Saturday 28th March 2020

AGM  at West Lavington Manor, West Lavington SN10 4LA POSTPONED

2.30pm.

Minutes of the 2019 AGM will be available shortly.

West Lavington Manor, West Lavington

By kind invitation of Mr. Andrew Doman and his partner Jordina Evins

The AGM will be followed by a lecture by Mr. Jason Ingram, an award winning garden Photographer on ‘Planting the Oudolf Gardens at Hauser & Wirth, Somerset’ which captures the changing seasons of the gardens.

Members can visit the 5-acre walled garden at West Lavington established in the C17 by John Danvers. The main seasonal highlights are the small arboretum with some outstanding specimen trees, Spring bulbs, Japanese garden and water features.

Wednesday 6th May 2020

Visit to Bowood House, SN11 0NZ

11.00am.

By kind permission of The Marquis of Lansdowne
Guided tour of the garden and private walled garden with lunch in the Restaurant at 12.30 pm followed by a tour of the Woodland garden.

Thursday 28 May 2020

Cadenham Manor, Foxham, Chippenham SN15 4NH

Wine in a garden

6.30pm.

By kind invitation of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Nye

This glorious 4-acre garden comprises a series of rooms around a listed Manor and dovecote divided by yew hedges and moats: the rooms are furnished with specimen trees, mixed borders plus fountains and statues.  There is a very productive vegetable garden, herb garden and water garden in an old canal, roses and peony walk.

Friday 11 June 2020

Visit to two gardens in Hampshire:

 Conholt Park, Conholt, Andover SP11 9HA 11.00am
By kind permission of the van Vlissingen family
10 acres of varied garden styles. Lawns with mature cedars, large walled garden, orchard with wisteria walk, formal rose garden, rill, secret gardens and a laurel maze. Bring your picnic to eat in the park or try a local pub. Coffee on arrival.

Redenham Park House, Andover SP11 9AQ 2.30 pm
By kind permission of Lady Olivia Clark
A formal white-flowered rose garden leads up steps to the main herbaceous borders. A gate then opens into a garden of espaliered pears, apples, scented roses, shrubs and perennial planting surrounding the swimming pool. A door opens into the kitchen garden. Tea from 3.30 pm

Friday 19 June 2020

Visit to two gardens in Wiltshire:

Seend House, Seend, SN12 6NR 2.30pm

By kind invitation of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Peters

A Georgian house with 6-acres of gardens and paddocks.  Framed with yew and box. Highlights include a rose garden, a stream of lavender, a view of a knot garden from above, a walled garden as well as formal borders.  There is also an amazing view across the valley to Salisbury Plain.

A short walk via the churchyard and fields or the road to:

Brow Cottage, Seend SN12 6RU

By kind invitation of Mr. and Mrs. James Gray **

A contemporary cottage garden, owned by a garden designer, with well-stocked borders, a potager, covered seating area, sunken pool, wild-flower meadow roof, wildlife pond and small woodland area. Tea from 3.30 pm

Wednesday 24 June 2020

Coach trip to two Dorset gardens including lunch:

The Old Rectory, Litton Cheney, Dorchester DT2 9AH

By kind permission of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cave

A garden of many parts with natural woodland, a walled garden, kitchen garden, orchard and many roses. Formal front garden designed by Arne Maynard. Coffee and cake on arrival.

Mapperton, Beaminster DT8 3NR

By kind permission of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich

We will have a guided tour of this wonderful house, which was first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. The Grade II* gardens are within a truly romantic setting with varied planting. There is a formal topiary area and orangery and an arboretum. Lunch on arrival at the Coach House.

Tuesday 21 July 2020

Bishopstrow Mill, Bishopstrow, Warminster BA12 9HJ

10.30am

By kind invitation of Mr. Jeremy Kelton

The Mill is very much part of the fascinating history of Bishopstrow Manor:  the garden and conservatory have been recently designed around the spectacular Bishopstrow mill pond, weirs and Wylye river.  It has an influence of Italianate gardens but still preserves a charming and relaxed atmosphere full of wildlife.

Park at Bishopstrow House Hotel for coffee and biscuits before walking down to the Mill.

Events Overview

March 2020 update – In light of Covid-19 and the advice from Government and health agencies, some of our planned events may be postponed.  We will endeavour to email members who have booked, and keep this section of the website up to date.


The Trust, through the Events Committee, arranges an annual programme of visits for members 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!