Coton Manor – This peaceful ten acre garden occupies a hillside position extending down from the 17th century manor house, constructed of mellow Northamptonshire stone.  Landscaped on different levels, it comprises a series of distinctive smaller gardens, providing variety and interest throughout the season, and enhanced by flowing streams, fountains and ponds.  Beyond the confines of the garden, there is a magical five acre bluebell wood and a colourful wildflower meadow at its best in June & July. For further information visit:  Coton Manor 

N.B. A History of Coton Manor and its Garden by Ann Benson pub. 2015.  Available from Coton Manor, Amazon  or directly, with dedications, from the author’s website,

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The Historic Gardener provides talks and displays on gardening from the Roman period to the 1940’s ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign, that give a fascinating insight into the gardens, plants and tools of bygone times.  For further information visit: Historic Gardener

The Gardens Trust is a national charity, and consists of 36 County Gardens Trusts from all over England, and is affiliated to the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust.  Its focus is on promoting the enjoyment of gardens and parks to the general public.  For further information visit: Gardens Trust

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