• Kiftsgate Court

    Kifsgate Court is in a magnificent position with extensive views. The garden has many unusual plants, shrubs, tree peonies, hydrangeas and abutilons. Famous as the home of the giant ‘Kiftsgate’ roses, it also has a collection of old-fashioned roses. The story of Kiftsgate is the story of three generations of Read more [...]

  • Hidcote Manor Garden (NT)

    One of the most delightful gardens in England, created by the great horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnston. A series of small gardens separated by walls and hedges, Hidcote is famous for rare shrubs, trees, herbaceous borders, ‘old roses’ and interesting plant species. Many of the plants found growing in the garden Read more [...]

  • Hughenden Manor (NT)

    The Manor was the home of Prime Minister and statesman Benjamin Disraeli from 1847 until his death in 1881. The park and woodland have lovely walks and the garden is a recreation of the original colourful design of his wife, Mary Anne. Lawns, terraced garden, herbaceous border, formal annual bedding, Read more [...]

  • Bourton House

    Imaginatively planted 3 acre garden in a delightful Cotswold setting. There is a profusion of excitingly planted containers, from lead cisterns to stone troughs and a myriad of terracotta pots. Also featured are a knot garden, herbaceous and colour borders, a potager, topiary and an exciting shade house. A fountain Read more [...]

  • Waddesdon Manor

    The gardens were laid out from 1874-98 under the direction of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. One of the finest Victorian gardens in Britain, renowned for its seasonal displays. Innovative use of trees and shrubs coupled with flamboyant displays of bedding plants in the recently restored formal parterre, the elaborate raised Read more [...]

  • Westonbirt Arboretum

    Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is one of the most spectacular tree gardens in the world. An historical collection of over 3,000 different trees and shrub species many of which are rare or endangered in their native lands. Covering 600 acres and run by the Forestry Commission, Westonbirt has one of Read more [...]

  • Stowe Landscape Gardens

    One of the supreme creations of the Georgian era. The first, formal layout was adorned with many buildings by Vanbrugh, Kent and Gibbs; in the 1730’s Kent designed the Elysian Fields in a more naturalistic style, one of the earliest examples of the reaction against formality leading to the evolution Read more [...]

  • Sudeley Castle Gardens

    The Gardens at Sudeley Castle were laid out in the 19th century during the restoration of the Castle and are on an intimate, informal scale rare for a house of this size. The glory of Sudeley today is the Queen’s Garden, laid out in the 1850’s on the site of Read more [...]

  • Painswick Rococo Garden

    This is a most interesting garden, a survivor from a short but evolutionary time in gardening history. More often associated with the arts and architecture than with gardens, the Rococo style is associated with the French words rocaille meaning rock-work and coquille, a shell. The garden layout combines the formality Read more [...]

  • Rousham House Gardens

    The gardens and house were redesigned in the 1740’s by William Kent, a predecessor of ‘Capability’ Brown. His major constructions were the addition of the wings and the stable block. He also built the eyecatcher or folly on the opposite hillside; the mill beside the river; and redecorated much of Read more [...]

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