It’s National Gardening Week and the Cotswolds are full of spectacular gardens to enjoy.
From private householders who open their gardens to the public for charity, to rambling country estates, to small country cottage gardens, there’s something for everyone.
There are several award winning towns and villages in the area too.
Tetbury was selected for the 2011 RHS Britain in Bloom UK finals, winning a Silver Gilt award. On the edge of the Cotswolds is Cricklade which won the small town category in the RHS National finals in 2008 with a Gold Award. Just on the South Western edge of the Cotsolwds is Corsham which also won Gold at South West in Bloom.
If you want breath-taking gardens to visit, the Cotswolds won’t leave you disappointed.
Westonbirt Arboretum, managed by the Forestry Commission, has one of the most incredible tree collections in the world. Boasting over 15,000 labelled trees, and covering 17 miles, the garden was first planted in the 1850s.
Westonbirt is world famous for its autumn colour and enchanted Christmas illuminated trail.
Bourton House is one of the finest attractions in the Cotswolds with an award-winning three acre garden surrounding an 18th century Manor House.
Here you’ll discover a topiary walk, a knot garden and several spring fed water features. The topiary takes their gardeners several weeks to keep in shape each year. Here’s gardener Gareth giving the first haircut of the season!
If romance is your thing, then Mill Dene is for you! It describes itself as “a romantic story of a young couple falling in love with each other and a beautiful Cotswold stone water mill.”
Knowing nothing about gardening, the couple ended up creating one of the most interesting gardens in the Cotswolds. This garden includes a stream, bog garden and misty grotto! You can relax by the mill pond and enjoy watching ducks, trout and kingfisher and when you feel like moving again you’ll find a fruit garden and medicinal herb garden to potter around.
And of course, don’t forget our very own garden here at Secret Cottage. Full of traditional English plants, it’s our little haven. You’ll find an abundance of wildflowers growing around our pretty thatched cottage.
If you’ve ever fancied having a traditional English cream tea in a traditional English garden, then book your tour today! On warm days, guests can enjoy eating in the garden and on cold days, we have an inglenook fireplace for you to sit beside.