Bath is looking stunning this summer, as the city is entered into the annual South West in Bloom competition. If you want to explore some of the best of Bath’s floral displays but are short on time, take our short walking tour of the city’s blooming marvellous parks and green spaces…
1. Bath’s Artisan Quarter
Our floral tour begins on Walcot Street, at the heart of Bath’s Artisan Quarter. Started in 2017, Wild Walcot is a community partnership project aiming to co-design and create a wildlife-friendly green corridor along the length of Walcot Street. As you wander along Walcot Street, you will also spot floral hanging baskets and planters, as well as ‘The Stone Faces of Walcot’, a trail of 20 familiar faces from the area recreated in stone.
At the end of Walcot Street, you will find Hedgemead Park, a five-acre park that was realised following a landslide that destroyed houses beneath Camden Crescent in the 1870s. The Vegmead Community Garden, located within Hedgemead Park, is a circular edible garden which is looked after on behalf of the community by the Vegmead Community Group.
2. The Circus
From Hedgemead Park, down Lansdown Road and along Bennett Street to the Circus. Regarded as a preeminent example of Georgian architecture, the Circus is divided into three segments of equal length, with a central lawn that is home to a group of large plane trees.
Once you’ve marvelled at the wonder of the Circus, head down Brock Street to Margaret’s Buildings, which is full of charming shops and independent businesses, as well as beautiful floral displays.
3. Royal Victoria Park
Wander along Brock Street to Royal Victoria Park, a 57-acre park which boasts the iconic Royal Crescent as its backdrop, with plenty of attractions and features to enjoy. As you wander around the park, look out for the Victorian bandstand, the sustainable flower beds, and the Harry Patch memorial planters at the Queens Parade entrance to the park.
You will also find Bath’s smallest garden centre, The Urban Garden, a social enterprise aiming to do business differently for the sake of our community and the environment.
In an adjoining plot to Royal Victoria Park, you will find the home of Bath Organic Group. You can join their sociable group of gardeners at their gardening sessions on Tuesdays and Saturdays, from 10am to 1pm.
4. The Botanical Gardens
The final location of the tour is the Botanical Gardens in Royal Victoria Park, which boasts one of the finest collections of plants on limestone in the West Country. Within its nine-and-a-half acres, you will find trees, shrubs, a fine herbaceous border, a rock garden and pool, a scented walk, a collection of old shrub roses, and a replica of a Roman Temple.
As you wander around the Botanical Gardens, don’t miss the Bath WI Garden, a small, multi-award-winning garden that is entirely made up of edible, insect-friendly plants and flowers.