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We have put together this great little guide to the gardens of the Cotswolds for you so that you can plan your visit at any time of the year.

Visits to gardens are often associated with summertime, but here in the Cotswolds, gardens bloom and burst with colour throughout the year.

There is something for every season here – winter is often overlooked when it comes to gardens, but we have some of the best snowdrops in the country as well as the best autumn colour displays too.

Use this guide (and the handy map inside) to take you through the seasons of our Cotswold gardens so that you can create your own Cotswold Garden Route. Stay for a little longer and visit some fascinating places, from hidden gems to the better known gardens such as Highgrove or Hidcote.

Rousham is a beautiful 18th century garden which sparked off the age of the landscaped garden.

The Cotswold year begins with the first flush of snowdrops – make sure you take a look at our spring guide to see the best snowdrop locations. As the days begin to warm and daffodils make a welcome appearance, gardens all over the Cotswolds start bursting into life.

Historic woodland such as Woodchester Park, and the Gloucestershire Wildlife Nature Reserve offer lovely walks for bluebell spotting while the arboreta at Batsford and Westonbirt become awash with blossom.

The Lawnmower

was invented in Stroud by Edwin Budding. It came from the cross-cutting machines that were used to finish woollen cloth.

In late spring and summer, the herbaceous borders at Newark Park, Hidcote, Snowshill Manor, Sezincote Gardens and Bourton House Garden will delight. Kiftsgate Court and Sudeley Castle’s Queens’ Garden – named after the four English Queens that walked within –

become beautifully fragrant with roses.

As summer turns to autumn and the trees take on a golden hue, dramatic colours can be seen throughout the ancient beech woodlands of the Cotswolds. Be sure not to miss the spectacular leaf displays at Batsford and Westonbirt.

2016 is the Year of the English Garden and there are plenty of celebrations taking place to mark the 300th anniversary of ‘Capability’ Brown. With many other gardens to explore in the towns and surrounding area, make sure you come to the Cotswolds to celebrate the English Gardens.

Use our website to find a wide variety of accommodation for your garden break.

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