Bowood House and Gardens

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Garden Category: South West England Gardens

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  • The gardens are one of the special glories of Bowood, encompassing almost every period of English garden design from the early Georgian period onwards. Splendours within the 100 acre park include a 40 acre lake. The grounds landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown has handsome features – a Doric Temple, a pinetum and arboretum, and a most spectacular Cascade.

    Originally laid out in 1854 by the 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne, the Woodland Garden at Bowood – home to the Lansdowne family since 1754 – features some of the earliest known hybrids in the UK.

    A passionate gardener – with the Woodland Garden being his particular pride and joy – the present 9th Marquis of Lansdowne has continued the planting pursued here by his forebears.

    In 2013, Lord Lansdowne unveiled the new, additional four-acre ‘Jubilee Garden’ – a seven year labour of love. Shaped by a small natural valley with magnificent clumps of yews at each corner, this particular plot fulfills what he believes was the intention of his great-grandfather over 100 years previously. Returning to Bowood after serving as Viceroy of India from 1888-94, the 5th Marquess considerably expanded the rhododendron garden. The present Lord Lansdowne in turn took his cue from these corner markings.

    Originally due to re-open to the public for its annual six-week run on Friday 28th April, the Woodland Garden will now open a fortnight earlier on Thursday 13th April 2017 instead – an unexpected treat for the Easter weekend.

    Each year the public is encouraged not to miss out on discovering Bowood’s magnificent display of rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas that burst forth in colour for just six weeks and usually from late April. There are three distinct stages: the early flowering, the bluebell flush and then the appearance of the azaleas. With the season being a short one, and now beginning sooner than expected, an Easter visit should be seized upon! For more information please call 01249 812102. Read more ……

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