Garden Visits

We are a small group of member volunteers, who bring together a wealth of landscape- related experience to shape and inform our visits calendar. These skills range from Kew-trained gardeners, horticulturalists, historians and planners to enthusiastic gardeners, all with a passion for preserving and sharing Gloucestershire’s gardens and landscapes.

Our visits range from large and small private gardens to wider landscapes and historic parks. They are led by volunteers, owners and experts who will share the stories and ideas behind these spaces. Most of our visits are based around the county of Gloucestershire, but we sometimes take advantage of others in adjacent counties.

Garden visiting is thirsty work and so we often have tea and cake, or even a glass of wine included in the visit!

Come and join us, often for a peek behind garden walls you would never normally get to see.

06
Apr
2022

Westonbirt School

Wed 6 Apr 2022 14:00
Westonbirt School
£15.00

Margie may well be known to some of you.  She was a hands on gardener for many years, having done a Horticulture degree at Writtle and working with Rosemary Verey during her sandwich placement year and for some years afterwards.  She also worked for Mary Keen, a Patron of GGLT and as a gardener at Highgrove.  She looked after the small band of volunteer gardeners at Westonbirt for just over a year in 2013-14 but had to, regretfully give this up, as her job as Conservation Officer for the Gardens Trust became too demanding.  However, it left her with a great interest and affection for the wonderful gardens at Westonbirt.

Margie is delighted to be able to take you round and share her knowledge and enthusiasm.  You will see for yourself the amazing restoration work undertaken over the past couple of years and this visit has been timed specially to coincide with the amazing carpet of Anemone Appenina in the gardens and will be followed by tea and cake.

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27
Apr
2022

Wortley House

Wed 27 Apr 2022 11:00
£8.00

GGLT members so enjoyed their visit to the gardens at Wortley House in June 2018, that we are visiting again, this time in the morning and in Tulip Season. 

This large garden has been created over thirty years or more by GGLT member Jessica Dickinson and her husband Simon.  With diverse features ranging from an Italian garden to wildflower meadows, follies, urns and statues are strategically placed to enhance the extraordinary vistas up the steep valley.  Both the surrounding countryside and the garden will be glorious in spring time. 

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14
May
2022

GGLT AGM at Chavenage House

Sat 14 May 2022
Free to Members

Free to members. Optional extra- tea and cakes and a house tour.  £7 tea  +  £9  house = £16pp

This year we are very happy to be holding this at Chavenage House We meet to ‘conduct the business to be transacted’ – the actual Trust AGM at about 2.15pm. This will be followed by tea and cakes and for those with the curiosity - a conducted tour round the House. The Elizabethan Manor House set in the Cotswolds has been used for a number of well- known films - Poldark, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Lark Rise to Candleford to name but a few. The story of the house dates back before the 12th century and has a chequered history passing from monastic ownership, dissolution of the monasteries, to the Stevens family who were responsible for considerable development of the property. The house survived The Civil War and eventually in the 19th century was owned by the Lowlsey- Williams family, who own the property today. Lots to see/ lots to learn!

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24
May
2022

Stouts Hill

Tue 24 May 2022
£12.00
A GENTLEMAN CLOTHIER’s HOUSE AND ESTATE

A visit to the small C18th estate at Stouts Hill, Uley.  There will be a rare opportunity to see the Rococo interiors of the “Strawberry Hill Gothick” house as well as to explore the surrounding parkland which is set in a dramatic natural amphitheatre formed by the Cotswold escarpment.  Thoss Shearer, coordinator of the joint GGLT/Stroudwater Textile Trust Gentlemen Clothiers project, will present the findings of his research into the property (which included a number of follies set in the wider landscape), and set Stouts Hill in the wider context of what other local clothiers were doing at that period.  The new owner of the house will explain his restoration plans.  The afternoon will also include visits (in easy walking distance) to Daunceys Mill, now a private house but historically the mill associated with Stouts Hill, and on another property in part of what was originally Stouts Hill’s walled garden.

Tea and cake will be available at the end of the visits.

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09
Jun
2022

Kingham Hill House

Thu 9 Jun 2022 10:15
£12.00

The garden at Kingham Hill House, which looks south over the gentle contours of the Evenlode valley, was designed by Rosemary Verey in the early 1990s and added to latterly by Rupert Golby.  This is a garden of avenues and vistas; fastigiate oaks form an allée through the garden from the main drive, pleached limes lead the eye across the croquet lawn. The water garden fills the original walled garden where a cascade, framed by a double avenue of Acers, falls away towards an informal reed-fringed lake with a view of the church at Churchill on the horizon. An enclosed lavender garden surrounding a sundial, is approached by tunnels of Wisteria floribunda ‘Snow Showers’.  The four lavender–edged beds are planted with standard Wisteria, Prunus lusitanica, peonies, Iris ‘Jane Phillips’ and Agapanthus. The kitchen garden, completed in December 2005, provides all vegetables, cut flowers and fruit for the house.

