Best Gardens in Oxfordshire to Visit for Garden Month 2019
This April is Garden Month. A month dedicated to getting out there and getting that green thumb dirty.
Oxfordshire is home to some of the finest gardens in the country and to celebrate we thought we’d share some of them with you. So, this Garden Month, why not pay a visit to the best gardens in Oxfordshire for a little inspiration?
Despite being a National Trust property, Lord Farringdon and his family continue to manage Buscot Park. This adds a more personal touch to the 18th century home and its gardens. Something that makes a visit to Buscot extra special.
The grounds at Buscot combine an eccentric mix of styles. Traditional Italianate water gardens give way to traditional walled gardens mixed with woodland avenues acting as an outside sculpture gallery. Combined with seasonal flowers, Buscot offers a unique experience no matter what the time of year.
The University of Oxford Botanic Garden in central Oxford contains a world-class collection of fauna. It is a fountain of learning and inspiration alike.
The Botanic Garden contains nearly 6,000 different varieties of plants. You’re bound to see something you’ve never seen before! Be sure to pay a visit to one of the many glasshouses, which contain a range of cacti, carnivorous plants, water lilies and other extra rare and exotic plants!
The privately owned gardens at Rousham have remained unchanged since the 18th century. Designed by famed architect William Kent, they are the finest surviving example of an Augustan landscape garden. Unspoilt by modern commercialism, Rousham has no tea room or shop, but picnics are welcome! So be sure to bring a comfortable blanket and your favourite sandwiches when you visit.
Rousham offers sweeping lawns, Roman sculptures and structures, and a traditional walled garden. It even has its very own ruin (even though it’s only ornamental.) Rousham House and Gardens is one of Britain’s best-kept secrets and offers one of the most tranquil garden experiences out there.
The site of Waterperry Gardens was once home to Beatrix Havergal’s School of Horticulture for Ladies. These days it is home to eight acres of beautiful ornamental gardens. The site also features a garden centre with an art gallery, a gift shop, a rural life museum, and a tea room. The last twenty years have seen the garden shift and transform as the team complete new gardening projects, creating an ever-changing and diverse mixture of styles.
Waterperry Gardens recently became part of the Silent Space project. A movement that creates quiet places where people can escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The Formal Garden created by Bernard Saunders and Mary Spiller is now a permanent addition to the project and an ideal place to escape to.
It’s impossible to talk about gardens in Oxfordshire without mentioning Blenheim Palace. This ancestral home of Winston Churchill is surrounded by acres of beautiful gardens. From traditional formal gardens to lush parkland, Blenheim is an essential visit.
The formal gardens have been developed over the centuries by famed garden designers including Capability Brown protégé Henry Wise. These grounds include scenic water terraces, a private Italian garden and the recently created Churchill Memorial Garden. The Pleasure Gardens offer a more modern approach, featuring a miniature train, a yew-tree maze and a butterfly farm among rolling parkland.
Once you’re done exploring these fantastic gardens, be sure you have somewhere just as beautiful to rest your head. Situated in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside near Witney, Hardwick Parks offers self-catering touring and holiday home accommodation. To learn more about Hardwick Parks, or to book your next break, click here.
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