Painswick Rococo Garden
Painswick Rococo Garden Nationally important garden, 10 miles from Cheltenham
The Longer Read If you want to tick a Rococo-period garden off your bucket list, you’d better get to Painswick Rococo Garden – it’s the only one in the country.
‘Rococo’ refers to the style between early Baroque and Neoclassical, a brief early 18th century time of reaction against Baroque rigidity. This spirit cheered up architecture, design, music and art in general. In the context of a garden? Think settings for elaborate garden parties, decorative follies and romantic assignations in quiet corners… actually it still acts as a venue for weddings.
The other great thing about Painswick Rococo is the setting. Nearby Painswick village is a lesser-known gem and the garden itself is folded into a beautiful Cotswolds valley. On arrival, the first view of the valley is through a single doorway which adds to the ‘wow’ rating.
Painswick Rococo has built its reputation on snowdrops, which sweep through woodland on one side of the valley every year in and around February, but it’s a year-round garden – good to visit in the summer for roses, and in the autumn when heritage fruit and vegetables come into their own.
In keeping with the original Rococo idea, this is a playful and romantic place. There are woodland walks and a mature maze to explore.
Plant sales and a (definitely cut above) cafe/tea room make it good for a two hour visit.