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PAINSWICK ROCOCO GARDEN

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Painswick
Stroud
Gloucestershire
GL6 6TH

Outside Painswick on B4073.

11 acres

Tel
01452 813204

Visit website

Opening Hours

Please see website for opening dates and times.

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies Mar–Nov.

Facilities

  • Accessible facilities
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children’s play area
  • Children's activities
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Herbaceous border
  • Pond or lake
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Winter garden
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Dominic Hamilton

Painswick Rococo Garden is a beautiful place to escape, explore and imagine. It was designed in the 1740s as an English country gentleman's pleasure garden, a place for holding intimate garden parties. Laid out in a hidden valley around Painswick House, the Garden is now the country's only complete surviving rococo garden.

Since 1984, the garden has been rescued from ruin and transformed into a beautiful place to escape the busy world. Ripe for riotous pleasure and romance, this is still a fanciful place and is dotted with perfect spots for socialising or snuggling. Visitors can drink in the vista from the Eagle House, sit in the Doric seat, climb the narrow steps to the octagonal Pigeon House and have photos taken in the Gothic Alcove. There are beautifully-framed views throughout the year, the chance to battle to find the centre of the unusual maze – and of course delicious home-made food in the cosy cafe afterwards. The garden is famous for its snowdrops in winter.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Asters
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Bluebells
  • Clematis
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Cut flowers
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Delphiniums
  • Ferns
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Herbs
  • Irises
  • Laburnum
  • Lavender
  • Lilies
  • Meconopsis
  • Orchids
  • Primulas
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Sweet peas
  • Vegetables
  • Waterlilies
  • Wildflowers

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.