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Green BulletBeech Tree The ‘Cotswold’ tree. Visit in Autumn and you’ll be bowled over by the intense copper colour at almost every turn. Shady in summer, beautiful year-round.

Green BulletChilli A bit of a wild card but Farmcote Herbs, a small market garden near Winchcombe is a real find, with Cotswoldgrown chillies from Padron Mild to Habanero Chocolate. Various herbs as well, all in a beautiful location.

Green BulletHawthorn One of the great free Cotswold displays with white blooms, like frozen fireworks at the side of the road. Known locally as ‘The May’ (indicating when you might expect to see them), you’ll see them everywhere, but some routes (e.g. between Andoversford and Stow-on-the-Wold) are cumulatively spectacular.

Green BulletHidcote Lavender Another garden centre favourite, Hidcote Lavender is a short growing variety with a light purple colour and scent. Easy to grow, it makes a great present to take home.

Green BulletKiftsgate Rose This rambling rose is loved worldwide, but is best seen ‘at home’ at Kiftsgate Court, where its white blooms climb over three entire trees to make a truly impressive sight in July.

Green BulletSnowdrop A sign of Spring. In February you’ll see white swathes of nodding snowdrops at the side of the road and in great gardens, some of which open specially. Enthusiasts head to Colesbourne Park for probably the best display in the country.

Green BulletWildflowers Head for locations such as Cleeve Common, Glyme Valley, Painswick Beacon, Stonesfield in West Oxfordshire, Bredon Hill or Selsley Common from May onwards to look for orchids, wild flowers and Cotswold rarities such as Pasque flower and Cotswold Penny Cress.

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COTswold gArdeNs

Make a beeline for Cotswold gardens

Unique attractions include Britain’s only Rococo Garden and the National Arboretum with dozens of other beautiful gardens to see or visit, from the grand historic to the humble NGS cottage garden.

HIDCOTE MANOR www.nationaltrust.org.uk
A maze of paths, discoveries and a sequence of garden ‘rooms’ are the hallmarks of this National Trust flagship garden.
Near Chipping Campden


KIFTSGATE COURT GARDEN www.kiftsgate.co.uk
The product of three generations of women gardeners, Kiftsgate is beautifully designed and planted.
Near Hidcote Manor


BOURTON HOUSE GARDEN www.bourtonhouse.com
Topiary, herbaceous borders, water features and a unique shade house.
Bourton-on-the-Hill


BATSFORD ARBORETUM www.batsarb.co.uk
One of two major arboreta in the Cotswolds (this is the one at the northern end). As you would expect, there’s plenty of autumn colour, but it’s popular all year round. Look out for the pocket handkerchief tree in the summer.
Near Moreton-in-Marsh


SUDELEY CASTLE www.sudeleycastle.co.uk
Roses, topiary and abundant history.
Winchcombe


MISARDEN PARK GARDEN www.misardenpark.co.uk
Misarden Park is open just a few days a week, but well worth planning a visit around. Confusingly the village is named ‘Miserden’.
Near Stroud


PAINSWICK ROCOCO GARDEN www.rococogarden.org.uk
Occupying a Cotswold valley, Painswick Rococo is pure theatre, in keeping with its sensual 18th century, er, roots.
Painswick


HIGHGROVE www.highgrovegardens.com
HRH The Prince of Wales’s garden at Highgrove, near Tetbury, has become ever more open to visitors in recent years, but you will still need to pre-book. Details online.


WESTONBIRT ARBORETUM www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt
Also near Tetbury. This is the National Arboretum with over 16,000 treesand miles of paths.


ABBEY HOUSE GARDENS www.abbeyhousegardens.co.uk
Serious garden planning and attention to detail have made this a popular garden in Malmesbury.

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