Autumn Events



Afternoon self-drive including cream tea

Members: £30 • Guests: £ 35

The House

The earliest part of the house formed part of the important Saxon monastery of Wimborne, founded in 705 AD. For the next three centuries it was probably the home of the Abbesses. Although the monastery was sacked by the Danes in 1015, the house survived and in 1043 became the Deanery to the College of the Minster which flourished until the Reformation. In 1548 John Hanham, MP for Poole and a Commissioner for Dorset, was appointed to seize the Church lands in and around Wimborne, and duly acquired the house with some 4,000 acres. His descendants have lived here ever since. The fine red brick facades were added in 1725, and the Saxon hall was remodelled in 1868 with the addition of stained glass windows incorporating reclaimed panels of Elizabethan armorial glass.

The Garden

The garden of 13 acres, set within the estate in the Stour valley, features some unusual mature specimen trees and a Saxon fishpond which fed the inhabitants of Wimborne’s monastery between 8th and 11th centuries. The American Swamp Cypress and Tulip tree (both over 100ft tall) were planted by explorer Thomas Hanham on his return from a voyage to the New World in 1607.


2.00pm   |   Meet at Deans Court
2.15pm    |   Garden tour starts
4.00pm   |   Cream tea in the dining room


The Holt, Upham, SO32 1HR

Morning self-drive with tea, coffee & cake

Members: £16 • Guests: £ 20

Home of the new HGT Chairman, Ted Wake, The Holt has been farmed and managed by the same family for three generations.  With a dynamic farming enterprise at its heart, the business is run to make it as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible.  It is a mixed farm, divided into arable, woodland and pasture which is grazed by native breeds of Red Ruby Devon cattle and Wiltshire Horn sheep.  The house remains at the heart of the estate which includes ten let cottages and The Old Workshop, which has been sympathetically converted to create a large, open-plan building available for Estate functions and external meetings.

The family take great pride in managing the farm to improve and develop biodiversity throughout the estate which lies within the South Downs National Park.  It is also a founding member of the recently formed Winchester Downs Farm Cluster Group.

Holt is the Saxon word for wood.  The woodland is “semi-ancient” mainly beech, oak and ash interspersed with areas of softwood.  Woods need managing and we have just embarked on a twenty year woodland management plan which involves thinning the trees, removing introduced softwood trees and coppicing hazel and chestnut.  We are also widening open rides to encourage a broad range of flora and fauna including a number of butterflies.  We have installed a woodfuel biomass boiler which produces hot water and heating for five properties (including the Old Workshop) using wood chipped from the estate.


9:30am    |  Meet at The Old Workshop.  Brief introduction by Ted Wake
9.45am    |  Start of Garden Tour
11.00am  | Return to Old Workshop for refreshments
11.30am  |  Depart


Bury Court, Farnham, GU10 5LZ

Full day self drive including lunch

Members: £30 • Guests: £ 35

Bury Court dates back over many centuries, showing up as possibly a small village on 17th century maps. It was a thriving hop farm until the 1980s and in the mid 1990s became the base for a marvellous plant nursery, Green Farm Plants, when the present owner, John Coke, inherited it.

The contemporary walled garden, designed by Piet Oudolf, was created from the concrete farmyard and is now a well-known show garden specializing in grasses and hardy perennials.

The original threshing barn, thought to have been moved to this site in the 1930s, was fully restored and converted in 2002. It now provides a vibrant venue for events ranging from exclusive weddings to dynamic corporate functions with exciting concerts and opera in between.


The gardens at Bury Court date from 1996 when the first garden was created on the site of the old partially walled farmyard. This garden was the show garden for the specialist perennial nursery, Green Farm Plants. When the nursery closed in 2003 the garden became part of the events venue but is still open to the public on Plantsman’s Days, from April to September, and by appointment.


11:00am  |  Meet
11.30am  |  Talk & demonstration
12.30pm  |  Lunch
2.00pm    |  Garden Tour


Arundells, Salisbury, SP1 2EN

Morning self drive

Members: £15 • Guests: £18

Located within Salisbury’s magnificent Cathedral Close, this charming house is the former home of Sir Edward Heath KG MBE – Prime Minister, statesman, sailor and musician.

