Wiltshire gardens open in April

Spring is in full swing in our gardens open in Wiltshire throughout April. Click on the gardens below to find out more about their garden open days…

Corsham Court, Corsham

Park and gardens laid out by Capability Brown and Repton. Large lawns with fine specimens of ornamental trees surround the Elizabethan mansion. C18 bath house hidden in the grounds. Spring bulbs, beautiful lily pond with Indian bean trees, young arboretum and stunning collection of magnolias. Opens Sunday 7th April.

Brow Cottage, Melksham

Half acre contemporary cottage garden owned by a garden designer and created over the past 24 yrs. A garden of many harmonious parts inc lawns, well-stocked borders, topiary, potager, sunken pool garden, wildlife pond, short woodland walk, species bulb lawn and canopied dining area. Open with Seend House and connected by a field footpath offering fine views to Salisbury Plain. Opens Sunday 14th April with Seend House.

Seend House, Melksham

Seend House is a Georgian house with 6 acres of gardens and paddocks. Framed with yew and box. Highlights inc cloud and rose garden, stream lavender, view of knot garden from above, fountain with grass border, walled garden as well as formal borders. Amazing view across the valley to Salisbury Plain. There is a shuttle bus running between Seend House and Brow Cottage for the April opening on Sunday 14th April.

The Botanic Nursery, Melksham

The nursery garden is a haven where the wildlife that shares our site abounds. Many rare specimen evergreen and deciduous trees can be seen, underplanted with hardy perennials. A lush green oasis, shady in the heat of the summer and pleasant to wander around any time of the year. Year-round seasonal interest from winter flowering shrubs into the colour of summer and foliage of autumn. Opens Saturday 20th April.

Iford Manor Gardens, Bradford-on-Avon

Harold Peto’s former home, this 2½ acre terraced garden provides timeless inspiration. Influenced by his travels, particularly to Italy and Japan, Peto embellished the garden with a collection of classical statuary and architectural fragments. Steep steps link the terraces with pools, fountains, loggias, colonnades, urns and figures, with magnificent rural views across the Iford Valley. Enjoy refreshments in Iford’s award winning restaurant or in the adjacent café. Opens Saturday 20th April, pre-booking essential. Adm £9.50, opens 11am to 4pm.

Blackland House, Calne

A wonderfully varied 5 acre garden adjacent to River Marden (house not open). Formal walled productive and cutting garden, traditional glasshouses, rose garden and wide herbaceous borders. Interesting topiary, trained fruit trees, historic tulips and other unusual spring bulbs. Opens Wednesday 24th April. Pre-booking essential.

Oare House, nr Pewsey

1740s mansion house later extended by Clough Williams Ellis in 1920s (not open). The original formal gardens around the house have been developed over the years to create a wonderful garden full of many unusual plants. Current owner is very passionate and has developed a fine collection of rarities. Garden is undergoing a renaissance but still maintains split compartments each with its own individual charm; traditional walled garden with fine herbaceous borders, vegetable areas, trained fruit, roses and grand mixed borders surrounding formal lawns. Opens 28th April.

Wellaway, Marston

2 acre flower arranger’s garden comprising herbaceous borders, orchard, vegetable garden, ornamental and wildlife ponds, lawns and naturalised areas. Planted since 1979 for year-round interest. Shrubberies and rose garden, other areas underplanted with bulbs or ground cover. Springtime particularly colourful with daffodils, tulips and hellebores. Opens Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April.

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