Cotswold Garden Events
The Cotswolds are a horticulturists' dream come true! And the wonderful sights and smells do not end with a tour around one or more of the magnificent historic house gardens, there is much, much more!
The Cotswold garden events calendar has got to be the best in the country with blossom trails, flagship events, as well as smaller and more specific garden events.
The UK's only AA signposted Spring Blossom Trail is located on the cusp of the Cotswolds between Broadway and Evesham. The Vale of Evesham and its surrounding area is some of the most productive horticultural land in the country, and is well known for its apples, pears and plums. For the few short weeks between mid March and mid May, the road sides are ablaze with colour - the soft pink tones of cherry and apple blossom contrast with the white of the pear and plum.
Blenheim Palace Flower Show is a must-do event on the annual horticulture calender, along with the many splendid events at Highgrove, Sudeley Castle, Hidecote Manor Garden, and of course the RHS Spring Gardenning Show at the Three Counties Showground is only a stones throw away.
The Cotswolds has over a hundred gardens which open as part of the National Garden Scheme from flagship gardens to private estate gardens and many more modest gardens whose gates only open on an NGS open day. A wonderful day can be had strolling from cottage to house, marvelling at the personal gardens, only to sit and enjoy the obligatory tea and cake!
If you fancy learning gardening tips then why not book into one of the many rural courses available around the area including hedge laying via www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk, or an advanced planting course at www.cotswoldgardeningschool.co.uk or join a guided walk exploring some of the seasonal ‘Wonders of Westonbirt’ with the local guides.
Many of the gardening attractions also have regular talks including Highgrove, Batsford and Hidcote or why not book into a lecture by Tony Russell, TV presenter and author of The Cotswolds Finest Gardens.
The Cotswold Garden route experience is further enhanced by roadside attractions and natures very own events, such as fields of summer poppies, wonderful garden centres, local nature reserves and of course spectacular rural views as you drive from one garden to another.