Arundells remains home to Sir Edward’s  personal collection of paintings, ceramics, photographs, cartoons, detailed models of his five Morning Cloud yachts, his Steinway piano and a wide range of music, sailing and political memorabilia.

The peaceful garden, with lawns, mature trees and borders, was redesigned in 1985 to Sir Edward’s wishes and has remained unchanged over the intervening years.  Two particular features are the spectacular views of the spire of Salisbury Cathedral, and the tranquil frontage to the confluence of the River Avon and the River Nadder.


11:00am  |  The first guided tour of the house followed by a garden tour
Tours last 75 minutes

NB  |  It might be that the group is split into two depending on how many members
sign up to this event.  Each group will alternate between the tour of the house and the garden


Exbury Gardens, Exbury, SO45 1HR

Morning self drive

Members: £18 • Guests: £20

Exbury Gardens was the inspiration of Lionel Nathan de Rothschild. It was his vision, his dedication and his resources which have created one of the finest woodland gardens in the country. Lionel was born in 1882 into the famous banking family. By the mid-19th century, the Rothschilds were at the peak of their financial power and prestige throughout Europe. As was expected of Lionel, he took up a career in the family bank. In 1912 he married Marie-Louise Beer by whom he had four children, Rosemary, Edmund, Naomi and Leopold.

During our garden visit we will be visiting the new  ‘secret’ centenary garden designed by RHS gold medal award-winning designer Marie-Louise Agius, great grand-daughter of Exbury Gardens’ founder Lionel de Rothschild. Hidden from public view for almost two years, this contemporary garden contains subtle nods to the Rothschild family history and has been planted with a particular focus on late summer.

We will also be discovering the story behind Exbury Gardens and the people that made it happen in their new exhibition. Located just outside the visitor entrance, the display aims to share Exbury’s unique history and showcase photographs of the gardens and staff across the last 100 years.


10.30am  |  Meet
11.00am  |  Set off with senior guide for the garden tour
12.30pm  |  Guided tour finishes, depart at your leisure



‘Towards a Sustainable Landscape – looking to the future’
Study Day including buffet lunch

*****************THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT*********************

Members: £50 • Non Members: £55

Mindful of the limited resources left on our planet, Hampshire Gardens Trust’s Study Day this autumn will be addressing the future of the landscape and how we can live more harmoniously with the natural environment. We are immensely grateful to our three speakers all of whom are experts in their field, for agreeing to take part in what promises to be an exceptional event.

Kim Wilkie, an internationally acclaimed landscape architect, whose work can be seen worldwide, will introduce the day by looking at the historic notion of Arcadia and what the implications are for us today.

Nigel Dunnett , Professor of Planting Design & Urban Horticulture in the Landscape Architecture Department at Sheffield University is leading the field in bringing biodiversity to city centres in a sustainable manner.

Isobel Allen, launched HAB housing together with Kevin McCloud, to design and build outstanding residential schemes where community and people are paramount and where the natural environment is treated as an important element.

To download biographical notes of our speakers click here.

The Study Day will take place again this year in the lovely surroundings of Chawton House, home to Jane Austen’s brother Edward Knight, and now home to a unique library of early women’s writing.

Early booking is advised!



10.30 – 11.30
English Land
Speaker Kim Wilkie
The whole English Landscape Movement is based on the stewardship of the land and the healthy
long-term relationship of humans growing food in balance with natural systems – Arcadia.

11.45 – 12.45  
Nature Enhanced: High-Impact, Low-Impact,
Climate – Adapted Landscapes

Speaker Nigel Dunnett
To meet the challenges of climate change, and increasing urbanisation, we need to hugely increase the amount of soils, nature and vegetation in our cities.  And we need to do this in a sustainable way, that reduces water, energy and chemical usage, and promotes biodiversity.  We need a radically different approach, one that puts people first, and that is exuberant and overwhelming in its beauty, provoking deep, uplifting, joyful and sublime emotional responses.  An approach that is  immersive, engaging all the senses, drawing people in as actors and participants, rather than merely as observers.

2.00 – 3.00  
Reality Check : The Trials and Tribulations of a

Well-Intentional Developer
Speaker Isabel Allen
The first thing we do on a site is perform a proper analysis of its natural characteristics, the topography. the wildlife, the trees ….everything that happens on a site stems from what is there.