Blockley Gardens, Gloucestershire; at one with nature

This popular historic hillside village in Gloucestershire has been opening its gardens for the National Garden Scheme since the 1920s. There are treats galore with a variety of high quality, well-stocked gardens – large and small, old and new. Blockley Brook, an attractive stream which flows right through the village, provides life and colour to many of the gardens including former water mills. Enjoy this brief virtual visit – you’ll be sure to want to visit in person:

A closer look


Snugborough Mill and its garden were renovated in 2010 by current owners Rupert and Mandy Williams. The once jungle of a garden and silted lakes have been transformed with glorious planting bringing the owners passions together to create a stunning tranquility.

Moving to The Manor House made owner Zoe Thompson start to think about how to create a garden. With her love of pink, blue and white, the result is a peaceful garden that you are sure to love as much as its owner.

Mill Garden House was overgrown and wild but is now transformed, marrying the wild forms and foliage with the formal to create a garden that provides a new surprise everyday. Elm House is full of insects and birds with swathes of grasses to add texture and movement to garden owners Chris and Val Scragg’s sanctuary. Paul and Maggie Adams have been gardening at Woodruff for forty years. “The garden draws me out every morning,” says Maggie. “And I simply delight in what nature has created.”


Returning to the garden at Pear Trees provides owner Jo Murphy a wonderful sense of relaxation. “I marvel at the colours and the plants, it makes me feel great to be alive.”

At Mill Dene Gardens there are flowers everywhere. This year’s blooms have been glorious and abundant in this beautiful garden. And at Church Gates, owner Brenda Salmon has inherited her grandfather’s green fingers to create a wonderful space in which she feels part of nature. “The world’s always all right in a garden,” she says.


The Allotments and Colebrook House (pictured above) also open as part of the group but were not included in the film – so there is even more to see when they open again.

For more information about Blockley Gardens click here

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