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Secret Garden Visit: Kiftsgate Court, Gloucestershire

Enjoy an exclusive visit for up to six people in the stunning historic gardens at Kiftsgate Court. This visit is part of our Secret Garden Visits fundraiser to raise urgently needed funds to save the Garden Museum from the impact of the coronavirus.

Kiftsgate Court is above all a family home. Bought by Jack and Heather Muir in 1919, the layout of the garden has more or less remained the same since the 1920’s but each generation has added or changed various aspects over the years.

Heather Muir spent 30 years establishing the gardens and was succeeded by her daughter Diany Binny, followed by her granddaughter Anne Chambers in 1988. Each plantswoman has tended Kiftsgate for a third of a century, building upon the legacy of the previous generation.

Walk through the Four Squares garden full of gentle, harmonious combinations, enjoy the skilful handling of hues in the Yellow Border, be calmed by the modern water garden and take the opportunity to fully appreciate the tulip-tree avenue from the adjacent mound. Renowned for its roses, Kiftsgate in summer is filled with old fashioned roses aplenty and the famous Kiftsgate rose scrambling over three trees.

Since winning the Historic Houses award in 2003 after the addition of a new water garden, several new areas have been created. From the fern border one walks through a perennial wild flower garden and then through an orchard planted with camassias and bulbs for spring colour. These areas have added a more informal and modern touch to the garden.

Guests will be invited to bring a picnic lunch and wander round the gardens at their leisure. A full address for the garden will be provided to the buyer, along with the contact details of the garden owner so you can arrange parking and timings

We are very grateful to Anne and Johnny Chambers for opening up the garden at Kiftsgate Court, which is currently closed to the public, for our Secret Garden Visits fundraiser.

Image: Sabina Ruber