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!

Wednesday 27 June 2018

Visit to two gardens in Wiltshire

10.30am to 12.30pm

Spilsbury Farm, Tisbury SP3 6RU

Spilsbury Farm is 1.3m miles south of Tisbury railway station.

By kind invitation of Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Compton
This intriguing garden, designed by Tania, is a mixture of wildness and formality. Clipped hornbeams frame vistas and box balls keep clouds of fennel in check. The house is approached by a lovely gravel garden and borders overflow with eryngiums, sedums, grasses and roses.

Lunch 1.00pm at The Compasses Inn, Lower Chicksgrove, Tisbury SP3 6NB .

Directions from Spilsbury to the Compasses Inn (best to use Sat Nav or follow someone who knows the way).  Head north towards Tisbury Row for 0.1 mile, turn right onto Tisbury Row and continue for 1.3mile, turn right onto Court St, keep right to continue on Chicksgrove Rd for 1.3mile, turn right along narrow lane to Sutton Row, Inn is 0.5 mile on the left.

2.00pm

Mitre Cottage, Snow Hill, Dinton SP3 5HN

Mitre Cottage is 4 miles from the Compasses Inn.

By kind permission of Mrs. M. Beck
Mitre Cottage exemplifies what can be achieved in ¾ of an acre without looking contrived or over designed. Well-chosen and often unusual plants are balanced at this time of the year by effusive plantings of old fashioned roses and perennials.

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.