Gardens to visit

This is a small selection of the many interesting gardens in our area which open to the public.

For a full list please visit the National Gardens Scheme ‘Find a garden’ page


Lydney Park Estate is open to the public in the Spring and is also open on selected days as part of the National Garden Scheme (Yellow Book). You can stroll through the woodland garden, picnic in the Deer Park, explore the Roman ruins and visit the museums, including the New Zealand Museum.


A listed Arts and Crafts garden laid out by H Avray Tipping in 1922. Original features incl impressive stone terraces with far-reaching views over the Vale of Usk to Blorenge, Skirrid, Sugar Loaf and Brecon Beacons. Pergola, herbaceous borders, Edwardian glasshouse, rhododendrons, azaleas, tulips, orchard with wild flowers and woodland walks.


A country garden, approx 1 acre, surrounded by farmland and old orcharding. Lawns and large sweeping mixed herbaceous borders with over 100 roses. Formal kitchen garden and beautiful rose arbour leading to lake and summerhouse with a variety of water lilies and carp.


A garden set in the wonderful countryside of the Welsh border above Tintern. There are two acres of ornamental garden and two acres of woodland. The local landscape of rolling hills is reflected in the sinuous hedges that lead to the pool and provide the perfect backdrop for other planting schemes.


Highnam Court was built in 1658 after the original house was seriously damaged in the Civil War. It is one of the few houses built during the Commonwealth period.
During the last 13 years, since Roger Head has been the owner, the gardens have been totally and lovingly restored to their former glory, with many new additions being made to compliment and enhance the original design.


Westonbirt Gardens ( entirely separate from Westonbirt Arboretum) is a charitable trust set up in order to preserve and maintain the gardens and structures within (pergola, pavilions, grottos, terraces) which are historically so important.

Gardening supplies and plants

Chepstow Garden Centre

Pwllmeyric, Chepstow  NP16 6LF

Pygmy Pinetum,

Cannop, Coleford, GL16 7EQ : 01594 833398

Coinros Nursery,

Coinros Park Nursery, , GL15 6BU : 01594 842634

T Cackett,

Little Drybrook, GL16 8LP : 01594 563266

Coleford Garden Centre,

Lambsquay Rd., Milkwall, Coleford GL16 8QA
01594 832700
10% off all non-sale items for BGS members


At Hewelsfield produce and supply lawn turf.
Harthill Court Farm,
GL16 6UQ.
01594 530133


Offer discounts on all kinds of gardening supplies and we have a reciprocal link with them.

The following have helpful web sites – just use your search engine to find them:

Forest of Dean and Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire Federation of Gardening Societies
National Gardens Scheme Garden Finder

National institutions

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Royal Horticultural Society

Allotments and Organic growing

Garden Organic – the new name for HDRA
National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners
Soil Association

Plant information

RHS Plant Selector and Finder
Help &Advice

What can I plant now?

Carry on Gardening
Garden Action
Garden Advice
RHS Horticultural Advice

Garden wildlife

Dean Forest Beekeepers
British Butterflies
British Garden Birds
British Hedgehog Preservation Society
RSPB A to Z of a Wildlife Garden
Space for Nature
UK Moths