Chelsea Flower Show Tour 2015
May 19th - 28th, 2015


May 26th Three Unique Garden Visits today!

Rodmarton Manor Gardens – A Guided tour of a Garden of Many Characters
The 8 acre Cotswold garden in glorious Gloucestershire was designed originally as a series of outdoor rooms and is still the same today. There is a wide selection of planting that has been done over the years with superb vistas and views throughout and plenty of places to sit and admire the view. Each part of this Gloucestershire garden has a different character ranging from the alpines in troughs, bigger plants in the rockery, lawns, a large kitchen garden, white borders, to the magnificent herbaceous borders which are constantly being replanted and improved. There is much in the way of hedging and some humorous new topiary in different parts of the garden. Tim Richardson (English Gardens in the Twentieth Century-Aurum Press 2005)” Rodmarton is possessed of an intense and sequestered atmosphere that is all its own, and even now retains a strong sense of its original integrity.” 

Painswick Rococo Garden – A Garden Purely for Pleasure and Light Lunch Included
Unique 18th century 6 acre Pleasure Garden set in a hidden Cotswold valley. Situated outside the beautiful Cotswold town of Painswick. The Rococo Garden is a fascinating step back to a flamboyant and sensual period of English Garden Design, when gardens were almost theatrical sets used as a backdrop to decadent garden parties. One thing they were not were great flower gardens, any plantings included being just light decoration around the central mini landscape theme. This gem of a garden, which was originally laid out in the early 18th century, is set in a hidden Cotswold valley with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. It is the sole, complete survivor from the brief Rococo period of English garden design (1720-1760). The Rococo period reflects the dramatic change when the formal renaissance gardens became the informal English landscape gardens. We will be given an introductory talk before wandering this garden on our own. Café and shop. 

Bourton House Garden – A Guided Tour of Pure Delight!

The garden features luxuriant terraces and wide herbaceous borders with stunning plant, texture and colour combinations. Imaginative topiary includes a knot garden, parterre and topiary walk and there are several spring-fed water features including a raised basket pond from the Great Exhibition of 1851. You will also find a unique Shade House, a serene White Garden and many creatively planted pots. A raised 18th century walk provides an enticing link to the Cotswold landscape beyond. An abundance of unusual, rare and exotic plants make this garden a delight for the dedicated plantsman. Full of interest and surprise. An award-winning three acre garden surrounding a fine 18th century Manor House. Gift shop. and 


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