Walking through the little gate in the high wall is like going into a secret garden. A haven of tranquillity, this lovely small botanical garden in the heart of Chipping Campden which opens up before you commemorates Ernest Henry Wilson (1876 - 1930) one of the greatest plant hunters of the early twentieth century.
Born in 1876 in Chipping Campden, 'Chinese' Wilson introduced more than 1,200 plants to the UK. The garden's treasures are the plants he introduced to this country following his travels in China.
The Ernest Wilson Memorial Garden is enjoyed by both locals and visitors. You can sit on your own, with friends or just wander around.
In the 1970’s, a decision was taken, at the suggestion of Sir Gordon Russell, that the best way to mark the centenary of Wilson’s birth was to create a garden as a permanent memorial. The town acquired the lower half of the large Vicarage garden in 1980, which fronts onto the main street with a splendid view of the church tower to the rear. The garden was laid out after a design by the Landscape Architect, Sir Peter Shepheard, with plants selected from the 1,200 or so that Wilson had introduced. Money was raised locally, and many of the plants were generously donated by both individuals and nurseries.
On 31st May 1984, the garden was opened by the well known broadcaster and plant hunter, Roy Lancaster. An Acer davidii was planted by Wilson’s grand-daughter, Mrs Barbara Abbott.

The garden is in the heart of Chipping Campden and is open daily from dawn to dusk. Entry is free but there is a donations box beside the gate. We ask you to leave a donation of whatever size to help fund the upkeep of the garden.

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Chipping Campden has some other beautiful and interesting gardens within a few miles which you can visit.
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Kiftsgate Court Gardens

Anne Chambers, a Wilson Garden Trustee, is the third generation of women gardeners at Kiftsgate. Set on an escarpment and famed for its roses.

Hidcote Manor Garden

Lawrence Johnston's garden (now owned by the National Trust) is divided into a series of "outdoor rooms" each with its own character.

Upton Wold

The hidden garden of the Cotswolds has an exceptional collection of trees, shrubs and plants including a National Collection of Juglans (Walnut).

Mill Dene

A romantic story of a young couple falling in love with each other and a beautiful Cotswold stone water mill.

Bourton House Garden

An award winning three acre garden surrounding a fine 18th century Manor House

Batsford Arboretum

The 55 acre estate contains almost 3,000 trees especially Japanese maples, magnolias and pines.

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