The Cotswolds has some of the finest gardens and arboreta in Great Britain. Aside from the cottage garden, it is the manor house garden that most typifies the Cotswolds.
Many gardens are beautiful throughout the year, but with the British seasons to contend with, gardens can boast the most spectacular seasonal displays all year round. We have selected some of the finest gardens in the Cotswolds to visit during each season.
Winter (December-February) – Painswick Rococo
For Painswick Rococo’s gardener Chris Hitchcock, late winter is always an exciting time of the year. The first flower to appear is the lovely snowdrop (Galanthus). After a bleak time of the year they dramatically cover the woodland in a carpet of white. For Chris and his team there is not a better way to remember that spring is only just round the corner.
Snowdrop time is a very busy time for everyone. Thousands of visitors from all over the world, flock to the Garden to see the displays. The gardeners abandon our garden tools and help car parking and manning the admission desk.
Spring (March–May) – Mill Dene Garden
Mill Dene is the garden that Wendy Dare has created over many years and
loves it dearly. It covers a little valley and surrounds an old Cotswold stone water-mill. There are sounds of water
everywhere and signs of family gone and grandchildren present who are helping Wendy to change the garden yet
As a nice Japanese visitor wrote last year:
Summer (June-August) – Hidcote Manor Garden
Early summer is the busiest and most enjoyable time for Glyn Jones and his team at The National Trust - Hidcote Manor Garden, as they see months of planning come to life. The
roses turn into full bloom. Visitors flock to join in with the Rose Walks through
the old scented rose garden.
A large team of gardeners, apprentices and volunteers, lovingly look after the magnificent roses, and all of the wildlife that comes with it. Hidcote Manor Garden has 74 different species of bird that flock to the garden, and have helped the birds make themselves at home by building bird boxes high up in the trees.
Autumn (September-November) – Westonbirt Arboretum
Every year, thousands of visitors make their way to Westonbirt Arboretum in
the autumn to experience one of nature’s most dramatic seasonal displays;
a climax of colour before the winter sets in.
The arrival of the wave of visitors provides its own excitement. Many travel from far and wide and have been coming for decades on this annual pilgrimage; seeking out colour hotspots like Acer Glade, Maple Loop or their own particular favourite retreat.
If you would like more information about Cotswold Gardens please visit http://www.cotswolds.com/site/things-to-do/attractions/gardens.
To request a Gardens guide please email Cotswolds@gloucestershire.gov.uk