Whether you’re a green-fingered guru or a complete nature novice, take a trip to one of Gloucestershire’s many green spaces and pick up some top tips, taking the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors across the county.
From perfectly-mowed lawns and flowers galore to wild walks and magical meadows, SoGlos has plucked 12 glorious Gloucestershire gardens for you to explore in this hot list.
Steeped in history and boasting royal connections, Sudeley Castle and Gardens in Winchcombe benefits from an abundance of flowers throughout the seasons. Most famous are the 70 different varieties of roses in the Queen’s Garden, so named because Queen Katherine Parr, who is buried at Sudeley, Queen Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey and Queen Elizabeth I have all walked there.
Batsford Arboretum spans 56 acres of stunning parkland offering one of the finest botanical collections in the country, with over 1,500 different species of trees, beautiful grounds, wildflower areas and a haven of wildlife waiting to be discovered.
Located in a stunning setting on the Miserden Estate near Stroud, this beautiful Cotswold garden welcomes visitors from early spring through to autumn, offering the chance to soak up the walled garden, herbaceous borders, roses, while the adjoining Miserden Nursery is perfect for stocking up on plants and flowers to give your garden a new lease of life.
Offering follies, statues, water features and creative planting, Painswick Rococo Garden is the perfect place to see seasonal flowers, with daffodils and fruit blossoms in spring; tulips and heritage roses in summer; while September and October are perfect for soaking up the splendour of the autumn colours.
The private residence of The Prince of Wales, The Royal Gardens at Highgrove offer an inspiring and beautiful setting for guests to pick up inspiration, with the pre-booked tours taking guests through an abundance of Britain’s most beautiful flora and fauna.
Said to be the only restored Dutch-style water garden in the country, visitors can expect to find a place of elegance and calm, with straight canals, clipped hedges, working 17th-century vegetable plots and old-fashioned orchards.
Dubbed ‘a calm oasis in a busy world’, Berkeley Castle’s gardens boast a natural wonderland, with rare plants, shrubs, trees, a lily pond, and a walled garden, with hundreds of butterflies flying freely in a tranquil indoor garden.
Offering a charming hillside garden, Owlpen Manor encompasses magnificent yew topiary, old roses and box parterres, with the chance for guests to take a circular walk around the early Georgian mill pond and lake, fed by seven springs.
Boasting the tallest gravity fountain in the world, as well as the tallest fountain in Britain, Stanway House and Gardens offers fine specimen trees, broad terraced lawns and herbaceous borders, as well as a beautiful water garden.
Hidcote Manor Garden is an internationally-renowned garden, comprised of several small and surprising gardens, with a host of unusual varieties of plants, miles of hedges and spectacular colours from Japanese acers.
One of the most spectacular tree gardens in the world, Westonbirt Arboretum boasts 15,000 labelled trees waiting to be discovered, with 17 miles of paths to explore, taking visitors through exotic plants, ancient woodland and species-rich grassland.
With woodland, wildlife, wonderful views and a landscape of rich history, visitors can enjoy nature in abundance at the rare, National Trust estate, with a number of trails available too for walks around the Cotswolds countryside.
By Alice Lloyd
Thursday 29 August 2019
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