Walk among the mass of colours at Bowood's gardens

Chippenham, Wiltshire

Bowood House offers vistas of colour and beauty covering over 60 acres.

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This woodland oasis of azaleas, magnolias and rhododendrons is considered to be one of the most exciting gardens of its type in the country. The Rhododendron Walks have been the subject of one of the most significant horticultural finds – over 30 original hardy hybrids which were thought to be extinct.

The original plants date back to when 3rd Marquis of Lansdowne first planted the garden in 1854, and the present Lord Lansdowne’s great grandfather expanded the garden on his return from being Viceroy in India.

Most of the species originate from the Himalayas. Successive generations have continued to add to the collection.

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