Some of the finest gardens and Arboreta are to be found in the Cotswolds. There is something for everyone in all Cotswold gardens. You can stroll around a garden attached to an old manor house and soak up the atmosphere and admire the formality of manicured gardens elsewhere. Instead of a flower garden, you will come across a stunning vegetable garden, beautiful garden buildings or breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Some gardens are open to visitors all through the year, while many others are opened a few times a year as part of the National Gardens Schemes. Whole villages often arrange fetes and festivals to tie in with the garden events – Best Cotswold Tours will keep you informed of these opportunities to visit and enjoy.
Bourton House Garden
Bourton House Garden an award-winning three-acre garden. From the entry through a Grade 1 listed 16th Century Tithe Barn, you can admire herbaceous borders. a knot garden and topiary walk.There are a number of water features and the abundance of many rare and exotic plants.
Magnolia in a Bibury Garden
Stroll casually around the small village of Bibury, and admire the well tended and beautiful cottage gardens along the banks of the River Coln. Appreciate the Pieris, Spiraea, the Tulips (in the spring), the Roses, Vegetables, and well tended lawns.
Saunter beside the cottages known as Arlington Row which is now owned by the National Trust. They were built in the late 1300's as a wool store and converted into Weavers Cottages in the 17th. century.
Cotswold Sculpture Exhibitions in gardens throughout the Summer
Admire many "Open Gardens" organised by the National Garden Scheme (NGS). Many Unique Sculptures crafted by Cotswold Artists, as well spectacularly well tended herbaceous, walled and alpine gardens can be seen throughout the summer months.
Rococo Gardens Painswick
Rococo garden, near Painswick with its dramatic follies and vistas and stunning views of rolling countryside features one of the most spectacular displays of snowdrops in early spring when they carpet the woodland floor.
Batsford Arboretum, a Silver winner of the Cotswold Tourism Awards Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2014 home to the country’s largest private collection of trees and shrubs. Stroll through 56 acres of wooded glades lit by drifts of yellow aconites, daffodils, hellebores and delicate snowdrops. Magnolias give attractive spring flowers, as does the beautiful Davidia (handkerchief tree), but Batsford’s national collection of Japanese flowering cherries takes pride of place with a mass of pink spring blossom.
Westonbirt, a 600 acre arboretum, is home to an internationally important tree and shrub collection of 15,000 trees, with around 2,500 different types of tree In spring, visitors can enjoy spectacular displays of rhododendrons However it isn’t just rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias that you can look forward to, you will also find a wide variety of spring flowers.
Blenheim Palace Gardens and Water Feature
Kiftsgate Court Gardens
Walk down steep paths to a beautiful pool on a terrace which is hidden from the rest of the garden, with the most fantastic views over the Cotswolds.
There are tulips in the Spring, but as every gardener knows Kiftsgate Court is famous for its roses. There also is a modern Garden Pool which was created for its reflections.
The best time to visit is in June and July when the roses are in full bloom.
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