Slow Cotswolds

  • Stroud's new garden (for bees and butterflies)

    As I was preparing the update to Slow Travel: The Cotswolds in 2016, Stroud's Museum in the Park (page 248) was still working on its, then, unopened Walled Garden. The Walled Garden is the original garden that accompanies the 17th-century mansion house, which was built by a wealthy Stroud clothier and now houses the museum.

    Fully restored in time for a magnificent display of Spring colour, with bulbs planted as a community event last year, the Walled Garden is now a rainbow riot and perfect for an early summer outing. Last autumn Cleo Mussi (an internationally renowned mosaic artist and the garden's 'patron') selected varieties for a 'cutting bed' within the raised beds; visitors are now able to buy a bunch of tulips to take home. The Walled Garden, in a small way, is serving its original purpose of providing fruit and flowers for the house.

    Dolly tubs are used as planters at the Pavilion for olive trees and three pots of black-stemmed bamboo from Cleo's own garden. The Pergola, made by nearby Gloucester Street Forge, is also now installed. Eventually this feature will become a fruit tunnel planted with heritage fruit trees and fruit bushes - volunteers recently planted the tunnel with raspberries, loganberries, strawberries and gooseberries. The orchard is also brimming with fruit trees.

    If you wish to know more about a particular plant while enjoying the Walled Garden, wander over to the Garden Volunteers Shed, where a folder is kept with details of every plant, shrub and tree grown in the garden.

    Opening times for the museum and garden can be found at:

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