Brenda Watkinson continues her look at what’s blossoming in the gardening world.In Wiltshire, Bowood House & Gardens features the Robert Adam designed Bowood House, 2,000 acres of Grade 1 listed Capability Brown parkland, a Walled Garden and a spring Woodland Garden (two miles away on the Estate).
Special interest garden tours for 2018 include ‘The Private Walled Garden Tour’ and the ‘Capability Brown Parkland Tour’ as well as the ‘Woodland Gardens Tour’ (available April-June only). Groups of 15 or more have exclusive use of The Gardener’s Bothy for refreshments and/or specialist talks.
Also in the county, near Bath, Iford Manor: The Peto Garden was the home of architect and landscape gardener Harold Peto, from 1899–1933. It is a Grade I Italian-style hillside garden famous for its tranquil beauty characterised by steps, terraces, sculpture and magnificent rural views.
Gardening enthusiast groups can book garden tours to focus on garden maintenance and restoration, or on the history and development of the garden, notably by Harold Peto. Lectures on Harold Peto are also available, given by a leading academic on the subject.
Not to be missed is Stourhead featuring an outstanding Palladian mansion filled with glittering furnishings and some of the finest 18th-century landscaped gardens in the UK with a mix of formal and information features. There is also coach parking and a National Trust tea room and shop.
Groups basing themselves in Taunton will find a variety of gardens close at hand.
The beautiful Hestercombe Gardens covers some 50 acres and three centuries of garden design from a Georgian landscape garden designed by Coplestone Warre Bampfield to an Edwardian garden by the renowned Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. Group visits include a ‘meet and greet’ and tour guides can be booked.
At the Bishop’s Palace in Wells, groups can discover stunning hidden gardens – since January 2016 these have had RHS partner garden status – and see the historic wells which gave the city its name. On 24th and 25th February the gardens will hold its first snowdrop celebration.
- Belmont House and Gardens
- Borde Hill Garden
- Mount Ephraim Gardens
- Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
- Savill Garden
- Sussex Prairies Gardens
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