Day Five-A Trip To The Cotswolds With Stepheny


On the fifth day of our trip, I have a surprise for those of you who live in the States. There is another Chipping Campden in Charlotte, North Carolina. I visited there last fall. I know we aren’t supposed to covet, but honestly! Modeled after classic English architecture with gardens that make your heart sing, and I, who would not trade places with anyone, thought, how come this isn’t my life?


The Cotswold village where we had tea yesterday comes to life in Charlotte, albeit with a light southern drawl. You will be captivated while walking the pea gravel paths through fragrant courtyards lined with herbs, perennials, and flowering shrubs.


The bones of the gardens are perfect;  classic favorites of any gardener -boxwood, dogwoods, camellias, gardenias, roses, and hydrangeas. There is a beautiful fountain spouting sunlit water.



Looking over wrought iron gates, small patio gardens are charming and romantic spaces. The writer in me imagined a life as viewed from this English village. I hope you get to see this lovely place one day.

We will extend our Cotswold visit next week to see a few more gardens.    Everybody have a nice weekend. 

The March issue of the Carolina Magazine has a great article written by my friend John Viccellio. A Bit of Old England in North Carolina.                                     The cover photo says it all.   

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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8 Responses to Day Five-A Trip To The Cotswolds With Stepheny

  1. Was the N Carolina Chipping Campden founded by emigrants from the English one? Sue

  2. Same question: who brought that garden to Charlotte? Of course the Pilgrims brought knot gardens to the original Plimoth colony, and you can see them at Plimoth Plantation. Next time I’m there, I’ll take some pictures! Thanks for this wonderful vacation!

  3. johnvic8 says:

    Isn’t it fun to introduce friends to gardens that they love. I was glad to be able to share the Southern version of Chipping Campden with you. An answer to your commenters question: Chipping Campden was brought to Charlotte by a savvy developer. John

  4. Hilary says:

    HI Stepheny .. the glow of the brick, the beautiful colours … definitely so like Chipping Campden here .. and the Cotswolds … so so pretty .. cheers Hilary

  5. Stephanie: I am having a wonderful time on this tour. Check my blog today. I nominated you for some awards. Accept or not as you like, but you are more than worthy!

  6. What a lovely place! The stone buildings are beautiful. Thanks so much for the tour!

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