2022 Head Gardener Tours

90 minutes including picnic lunch at £36 per person

Visitors will learn which flowers thrive in the beating sun and the cool shady spots as you pass each border from north to south. You will be amazed by the inspiring use of wall space and vertical gardening in Lord and Lady Lansdowne’s Private Walled Garden. The long border still holds an Osmanthus burkwoodii, planted by Sir Harold Hillier over forty years ago. It must now be a Champion; it is over eighteen feet high. There will also be time to ask questions to our Head Gardener.

This tour is aimed more towards keen gardeners looking to expand their knowledge and gain some insights into how we at Bowood deal with the many challenges our dedicated team of gardener’s face.

Head Gardener Tours
Our Head Gardener David Glass will meet you at the House & Gardens admissions for 10:45am. Followed by a 90-minute guided tour of the Private Walled Garden, with detailed information on the history of the garden and what it takes to take care of the gardens and grounds at Bowood throughout the year.
Following the tour, you are welcome to wander the gardens, grounds, and Bowood House at your leisure.

£36.00 per person to include a picnic lunch. 

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Tour Dates

There are currently 4 dates available throughout the season, each with a different focus to the tour:

  • Thursday 28th April 2022    FULLY BOOKED
  • Friday 27th May 2022            FULLY BOOKED
  • Thursday 23rd June 2022     FULLY BOOKED
  • Thursday 21st July 2022

What you can expect to see on each tour:

The April tour, will be tulips, possible Wisteria in flower and some late spring blossom.

The May and June tour, the wall climbing roses to be out and one of the most striking sights of all is the arched arbors covered with trailing Wisteria flowers over the pathways.

And for the final two tours the roses will be in full bloom and everything will be out in our mixed borders.

On all tours you will see our large selection of wall climbing plants throughout the Wall Garden and House, along with our spectacular mixed boarders.

Please note: The tour requires around 90 minutes of walking, with limited seating. The paths around the House and Grounds are gravel therefore wheelchairs and pushchairs may find it difficult. We have a ramp leading onto the top terrace, however there are steps leading to the lower terrace.

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