The visit includes a coffee and cookies

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29
Jun
2022

Pittville Park

Wed 29 Jun 2022 18:00
Pittville Park
£6.00

An evening tree walk led by Chris Chavasse, Senior Trees Officer with Cheltenham Borough Council.

Pittville Park is to the north of the town and straddles Evesham Road. The park borders Tommy Taylor's Lane to the west and Pittville Lawn to the east, and the narrow southern section of the park stretches as far south as Wellington Road.  It is owned by Cheltenham Borough Council. The pleasure grounds that opened in the 1820s, crowned by the magnificent Pump Room, were the forerunner of today’s Pittville Park.  It is the largest public space in the Borough of Cheltenham and is a Grade II listed Registered Historic Park and Garden.

It is the only park in Gloucestershire to hold the prestigious Green Heritage award in addition to the Green Flag award. The 2022 edition of the Wider View carries a news item about the 5 new sequoia that Chris Archibald has planted next to the existing large sequoia in the west side of Pittville Park and an article on the nearby Cedar of Lebanon

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26
Apr
2023

Playnes of Longford. A Gentlemans Clothiers Walk near Box, Stroud

Wed 26 Apr 2023 10:00
£7.00
Playnes of Longford. A Gentlemans Clothiers Walk near Box, Stroud

This guided walk will focus on Longfords Mill (near Minchinhampton and Nailsworth), the two Gentlemen Clothier brothers who catapulted it into the 19th Century, and the contrasting houses and landscapes they built and developed. We will see the exterior of Longfords Mill, part of its 21 acre millpond and Longfords House, and then visit Box House’s garden and trace the trail leading from it to the early C19th landscape features which until recent research lay hidden within what is now Box Community Wood (where hopefully the bluebells will be out). 

24
May
2023

Croome Park Walled Garden

Wed 24 May 2023 14:00 -16:30
£17.00
Croome Park Walled Garden

Britain's largest Georgian walled garden has been meticulously restored by the Cronin family since 2000. Our visit will be guided by Chris Cronin, at a time when the garden is not open to the public.  We will see the fig and melon houses, and the vinery which have been brought back to life, and the new rose garden the family has created.  Since our visit was first planned, before the Covid pandemic, progress  has been made with the pineapple house and new tomato house, and the Mediterranean Garden, and new art and sculptures have been introduced.  

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14
Jun
2023

Cotswold Farm Garden

Wed 14 Jun 2023 17:30 -19:30
£16.00
Cotswold Farm Garden

Includes soft drinks and nibbles 

Cotswold Farm was originally a small stone-built farmhouse dating to the 1720s.  In 1900 the house was doubled in size and in 1926 the architect/craftsman Sidney Barnsley (1865-1926), with his assistant Norman Jewson (1884-1975), extended the house for the Birchall family, adding two wings in the Arts & Crafts style. Norman Jewson completed the work after Barnsley’s death and the 3-acre garden is Jewson’s most extensive garden work with the formal terracing and yew hedges a faint echo of his own house at Owlpen Manor. The summer pavilion, pillars and dovecot are all typical of Sidney Barnsley’s work. John Birchall, great-grandson of the original owners, and his wife Sarah moved to Cotswold Farm in 2020 and are carefully and sympathetically taking the house and garden under their wing.

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19
Aug
2023

Warmley Historic Gardens

Sat 19 Aug 2023 12:00 -16:30
£12.00
Warmley Historic Gardens

Includes refreshments

A walking tour of the remarkable and rare surviving Grade II designated mid 18th century garden of the industrialist William Champion. He built up what was then the largest brass mill in Europe at Warmley, creating a pleasure garden on part of his earlier works, encompassing a unique grotto with a series of grotesque ‘faces’, a giant Statue of Neptune, once in the middle of a 30 acre lake, a rare surviving ‘snail’ viewing mound and the ‘Echo Pond’.

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30
Aug
2023

East Court in Charlton Kings

Wed 30 Aug 2023 10:00 -12:30
£8.50

Please note, there are no refreshments on this visit.

This garden is one of Cheltenham's hidden gems; tucked away behind a long brick wall and tall wooden gates in Charlton Kings, its extent and the exuberance of its planting are well concealed. 

We are fortunate to be invited to share the excitement surrounding this vibrant garden with its head gardener, Lucienne Corcos.

