Thursday 5 July 2018

Manor Farm House, Patney SN10 3RB

from 2.30pm

By kind invitation of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Alsop

A pretty garden originally designed by Michael Balston in the 1980’s and which has evolved over the past 5 years. There are distinctive areas including a meadow with a box mound and a formal vegetable garden.

The Corner House, Chirton SN10 3QS

from 3.30 pm

By kind invitation of Mr. and Mrs. John Clarkson
This garden had a complete makeover in 2001 when Diana was working for Michael Balston: sight lines, views and structure have transformed the garden. Tea and cakes in the garden.

Friday 20 July 2018

Wine in a Garden at Stowell Park, East Stowell SN8 4JS

From 6.00 to 8.00pm.  Members only

By kind invitation of Lady Rothschild

The 18th Century house is surrounded by parkland with mature cedars and a ha-ha. Within the walled garden there are views over the Vale of Pewsey,  the central path is flanked by double mixed borders.  A wonderful fruit arch running across the garden divides it into four quadrants for fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Plants for the house are grown in a large glasshouse and the lovely old outbuildings are used as wood stores and potting sheds.

Saturday 20 October 2018

Coach trip to Thenford House, Banbury OX17 2BX

From 6.00 to 8.00pm.  Members only

Home of Lord and Lady Heseltine.

Thenford has occasional open days and this will take advantage of the spectacular Autumn colours. Coach pick-up at Morrison’s, Chippenham at 10.20 for 10.30 departure. Lunch at The Three Conies, Thorpe Mandeville, returning to Chippenham around 6.30pm.

Sunday 4 November 2018

Autumn lunch at The Old Rectory, Poulshot, SN10 1RT

12.30pm.  Members only

By kind invitation of Mr. Nicholas and Lady Kate Hunloke.

Back by popular demand, a chance to meet up with friends with a two-course lunch with wine.

Events Overview

The Trust, through the Events Committee, arranges an annual programme of visits to a wide variety of gardens, from historic country estates to newly created or developing gardens. We also organise coach tours each year to other Counties to view remarkable gardens.

We are fortunate in often being able to arrange visits to a number of gardens not normally open to the public. Wherever possible, we encourage the owners of these gardens to give their own personal commentary and insight into the creation and maintenance of their gardens.

Early each year, we issue members with the forthcoming programme, with full details of the times and charges together with a booking form so that they can plan which visits they wish to attend.

The Trust also organises annual lectures by speakers well known in their particular field.  These talks can cover virtually any aspect of gardens or historic landscapes.  Social events such as wine in a garden and lunches are also arranged for members and their guests to enjoy and share their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm.

Please note that many of these visits are strictly limited in terms of numbers – so it is essential to book ahead!