Spring/Summer Events 2021
THURSDAY 22ND APRIL 2021
WEIRS BARN, HARTLEY WINTNEY, HAMPSHIRE, RG27 8HS
Morning self drive
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.
11.00am : Start of Tour
12.30pm : Finish Tour
Lunch at the Phoenix Inn (optional)
WEDNESDAY 12TH MAY 2021
BISTERNE MANOR AND DURMAST HOUSE
Members: £30 • Guests: £35
full day self-drive
Bisterne Manor (morning visit)
Located in Bisterne near Ringwood. 2.5miles S of Ringwood on B3347, 500yds past the Church on LHS.
First opened in the 1930s for a fledgling NGS rhododendrons and azaleas form a backdrop for the 19C garden. The 16C Manor House overlooks a grand parterre, rare trees grace fine lawns and there is a small kitchen garden.
Durmast House (afternoon visit)
Designed by Gertrude Jekyll in the early 1900s Durmast has contrasting hot and cool borders, a formal rose garden and a long herbaceous border. There is a Victorian rockery and an orchard with beautiful spring bulbs. Features include rare azaleas, rare French roses as used by Miss Jekyll and a new border with a blue, white and yellow colour scheme.
The owners Mr and Mrs Daubeney will give a brief introduction to the garden and the visit will conclude with tea and scones.
10.30am : Meet at Bisterne Manor
12.30pm : Stop for Lunch
2.00pm : Meet at Durmast House
THURSDAY 3rd JUNE 2021
THE MANOR HOUSE, UPTON GREY, HAMPSHIRE, RG25 2RD
Morning self drive
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’
11.30am : You are then free to wander around the garden with a garden guide and list of plants provided
12.30pm : Depart
WEDNESDAY 16TH JUNE 2021
OLD CAMPS, THATCHAM, BERKSHIRE, RG19 8LG
Morning self drive
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 8TH JULY 2021
WALTHAM PLACE FARM, NR MAIDENHEAD, BERKSHIRE, SL6 3JH
Morning self drive including lunch
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.
10.30am : Start of Tour
12.30pm : Depart