Ashton under Hill Open Gardens

Cotswold gardens nestling in the shadow of Bredon Hill

Next event: Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 June 2014

1.00 to 6.00pm


Blue skies, sunshine, picturesque buildings and luxuriant gardens in Ashton under Hill. Picture by Jo Brown


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The picturesque village of Ashton under Hill is situated in the south of the county of Worcestershire, England, at the eastern end of Bredon Hill and overlooking the Vale of Evesham. Bredon Hill and Ashton are in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The northern Cotswold hills are close at hand and nearby towns include Evesham, Pershore, Broadway and Tewkesbury. Formerly part of the county of Gloucestershire, Ashton under Hill is now in the Wychavon district of Worcestershire.

Ashton under Hill is just west of the A46 between Evesham and Tewkesbury, about 5 miles south of Evesham and near to junction 9 of the M5 motorway. Please use the postcode WR11 7SW to find us with your Sat Nav. More directions here or see a map here

2014 will be the 37th year of our annual Open Gardens weekend, which continues to grow in popularity and often now attracts well over a thousand visitors over the two days.

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Why not visit Beckford Open Village and Gardens Saturday 31 May and Sunday 1 June? Details from 01386 882002 or 01684 772237

Enjoying the swiming pond in one of the gardens

A glimpse of the church

Clipped formality

Taking in the view

Primula vialli

One of the sumptuous flower displays in the church

One of Ashton's woodland gardens

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Usk Open Gardens

Our Supporters

Ardyef Limited

R D Fergusson

Master Thatcher

01684 773921

Alan Aston

Motor Engineers

01386 760700

Ashbee Bed and Breakfast

01386 881266

Ashton Garden Plant Centre

01386 881870

Beckford Silk

01386 881507

Beckford Stores

01386 881248

BHGS Ltd, Floral Sales

01386 444109

Blue Gecko Plants

01386 751802

GLB Services, Central Heating Installation and Maintenance

01386 871777

Anthony Halling Garden Machinery

01386 858713

Hillers Garden and Plant Centre

01789 772771

Holloway Farm House B&B

01386 881910

Hoo House Nursery

01684 293389

Indy Enabled Living

01386 443857

Keyscape Landscape Design and Construction

01386 462790

L&L Installations

0800 592946

Meadows Farm Shop

01684 293389

The Old Post House & Barn Holiday Accommodation

01386 882466

Overbury Estate and Farms

01386 725111

Rails End Nursery

01386 881884

Rune Garden Design

01905 841405

Sarah Jane Smith

The Acupuncture Clinic

01386 725461

T.A.Spry Landscape Gardener

01684 773089

The Star Inn, Ashton under Hill

01386 881325

Chris Tallis


01386 48600

The Tile Barn

01242 621164

Toddington Garden Centre

01242 621314

Village Green Kitchens and Bathrooms

01386 852152

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26 Gardens to See

Our gardeners have been enjoying the fine spring weather and are busy preparing for our next Open Gardens event in June; there's a gentle backlground fo lawnmowers most days as lawns receive their first cuts afetr a very wet winter. There are now 26 confirmed gardens for you to see; some of them haven't been open for a number of years. There will also be all the usual attractions - an exhibition in St Barbara's Church, craft stalls and quality plant sales. Don't forget tha we have several refreshment venues, some open from midday. Our theme for 2014 is The World of Plants highlighting non-native species grown in our gardens - you'll be amazed at where some of our favourite plants come from!

Discounts for Groups

Don't forget that we offer generous discounts for groups of 10 or more, and there's ample free parking for coaches as well as cars. If you're interested in bringing a party to visit us on either the Saturday or Sunday please Contact Us for more information. You'll be assured of a warm welcome!

Alternatively, if you're ready to make a booking, please download a Group Booking Form and email it to us (details on the form). Forms and payment must be received by Friday 30 May to qualify for the group discount please.

Admission Charges and Parking

All coach and car parking for our Open Gardens event is free, and there is a complimentary minibus shuttle around the village which is usually much appreciated by visitors.

Admission is £5 for adults, including senior citizens, and this allows entry to all the gardens and other attractions. Saturday tickets are also valid on the Sunday, so why not make a weekend of it! Children under 16 may visit free of charge, and there are complimentary illustrated programmes to help guide you around the gardens.

We update this website regularly, so come back again soon for more news of our 2014 event. Please Contact Us if you have a question or would like to be added to our mailing list for occasional newsletters.

Refreshments and Cream Teas

When you need to rest and relax there are always a number of venues for lunch or tea. Our refreshment marquee serves ploughman's lunches  and cream teas with complimentary bubbles. Teas are also served in the village Hall by members of Ashton WI, and refreshments are also available in the Free Church hall. Our excellent village pub, The Star Inn, serves meals all day and you can eat in the garden to enjoy the sunshine.

This website is regularly updated so please come back regularly for more news or Contact Us to be added to our mailing list or to receive our regular email newsletter (postal or email addresses are never shared with any other person or organisation)


If you have any feedback or if there's anything you'd particularly like to know about next year's Ashton Open Gardens please Contact Us

Success in 2013

After a year's planning and preparation our 36th annual Open Gardens Weekend finally took place in glorious sunshine last June. Almost 1300 people came to Ashton over the two days to enjoy 22 colourful gardens, to browse in the Plantsman's Market and enjoy the peace and calm of St Barbara's Church. Cream teas in the marquee, or an opportunity to rest weary feet with a cup of tea in the village hall were also among the attractions.

Some of the comments we received about our 2013 Open Gardens were:

"Many thanks for a lovely day out! As you can imagine, we all thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the visit, the very friendly people, excellent food, and the tea and cake in the village hall was fantastic, and of course, we mustn't forget the amazing gardens!! I'm sure we will be visiting you all again sometime in the future."

" We had a glorious day visited most of the gardens and thoroughly enjoyed them all. We realise all the effort and organising that went in to this weekend and thank you all. We hope to come back next year."

" I've been telling everyone how lovely Ashton is and what a fabulous day we had. I felt everything was organised perfectly and could not find anything that could be improved upon." 

"Beautiful gardens and we were impressed with the fact there were several venues selling refreshments."

"I made another visit from Leeds this year - I am passionate about gardens and you put on a real treat for such a small community"

If you'd like to know more, please don't hesitate to Contact Us but why not make a date to see Ashton in bloom? Our 2014 Open Gardens Weekend will be on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 June. You can see pictures of last year's event in our 2013 Photo Gallery


Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made

By singing: "Oh, how beautiful!" and sitting in the shade (Rudyard Kipling)


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Attractions for everyone!

Profusion of poppies

Lots of lupins

Cottage garden

Spring delicacy

Guardian of the Middle School's plot

Roses and Thatch

Early arrivals

Flowers in the sunshine

Mellow stone in St Barbara's Churchyard


Photos by David Hunter, Isabel Brown and

Jo Brown unless otherwise stated