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SIGNS OF SPRING


Snowdrops in the Cotswolds are simply spectacular and with the long winters passing it is such a relief to see the first signs of life in those little white drops falling from the beautiful green leaves. The Cotswolds has some of the best snowdrop displays in the country and from as early as January these little flowers bring hope for the new-year.


Some of the best places to see these wonderful displays are: Cerney House Gardens, Colesbourne Park (open for weekends only in January and February), Newark Park, Painswick Rococo Garden, Rodmarton Manor and the National Trust Sherborne Estate.


Let’s not forget other beautiful spring flowers – the magnolias look simply stunning usually from March onwards and our two Cotswold arboreta at Batsford and Westonbirt show fantastic displays. There are also lovely spring flower banks and a gorgeous bluebell wood at Kiftsgate. Many Cotswold woodlands have carpets of bluebells to seek out.


There are over 70 miles of lavender plants at the Snowshill


Lavender Farm.


AUTUMN COLOUR


The Cotswolds comes alive once again during the season of autumn colours. Our two arboreta at Batsford and Westonbirt have a display of reds, oranges and yellows which are rivalled by no other.


SUMMER SPECTACULAR


The Old Rectory, Quenington, marks 70 years in 2016 of opening for the National Gardens Scheme.


Summer in the Cotswolds is simply stunning and the displays of summer colours are quite spectacular. All of our gardens have something lovely to offer in the summer months but there are some which really shine through. Here are some great ideas for a summer garden visit.


Hidcote was created by the talented American horticulturalist Major Lawrence Johnston. Its colourful and intricately designed outdoor rooms are always full of surprises. Snowshill Manor also has a lovely series of garden rooms – we love the fact that the Cotswolds takes its gardens as seriously as the home.


Sudeley Castle has one of the most spectacular displays of summer roses you will ever see. Berkeley Castle too specialises in scent and the roses are a particular delight in June.


The organic Royal gardens at Highgrove have been over 30 years in the making and are some of the most creatively inspiring and innovative gardens in the UK. The display of delphiniums is a must see during the summer months but must be booked in advance.


Bourton House Garden is an award-winning three acre garden with luxuriant terraces and wide herbaceous borders with stunning plant, texture and colour combinations.


Snowshill Lavender is one to visit in June and July when the lavender flowers are in bloom. With over 70 miles and 35 different varieties of lavender, it’s worth a visit to see the spectacularly colourful fields reminiscent of the Dutch bulb fields – well almost!


At Stanway


House & Garden watch the highest gravity fountain in the world rise 300 feet.


Batsford is home to the country’s largest private collection of trees and shrubs. Wander through the unique collection which is inspired by plantsmen of old. Westonbirt’s autumn happens with a bang with one of the best natural fireworks displays in Britain! Their famous Japanese maples in particular are ablaze in reds, oranges and yellows.


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