style garden, complete with charming water gardens, bridges, indian temples and statues. Influenced by Thomas Daniell and Humphry Repton, the gardens are lusciously planted with hosta, skunk cabbage, rodgersia and other moisture loving plants that line its streams and canals. The site is surrounded by ancient woodlands, ornamental trees and fine cedars.

Facilities: parking
Open: all year (Exc. Xmas)
Address: Sezincote GL56 9AW
Tel: 01386 700444
Web: sezincote.co.uk

Snowshill Manor

Well Court Snowshill Gardens

© National Trust Images/Jonathan Buckley

A traditional 16th-c. Cotswold manor house, surrounded by a charming walled gardens and terraces packed with spring and summer colour. Situated on a hillside with spectacular views across the Cotswold countryside. The gardens were designed by Charles Wade & M.H. Baillie Scott as a series of interconnecting 'rooms' divided by hedges, walls, steps and archways.

Facilities: parking, restaurant, shop
Open: April to October
Address: Snowshill, Gloucestershire WR12 7JU
Tel: 01386 852410 - Owned by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Sudeley Castle

tulips in spring

Tulips in Spring (FM)

This lovely castle of Cotswold stone is set in formal gardens with box Hedges, topiary and an Elizabethan-style herb garden. Take a relaxing stroll along shrub borders, clipped yews and broad lawns lined with trees. The tulips are a delight in Spring, with fragrant roses in summer, followed by rich autumn colour in the secret garden. The garden's rare animal collection is an added bonus.

Facilities: parking, terrace cafe, visitor centre
Open: April to October, daily
Address: Winchcombe, Glos. GL54 5JD
Tel: 01242 602308
Web: sudeleycastle.co.uk

Westbury Court Garden

Westbury Court Garden

© National Trust Images/James Dobson

Restored late 17th-c. Dutch-style water garden, formally laid-out with canals and clipped yew hedges. There is also a lovely little walled garden stocked with period plants, including old roses, herbs, medicinal herbs and fruit trees.

Facilities: parking, children's quiz/trail
Open: April to October
Address: Westbury-on-Severn, Glos. GL14 1PD
Tel: 01452 760461 - Owned by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Westonbirt Arboretum

Autumn at Westonbirt

Autumn Shades at Westonbirt (FM)

Famed for its spectacular autumn colours, this 600 acre tree lovers paradise contains one of the largest and finest collections of temperate trees in Britain. Also noted for its summer flowering shrubs and evergreens. Including fine displays of Japanese Maples, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Magnolias and over 16000 specimens of wild flowers. The Maple glade in the Autumn is one the parks biggest draws.

Facilities: parking, visitor centre, shop, cafe
Open: All year, daily
Address: GL8 8QS
Tel:01666 880220
Web: westonbirtarboretum.com


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