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Win A Copy Of ‘Secret Gardens Of The Cotswolds’

By David Marsden @anxiousgardener

It’s been a while since there’s been a book competition on The Anxious Gardener.

Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds

Time to rectify that with an opportunity to win ‘Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds’ published by Frances Lincoln.  Here’s what they have to say about it:

Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds is a personal tour of some of the UK’s most exciting and exquisite gardens, guided by the owners, their gardeners and designers.  In the golden stone villages of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, author Victoria Summerley and photographer Hugo Rittson-Thomas offer privileged access to twenty secret gardens, revealing their charm, romance, horticulture and history.  Retracing the footsteps of such luminary designers as Humphry Repton, Rosemary Verey, Isabel and Julian Bannerman and Mary Keen, we find examples of great design, compelling planting, inspired sculpture and private paradise.  From the cherished snowdrop fields of the Elwes family at Colesbourne, to Antony Gormley’s statue in the garden of Matthew Freud and Elisabeth Murdoch, this book uncovers the various and intriguing ways these Cotswolds’ gardens inspire and enchant.

While some of these gardens open regularly to visitors, those that remain strictly private can now be savoured and enjoyed through the eyes of those who know them best. 

Victoria Summerley is an award-winning garden journalist and was executive editor of the Independent newspaper in the UK.  She lives in Bibury, Gloucestershire, the village once described by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in the Cotswolds’.

Hugo Rittson-Thomas is one of the UK’s leading portrait photographers. In 2012 he was privately commissioned to photograph the Cotswolds gardens of Eyford House.

‘Secret Gardens of the Cotswold’ will be published in early February 2015 and retail at £20.  If you’d like the chance to win a copy here’s all you need to do:

leave a comment below saying that you wish to enter


(if you don’t do so already) follow ‘The Anxious Gardener’ blog, follow me on Twitter or like The Anxious Gardener Facebook page.  All three follow buttons are top right of this page.  (You can also enter by simply following me on twitter and re-tweeting this post or liking and leaving a comment on Facebook).

Please note that you must have a UK postal address to enter … or the use of one.  (The book can only be posted within the UK).

The closing date is midnight on Friday 23rd January 2015.

I’ll draw a name from my prettiest hat, email the winner and add the result to the bottom of this post.

Good luck!

There will be another book draw in two or three weeks.


To order ‘The Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds’ at the discounted price of £16.00 including p&p* (RRP: £20.00) telephone 01903 828503 or email [email protected] and quote the offer code APG281.

*UK ONLY – Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.

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