The beautiful Kiftsgate Court Gardens are set spectacularly on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment and are the result of work by three generations of women gardeners.
Heather Muir created the garden at Kiftsgate, which up until 1920 had consisted of a paved formal garden in front of the portico, with a field and wooded banks beyond. Heather was helped and inspired by her lifelong friend Lawrence Johnston of Hidcote Manor.
From the mid-fifties Diany Binny continued to add to the garden by creating the semi-circular pool in the lower garden. She also commissioned two sculptures and began to open thegarden on a regular basis.
One of Anne Chambers’ finest accomplishments was the addition of the new water garden that was once the tennis court. She has continued the family tradition of seeking out new and interesting plants to complement the colour schemes, which were established when the garden was originally laid out.
We will have an introduction from Johnny Chambers before wandering the gardens. There won’t be a guided tour but guide books (£5) and maps are available. The garden is set on two different levels and some parts are steep.
Pre-booked lunches at an additional price will be available in the Tea Room by the Cotswold Catering Company. Information will be sent out in advance of our visit.