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!

Saturday 23 March 2019

Annual General Meeting  at Edington Priory Church, Edington BA13 4QF

2.30pm.  Parking for the AGM will be at the Eddington Village Hall car park or there is limited parking at the front of the Priory Church. Please arrive in good time. 

Followed by a talk by Joe Studholme on the fascinating subject of Joseph Banks’ “Florilegium”; a book of exceptional botanical drawings that were originally recorded when Banks accompanied Captain Cook on the Endeavour’s historic voyage to the Southern Seas.

The Old Vicarage, Edington
By kind invitation of Mr John d’Arcy (WGT member)

The garden, which is very near the Priory, will be open from 1.30 pm for members to walk round and see the wonderful collection of hellebores and early spring plants.

Tea and cake back in the Church from 4.00pm

Wednesday 10 April 2019

Biddestone Manor, Chippenham Lane, Biddestone SN14 7DJ

10.30am.

By kind permission of Mrs. Halvor Astrup

An outstanding garden with much of interest: Lakes and pond, arboretum, wild garden, cutting and fruit gardens. Spring flowers and bulbs.

Coffee and biscuits on arrival.

Friday 24 May 2019

Charlton Farm, Park Lane, Charlton, Malmesbury SN16 9DS

Wine in a garden

6.30pm.

By kind invitation of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Rivett-Carnac (WGT members)
This 4-acre garden has been created from a field over the last 8 years. There are traditional and contemporary elements with mixed borders, gravel garden, box parterre, orchard, wildlife pond, meadow and woodland garden featuring a wide variety of plants.

Wednesday 5 June 2019

Visit to two gardens – Salisbury, Wiltshire

11.30am.  Horatio’s Garden, Spinal Injury Unit, Odstock Road, Salisbury SP2 8BJ

An opportunity to view the garden designed by Cleeve West and created in memory of Horatio Chapple.

Coffee on arrival and you may picnic in the garden or try out a local pub.

Ordnance House, West Dean, Salisbury SP5 1JE    2.00 to 4.30 pm
By kind permission of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Winters

A delightful late Spring garden created since 2011 from an entirely blank canvas.

Tea and cakes.

Tuesday 11 June 2019

Visit to two gardens in Dorset including lunch

11.00am.

Deans Court, Wimborne Minster BH21 1EE
By kind permission of Sir William and Lady Hanham

13 acres of peaceful, partly wild gardens in ancient setting with mature specimen trees, Saxon fish pond, herb garden and apiary beside the River Allen close to the town centre. Apple orchard with wild flowers. It was the first Soil Association accredited kitchen garden with C18 serpentine wall.

Tour of house and garden followed by lunch at 1.00pm

Manor Farm, Hampreston BH21 7LX
By kind permission of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Trehane

A traditional farmhouse garden designed and cared for by three generations of the Trehane family through over 100 years of farming and gardening in Hampreston. The garden is noted for its herbaceous borders and rose beds within box and yew hedges.
3.00 pm with tea from 3.30 pm

Thursday 27 June 2019

Visit to three exceptional Gloucestershire gardens

10.00am.

Moor Wood, Woodmancote GL7 7EB
By kind permission of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Robinson

Two acres of shrub, orchard and wild flower gardens in beautiful isolated valley. Holder of the National Collection of Rambler Roses.
Coffee and cake.

Daglingworth House, Daglingworth, GL7 7AG 12.00 noon
By kind permission of Mr. and Mrs. David Howard

Classical garden of 2 acres with views and vistas with a humorous, contemporary twist.
We can picnic here in the garden or visit a local pub.

Bywell, Tunley, GL7 6LW 2.30 pm
By kind permission of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Kininmonth

A private garden on a slope that is full of surprises.
Tea and cakes

Tuesday 9 July 2019

Visit to two gardens in Hampshire and Berkshire including lunch

10.30am.

Earlstone Manor, Burghclere, Newbury RG20 9NG
By kind permission of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Ginsberg

A truly unique and remarkable garden designed by the owner. A series of linked rooms with intricate box parterres, knots and mazes framed by yew and a colonnade of hornbeam. This is a very private garden.

Sandwich lunch at The Royal Oak, Ecchinswell, RG20 4UH

Sandleford Place, Newtown, Newbury RG20 9AY 2.30 to 4.30 pm
By kind permission of Mrs. Melanie Gatward

A plantswoman’s 4 acres, more exuberant than manicured with the River Enbourne flowing through. Wonderful old walled garden; long herbaceous border and wild flower meadow.

Tea and biscuits.

Thursday 18 July 2019

Wine in a garden at Oare House, Pewsey SN8 4JQ

6.30 pm – 8.30 pm.

By kind invitation of Sir Henry and Lady Keswick (WGT members)
A timely opportunity to visit Oare, which is undergoing an extensive renaissance. It maintains it’s structure of split compartments: Traditional walled garden, herbaceous borders, vegetable areas, trained fruit trees, roses and impressive mixed borders. Large arboretum and woodland with unusual trees and wonderful views over the Pewsey Vale.

Wednesday 4 September 2019

Westwood Farm, Rode Hill, Colerne, SN14 8AR

2.30pm.

By kind invitation of Mr. and Mrs. Terence Mordaunt

A relatively young garden created on a slope surrounding the house with fabulous views of the countryside. Rill and pool area created by Michael Balston; vegetable garden and herbaceous borders.

Tea and Cake.

Thursday 3 October 2019

Landford Trees, Landford, Salisbury, SP5 2EH

11.00am.

By kind invitation of Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Pilkington (WGT members)

A short talk on Trees by Christopher Pilkington and a visit to the Arboretum, hopefully in full Autumn colour.

Coffee and biscuits on arrival.