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The Garden Highlights

The Garden Highlights

Our shorter tour takes in the very best of the gardens, revealing the most exceptional and characteristic aspects of the Highgrove Estate.

The Royal Gardens at Highgrove comprise a varied collection of landscapes, from the genteel environs of the Sundial Garden to the unstructured beauty of the Wildflower Meadow. There is much to discover this this extraordinary collection, a garden over 35 years in the making, created with passion, vision and dedication by HRH The Prince of Wales. Of particular note are the following - gardens that encapsulate the unique ambience of Highgrove and showcase its rich variety of landscaping and flora and fauna; we have selected these for our Garden Highlights Tour:

The Stumpery
A verdant landscape of tree stumps, ferns and wood-carved sculptures awaits you in The Stumpery, one of the most distinctive areas of the estate. Inspired by Victorian gardening techniques, the Stumpery is filled with points of interest; a thatched tree house, a National Collection of hostas and an exquisite oak temple, to name just a few.

Cottage Garden
A glorious scheme inspired by the colours of Tibet meets a more traditional English style in this idyllic garden, planted with a mixture of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants. Featuring spring and autumn-flowering bulbs, the Cottage Garden delights throughout the year and houses a charming oak summer house, co-designed by HRH The Prince of Wales.

Sundial Garden
With a stone sundial at its centre, box hedging and beds planted with blue, pink and purple delphiniums, this elegant garden encapsulates the classic country estate aesthetic. Beautifully vibrant during the summer months, the garden takes on a more ethereal quality during the winter, when willow sculptures act as the garden’s focal point.

Thyme Walk
Experience a more contemporary side of the Royal Gardens at Highgrove along the Thyme Walk. This gracious avenue features some twenty varieties of thyme, interspersed with golden marjoram and primroses. Its pleasing symmetry is enhanced by a collection of yew trees, clipped into bold, geometric shapes, while the main lawn is edged with a striking topiary yew hedge, designed by Sir Roy Strong.

Wildflower Meadow
Enjoy one of the most picturesque aspects of Highgrove at the Wildflower Meadow, which stretches out across 4 acres in front of the house. Complimenting the Georgian building with its rambling natural beauty, the meadow transforms with the seasons and nurtures a mix of wildflowers and trees, including a National Collection of beech.