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specimens. The hot border boasts daring dahlias and charismatic cannas, while the pastels on the opposite side present aristocratic asters and graceful grasses. Head Gardener, Jacky Rae, leads the small team in taking over 2000 cuttings a year to keep plant stocks high and healthy.


The borrowed landscape at the back of the Main Lawn is Cotswolds at its best and metal structures resembling windows along the raised walk offer a stunning ivy glad peep at the surrounding fields and shuffling sheep.


Visitors all seemed to be enjoying the peace and calm of this botanical creation including a dove, who was so mesmerised, he spent much time on the lawn admiring all around and adding even more peace to this beautiful scene.


The Shade House is a real stunner – historically created to keep prized shade loving plants out of the sun. The slatted creation in wood is aesthetically pleasing and of course works a treat at keeping its ferns and other sun-avoiding varieties happy. I really loved the cyclamen dotted around the edge of the structure – such a pretty punch of pink at this time of year.


It’s not just the main garden though; in 2013 a seven-acre walk was opened in an opposite field. This displays a large collection of trees well worth a visit. The horse chestnut is happy to see October – the month when everyone wants to fraternise with its fruit and ornamental pears bow their heads in respect to plant hunter Ernest


Wilson who introduced them to this county in 1908 and to whom there is a memorial garden in nearby Chipping Campden.


The Cercidiphyllum is a blaze of autumn colour with the sweetest scent of burnt sugar and busy trying to out shine its neighbouring acers!


This really is a well thought out collection and perfect addition to the Bourton House experience. As the frost begins to tease us with its intentions, the team will be busy lifting the hundreds of tender perennials to their winter lodgings. Tulips will also be planted shortly en masse in preparation for next year’s springtime opening. However you don’t have to wait until next year to visit as this garden is open until the end of this month, Tues-Friday, 10am-5pm. Put Bourton-on-the-Hill on your list!


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