Win A Copy Of ‘Secret Gardens Of The Cotswolds’

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, contact 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 and quote the offer code APG281.

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


The competition is now closed and thanks to everyone for taking part on the blog, Facebook and Twitter.  And the winner is Anisa Chez Akchich.  Congratulations.

82 thoughts on “Win A Copy Of ‘Secret Gardens Of The Cotswolds’

  1. please pop my name in the hat ! I too have discovered gardening later than I should have, and thoroughly worry about things good to hear someone else is similiar. The book looks great.


  2. It is a long time since I have been to the Cotswolds. I was supposed to go last year but was not able to so am planning to make it there this year with my family. I would really love to have this book to linger over.


  3. Been following for a while now, would love to know more about Secret Gardens, they are the best sort!
    Please add me to the draw!


  4. I’ve just received my copy – it’s gorgeous and with a lovely surprise (for me anyway) in the acknowledgements at the end 🙂 Good luck to all of your entrants – one of you is in for a treat!


  5. They won’t be secret for much longer once the book comes out – I have only visited Prince Charles’ garden so far in the Cotswolds – the least secret garden of all! You can put me in the hat for good measure.


  6. I’m not entering (obviously), but wow, what a gorgeous cover photo on that book. Good thing I’m here and not there, or I would have drooled on it (sorry), and then you wouldn’t be able to give it away any more.

    Also, I admire how posh you’ve become–using your best hat these days for the drawings.


    • Yes Stacy. Drooling is a danger and something I fight against almost constantly. To little effect. It’s my age. I said prettiest hat actually – it certainly isn’t my best or poshest. Dave


  7. I cac tell it’s a lovely book if the photo on the cover is anything to go by. So please add me to the draw. Mind you I would have to make a space for it somewhere in the bookcase as any gaps were filled at Christmas….


  8. When I first started gardening some 30 years ago I read a book by Mary Keen and she inspired me then, she had a simple approach, which back then was what I needed. If I won the book I could reconnect with her….. Thank you .


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  10. I visited the Cotswolds a couple of years ago with the Japanese branch of our family. They loved it as did I. I would love to win the book and have an excuse to visit it again. Thanks


  11. David, I would LOVE to win this book! I believe the photo on the front is of Asthall Manor, which I was lucky enough to visit in June 2014. It was absolutely divine. Living in Sydney at the moment, I miss English gardens so much, and the Cotswolds is one of my very favourite places. If I won, my parents, from Buckinghamshire, could bring the book out to me – I would adore being able to get a ‘fix’ of these gorgeous gardens from afar. Here’s hoping!


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