About Bourton House Garden
An award-winning garden in the Cotswolds
Bourton House Garden opened to the public for the first time in 1987 in aid of the National Garden Scheme. Twenty years later, the garden received the prestigious HHA/Christie’s ‘Garden of the Year’ Award, a tribute to the inspiration (and perspiration!) of everyone involved in its creation over the years.
In 1983, the new owners of Bourton House, Mr & Mrs R Paice began the task of turning a neglected wilderness into the perfect garden setting for the courtyard of ancient Cotswold stone buildings. Over the years, the garden evolved, new projects were planned and new challenges faced. They were fortunate to have the help of a excellent gardening team, originally headed by Paul Williams and followed in 1999 by Paul Nicholls, the current long-serving Head Gardener of Bourton House Garden.
Imaginative topiary was introduced to Bourton House Garden including a knot garden, parterre and topiary walk; natural springs used to create water features; an unusual shade house constructed and ever wider herbaceous borders created to accommodate more exotica. Today, Bourton House Garden continues to evolve, constantly surprising visitors with its inspirational planting, stunning colour combinations and rare, unusual and exotic plants.
In 2010, Bourton House Garden came under new ownership but remains open for the enjoyment of garden visitors, many of whom return year after year!
Bourton House Garden won silver in the Cotswolds Tourism Awards 2013 'Small Visitor Attraction of the Year'.
Time for Tea! - at Bourton House Garden
At Bourton House Garden, tea, coffee, light refreshments and delicious home-made cakes are served in the Grade I listed 16th century Tithe Barn. On fine days, tea can be taken in the garden.
All cakes are home-made and served by Carolyn Coleman, Country House Cooking.
Satisfied customers say...
- 'Cake? - there aren't enough superlatives!' (Lorna and Dave Tweedale, June 2015)
- 'The cakes are yummy' (J & D Nash, Warwick, September 2015)
Bourton House Garden opening times and admission charges