• 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 [...]

  • Snowshill Manor (NT)

    The intimate garden is laid out as a series of outdoor rooms, with terraces and ponds, and wonderful views across the Cotswold countryside. It is the essence of a British garden. The home of thousands of fascinating treasures collected entirely by architect and craftsman, Charles Paget Wade. Explore the terraces, Read more [...]

  • Mill Dene Garden

    A beautiful 2.5 acre Cotswold water-mill garden, designed and planted by the owner. Steep, lawned terraces wind down to the mill, pool, stream and grotto. A rose walk, edged with lavender is lovely in late June, the cricket lawn with views over the Cotswolds leads up to the fruit garden Read more [...]

  • Oxford University Botanic Garden

    Situated on the banks of the River Cherwell, the University of Oxford Botanic Garden is the perfect place to escape the noise of the city whilst enjoying a classic yet contemporary garden full of stunning plants. The Garden consists of three sections. The Glasshouses contain plants that need protection from Read more [...]

  • Hodges Barn

    The garden ‘bones’ at Hodges Barn were laid out in the 1930’s and though halted in the early years of the Second World War, were continued by Italian prisoners of war waiting to be repatriated home in 1946. Their influence in the design of the garden is apparent in the Read more [...]

  • Cottesbrooke Hall and Gardens

    The formal and Wild Gardens surrounding and adjacent to the house have in the main been developed during the course of the present century. The gardens are both celebrated and of great distinction. They include fine old cedars and specimen trees with formal parterres and magnificent double herbaceous borders, as Read more [...]

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