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06
Sep
2023

Charlton Down Farm

Wed 6 Sep 2023 17:00 -19:30
£18.50
image of lavender and bees

Includes Drinks and canapes

An artist and knowledgeable plants-woman Sarah has been designing and creating the gardens at Charlton Farm for twelve years, turning fields in sensitively planted areas, each with a different feel. Her design ethos is to combine formality and informality whilst allowing the planting to sit within and work with nature. The garden areas spread over three acres include: herbaceous borders; box parterre; cutting gardens; a gravel garden; woodlands and a shrub garden. Beyond this, in 2016, she planted a diverse selection of trees adding further interest to the flat farmland.

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06
Mar
2024

Kapunda Plants

Wed 6 Mar 2024 11:00
£16.00
Kapunda Plants

We start our year with a lovely Spring plant – the Lenten Hellebore.  Kapunda is a natural 2-acre garden with many interesting features, including a Spring display of hellebores, herbaceous beds, potager, fountain and terrace.  You may have seen it on BBC Gardener’s World or read about it in Country Life Article (January 2019).

We will have refreshments on arrival, a short talk and a walk round the garden for about an hour and a half with Juliet Davis.  There is also a chance to view the propagating greenhouse.  

Please note strictly no dogs.

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25
Apr
2024

A full day visit on Thursday 25th April 2024 to Compton Verney Art Gallery & Grounds

Thu 25 Apr 2024 10:00
From £42.00
Compton Verney by the lake. Credit - Jane Rowe

We shall have a guided tour of the exhibition in the morning led by the Senior Curator, Oli McCall.  After lunch (see below), the Landscape Manager, Fiona Tansey, will lead a guided Tour of the Grounds

There will be free time to explore the permanent collections and buildings – the Chapel is well worth a visit. 

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Price
Visit only

Visit without lunch

£42.00
Visit with lunch

Includes lunch

£52.00
Compton Verney Member

If you have a Compton Verney membership card - without lunch

£26.70
Compton Verney Member with lunch

If you have a Compton Verney membership card -Includes lunch

£36.70
Art Pass-holder

Art Pass card holder - without lunch

£36.60
Art Pass-holder with lunch

Art Pass card holder - Includes lunch

£46.60

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15
May
2024

Througham Court

Wed 15 May 2024 14:00
£38.00
Througham Court

by kind permission of Christine Facer Hoffman

Christines writes “the garden is an amalgam of a 1930’s Arts &Crafts garden designed by Norman Jewson and contemporary science inspired areas that I have designed over the past 15 years. There is extensive topiary and flower beds with unusual species.

In mid-May we have a beautiful handkerchief tree in flower, alliums and the ‘River of Camassias’ which is stunning when in flower.”

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17
May
2024

Visit to Belcombe Court, Bradford-on-Avon

Fri 17 May 2024 14:00
£20.00
Belcombe Court, Bradford-on-Avon

Belcombe Court is a stunning Grade 1 listed Georgian house on the outskirts of Bradford on Avon.  It was originally built by John Wood the Elder, architect of many of Bath’s most famous and beautiful buildings.  It is now used as an events venue for weddings and even IF Opera.

Our afternoon visit will include tea and cake. Tickets - £20.00

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14
Jun
2024

Winstone Glebe

Fri 14 Jun 2024 13:00
£8.00
Winstone Glebe

Perched on a rise above a meadow and close to the village church of St. Bartholomew, Winstone Glebe cannot be described as ‘tucked away’, yet it does stand remote from the rest of the village, along a narrow lane leading to a farm and the tiny church. The garden surrounds the house, a ha-ha at the front allowing it to blend with the Cotswold landscape beyond.

Light refreshments will be available at the end of the visit

05
Jul
2024

Highnam Court & AGM

Fri 5 Jul 2024 13:45
£10.00

Our AGM this year will be held at Highnam Court, by kind invitation of long standing GGLT member Roger Head.

After the short AGM, Roger will introduce us to the history and his restoration of the Grade II* gardens and landscape. Surrounding the Commonwealth-era house (not open), much of the garden was created by members of the Gambier-Parry family between 1838 – 1966.

Proceeds from this visit will support The Pied Piper Appeal and GGLT

Attendance at the AGM only is free to GGLT members. However, please register your interest

07
Aug
2024

A Guided Tour of the Trees of Montpellier Gardens in Cheltenham

Wed 7 Aug 2024 17:00
£8 per person
A Guided Tour of the Trees of Montpellier Gardens in Cheltenham

Montpellier Gardens were created as a pleasure garden to enhance the Regency development of Cheltenham as a spa town. With its long avenues of lime, cherry, and chestnut trees as well as playing host to many native and exotic tree species in “the arboretum” located in the northern corner of the park.