Explore the Beautiful Gardens of Wiltshire – big and small – famous and relatively undiscovered
Wiltshire has plenty of Beautiful Gardens on offer,whatever your taste.
The gardens at Bowood House winner of the 2014 Garden of the Year Award. The prize is sponsored by the Historic Houses Association and Christie’s and in it’s 30th year. It asks visitors to vote for their favourite garden and recognises the combination of horticultural brilliance with broad appeal. Open from 1st April until 2nd November. Don’t forget the house is open too.
Stourhead Gardens, created by Henry Hoare 11 during the mid 1700’s, are simply breathtaking. Approx a 2 mile level walk around the landscaped lake, take in the Temple of Apollo, grottos and the Palladian Bridge en-route. Opening times, prices etc. Don’t forget to visit the house too.
The Peto Garden at Iford Manor. In 1899, Harold Peto discovered Iford and the 2.5 acre garden owes everything to his inspiration. Built on a steep hillside it is terraced and Italian in style. The Peto Garden won the Historic Houses Association/Christie’s 1998 Garden of the Year Award. Opening times are limited so please refer to their website. The house is not open to the public.
The Courts at Holt. This charming garden shows the English country style at its best. Water gardens and herbaceous borders, topiary, imaginative use of colour and planting and an arboretum with wonderful species of trees and spring bulbs. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/courts-garden/