Spring/Summer Events 2020
THURSDAY 23RD APRIL
WEIRS BARN, HARTLEY WINTNEY, HAMPSHIRE, RG27 8HS
Morning self drive
Members: £12 • Guests: £15
Weirs Barn, Hartley Wintney
In 1899 Robert Weir Schultz converted a C16 barn in Phoenix Green for his own occupation and lived there until his death in 1951. He gradually transformed the land from fields into a series of ‘garden rooms’, by planting topiary hedges and a shelterbelt of trees to give protection and privacy. The garden provides the setting for the listed Grade II* Arts and Crafts House, and reflects garden design at the turn of the 20th century. The overall structure of the garden remains as it was in Schultz’s time. The sunken garden, the croquet lawn, the mulberry tree, and much of the topiary remain.
Weirs Barn has recently featured in the February edition of ‘The English Garden’ magazine. Please click here to download the article. Terence Lyons, the current owner will be the guide during our visit.
10.30am : Arrive for welcome refreshments
11.00am : Start of Tour
12.30pm : Finish Tour
Lunch at the Phoenix Inn (optional)
MONDAY 11TH MAY
LEONARDSLEE LAKES & GARDENS & HIGH BEECHES, WEST SUSSEX
Full day coach trip
Members: £57 • Guests: £60
Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens
Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens is described as ‘The Finest Woodland Gardens in England.’ This beautiful landscaped Grade I listed garden was first planted in 1801.
In 2017 the estate was acquired by Penny Streeter OBE who began to restore the gardens. Spring is a good time to visit the outstanding displays of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, magnolias and bluebells.
With 27 acres of woodland, water gardens, and a collection of rare, exotic and award-winning plants, High Beeches Garden is a botanical treasure trove, and one of Sussex’s finest gardens. High Beeches Garden is home to a plant collection that includes specimens from many parts of the world. A botanical treasure trove and classic English idyll make it one of the finest woodland gardens in the South East.
8.30am : The Coach will depart from Winchester Park & Ride
10.00am : Start of Leonardslee Garden Tour
12.00pm : Lunch can be purchased in the Leonardslee café or take your own picnic lunch
1.30pm : Coach Departs Leonardslee
2.00pm : Start of High Beeches Garden Tour
4.00pm : Depart
5.30pm* : Arrive Winchester
* Approximate time
THURSDAY 4TH JUNE
THE MANOR HOUSE, UPTON GREY, HAMPSHIRE, RG25 2RD
Morning self drive
Members: £10 • Guests: £12
The Manor House, Upton Grey, Hampshire
Gertrude Jekyll designed this important historic garden in 1908. John and Rosamund Wallinger bought the almost derelict property in 1984. What they did not realise was that underneath the jungle were the foundations of a very special garden, designed for a house belonging to Charles Holme, a leading figure in the Arts and Crafts movement.
Rosamund says ‘we had very little knowledge of gardening until we came to Upton Grey; that was soon to change with the unearthing of this important piece of garden history. We decided to research the garden and, having discovered a full set of plans in the Reef Point Collection at The University of California at Berkeley, we obtained copies and set about the restoration. What we recreated is now believed to be the most complete and authentic Jekyll garden in existence – a living museum of Jekyll design’
10.30am : Meet at the Manor House for welcome refreshments & introductory talk by Rosamond Wallinger
11.30am : You are then free to wander around the garden with a garden guide and list of plants provided
12.30pm : Depart
WEDNESDAY 17TH JUNE
OLD CAMPS, THATCHAM, BERKSHIRE, RG19 8LG
Morning self drive
Members: £15 • Guests: £18
Old Camps, Thatcham, Berkshire
The garden at Old Camps is situated on the site of a Roman encampment, purposefully selected for its position on higher ground and its proximity to Roman Winchester.
In 1929, the land for Old Camps was purchased by a Mr & Mrs Punter, who entrusted an architect friend to design the 1920s bungalow, making reference to its Roman links which featured an open courtyard garden in the centre of the house, whereby rooms opened off of this outdoor space.
In 2007, Old Camps was purchased by its current owners, Adam and Heidi Vetere who set about improving and developing the grounds. The garden, set over an acre, benefits from panoramic views of Watership Down. The garden design was intended to take the visitor on a journey through the gardens, as it is not all viewed at once, rather openings through plantings or gates entice you on to see what is there. Maturing and bountiful planting abounds, inspiration is in abundance, and underlying it all are ideas for sustainable practices to limit the impact on the environment.
The key to the design was reconciling the old and the new, developing flowing herbaceous borders full of cottage planting, which pays homage to its 1920s roots and seamlessly moving into the 21st century, with formal structure and contemporary planting schemes.
In essence, the gardens were designed to be good for the soul and mind in today’s fast paced life. The design succeeds as it clears the mind and transports you to another place, where your mind can flow and unwind; it is a real tonic, allowing you to recharge your batteries ready for life’s next challenge!
THURSDAY 2ND JULY
WALTHAM PLACE FARM, NR MAIDENHEAD, BERKSHIRE, SL6 3JH
Morning self drive including lunch
Members: £25 • Guests: £30
Waltham Place Farm, Nr Maidenhead, Berkshire
Waltham Place is a 220 acre organic and biodynamic farm of which 50 acres is woodland and gardens, 40 acres is arable and the remainder is permanent pasture and grass leys.
The gardens have many different facets and visitors are asked to shift their paradigms and look at the gardens with a different eye, to be accepting of the less formal, less tidy look. They are gardeners ‘of place’ and seek to work with nature, adapting and evolving to its ecology rather than producing a decorated garden.
‘Natural gardening’ is fundamental and organic husbandry at the heart of their holistic management of the estate. They seek to combine forces with nature rather than fighting against it, and to explore the boundaries between garden and nature. In doing so, they have created a haven to an abundance of insect and animal life, fungi and indigenous flora, which is their legacy and investment in the future.
They have a small farm shop with home grown produce for sale.
10.00am : Meet at Waltham Place Farm for refreshments
10.30am : Start of Tour
12.30pm : Depart