Welcome to The Hidden Gardens of Bath
Bath is a beautiful city with a long history and superb architecture. Its floral displays, hanging baskets and window boxes are highly regarded and Bath is deservedly thirteen times winner of the Britain in Bloom competition.
Yet behind the honey-coloured stone facades of Bath’s houses and hotels lie beautiful private gardens, rarely seen. We provide guided, informative and unhurried tours to explore these hidden gems and to meet their creative, passionate and hard-working owners. Set up in 2013 by Helen Hughesdon The Hidden Gardens of Bath is unique in its conception combining the best of Bath’s private gardens with the quintessential English afternoon tea.
“I attended a garden design course in Bath and designed gardens for friends. Visiting other people’s gardens and showing people round my own garden has blossomed into arranging tours of gardens. I possess enthusiasm combined with a sound knowledge of plants and a passion to see people inspired in their own field of creativity by the gardens they visit."
Visit Bath's rarely seen, private gardens
Bath is a beautiful city with a long history and superb architecture. Its floral displays, hanging baskets and window boxes are highly regarded and Bath is deservedly thirteen times winner of the Britain in Bloom competition. Yet, often unseen are the wonderful gardens which are hidden from view and are well worth seeking out.
Helen says, "I love discovering hidden gardens and meeting the creative and hard-working owners. In putting together the tours I aim to share gardens that will delight, inspire and showcase what Bath has to offer."
Meet your garden tour guides
Founder Helen Hughesdon has lived in Bath with her family for thirty-eight years. Flower arranging and a desire to grow her own food led her into gardening. “I love all aspects of gardening but especially good planting and design” says Helen.
Opening The Hidden Gardens of Bath has allowed Helen to share her passion with visitors to Bath and she welcomes every person to her Tours and Exhibitions with open arms.
American born colleague Kim Boehm is a recent addition to Hidden Gardens of Bath. Her love of gardening and enjoyment of all things flora and fauna has brought her into a perfect partnership with Helen.
'Meeting Helen and being able to contribute to The Hidden Gardens of Bath has been a wonderful fusion of all the things I love.'
Kim has loved gardening for years and has taken inspiration from the beautiful gardens she has visited, from hearing the histories of the gardens and learning about the plants grown.
What People Say
Spectacular! A special thanks to Helen and her assistant, Kim. We had glorious blue skies with white puffy clouds as a backdrop for our tour of 3 distinct gardens, all with amazing features and colors. Our garden hosts were eager to share their garden designs with seasonal plantings throughout. We were treated to a wonderful cream tea with lots of conversation and a setting to remember! Many thanks.
"I really enjoyed the whole experience. Thank you for all the hard work that you put into it beforehand to make it such a good time."
"Just a note to say how much we all enjoyed our hidden gardens evening. The weather certainly helped, but you had arranged everything beautifully and the variety of the three gardens visited was fascinating. Please thank all the owners for being so welcoming and allowing us to look around. Thank you, too, to your stalwart helpers who did such a good job escorting and feeding us. The cakes were delicious and the tables looked so attractive. A winning formula!"
Bitton Gardening Club
"Wonderful welcome from each owner, delicious cream tea, and we never felt rushed at any point in the day. Excellent value for money, we have already recommended you to several friends and you will certainly be seeing us again!"
Ginny and John, Farleigh Hungerford
"The gardens were all wonderful and all the owners friendly. What an opportunity to see them. I really didn't know such treasures existed...And that tea! Truly scrumptious and some delicious gluten free options."