We are pleased to announce that Bourton House Garden has received 'Small Visitor Attraction of the Year' (silver award) in the Cotswolds Tourism Awards 2013. The owner of Bourton House Garden, said 'I am delighted that the hard work, enthusiasm and dedication of Bourton House Garden's whole team has been recognised in the awards. We aim to build on this success and continue to improve the quality of the gardens and our welcome to visitors. Last but not least, we wish all our visitors in 2013 a summer with many sunny days!'
NEW in 2013: A walk in the pasture opposite the garden, following a guide by our Head Gardener, to view the groups of specimen trees planted in 1994-1995. These include Cedidiphyllum japonicum, known as the 'Katsura Tree' with its sweet scent similar to burnt sugar, Pyrus calleryana 'Chanticleer' (Ornamental Pear), Betula papyrifera (Paper Birch) and Prunus 'Shirotae' (Japanese Cherry) amongst many others. Admission to the walk and the guide are included in admission to the garden.
Please visit our Press page to read a feature in Country Life on Bourton House Garden (26th September 2012).
2013 SeasonApril to end October
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (excluding Easter and Bank Holidays)
10am to 5pm
Admission £6 (under 16’s free)
Group VisitsApril to end October
Monday to Friday (excluding Easter and Bank Holidays)
ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Admission £6 per person (tour leader/coach driver free)
Please ring 01386 700754 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking
Weekend Open Days
Saturday 15th June - Richard Raby & Jackie Trott Art Exhibition
ALL ADMISSIONS ON Saturday 15th JUNE in aid of NGS
Saturday 22nd June - Richard Raby & Jackie Trott Art Exhibition
Saturday 29th June - Ann Blockley Watercolour Exhibition
Saturday 6th July - Ann Blockley Watercolour Exhibition
Sunday 8th September - garden open in aid of The Theatre, Chipping Norton
TeasOur tea room and gift shop in the Tithe Barn will be open every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 29th May to 20th September 2013. Groups can be accommodated on other days by special arrangement – please ask when you make your group booking.
Friends of Bourton House GardenJoin The Friends of Bourton House Garden and enjoy unlimited visits during the 2013 season for just £15.
Join on your first visit to the garden or contact email@example.com for further information
Disabled AccessBourton House Garden has limited disabled access (60% - 70%).
Award-wining Bourton House Garden is a plantsman’s delight and one of the finest gardens to visit in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Bourton House Garden opened to the public for the first time on a single Sunday 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, Mr & Mrs R Paice became the owners of Bourton House and 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 splendid gardening team, originally headed by Paul Williams followed in 1999 by Paul Nicholls, our current long-serving Head Gardener.
Imaginative topiary was introduced 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, the 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 has once again been the focus of the Japanese TV cameras! After featuring in a major Japanese TV series and as a location for the book 'Daydream' with top actress and model Yasuko Matsuyuki, Bourton House Garden opened its gates in late September 2012 to a film crew from NHK Japan. The crew arrived with young presenter and model 'Hanae' to film the garden in its autumn glory; to interview Head Gardener Paul Nicholls and pick up some tips on tools and techniques! The crew were amazed to find the garden looking so beautiful and so full of colour late in the season. They were particularly impressed with the massive hanging baskets on the front of the Tithe Barn and the many creatively planted pots and containers that are a feature of the garden in the late summer and autumn. Paul spent time with 'Hanae' demonstrating the art of planting a container, giving her plenty of ideas to take home to put into effect in her own small patio garden. The programme was broadcast on 8th October 2012 and will hopefully encourage more Japanese tourists to visit the Cotswolds in 2013.