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!

Booking details will be sent to members shortly.

Saturday 1 April 2017

2.30pm, Devizes Town Hall, Devizes SN10 1BN

AGM followed by an illustrated talk “Go Wild in the Garden”

by Paul Jupp of Meadow in my Garden – a family business based in Devizes.  He has a love of wild gardens and wants to do everything he can to help more people grow wildlife friendly flower meadows. There will be seed mixes to buy.

Tea/coffee and biscuits.

£5.00 to Non-members

Monday 8 May 2017


Fonthill House, Tisbury SP3 5SA

By kind invitation of the owner Lord Margadale

This is a large woodland garden with formal gardens near the house which have recently been redeveloped under the direction of Tania Compton and Marie-Louise Agius.

Ark Farm, Tisbury, SP3 6RP

By kind invitation of Mrs. Miranda Thomas

A romantic informal garden with a picturesque pond and lovely views of Old Wardour Castle.  Tea at Ark Farm.

£15.00 Booking Essential


Thursday 25 May 2017

2.00pm  Please note this is now fully booked and so there is a waiting list.

Malverleys, Hampshire RG20 0AA

10 acres of dynamic garden developed over last 10 years, magnificent mixed borders, contrasting yew hedged rooms. Vegetable, white and walled gardens and more. A rare opportunity to visit an exceptional garden. Tea.

£18.00 non-members

£12.00 members.  Places strictly limited.

Thursday 15 June 2017


Milton Lilbourne, Pewsey SN9 5LQ

A rare opportunity to visit four private gardens in this lovely village, two owned by members.

The Manor House  by kind invitation of Mr. and Mrs. James Cayzer-Colvin

The Vinery                 by kind invitation of Mr. Duncan Edwards and Mr. Rupert O’Flynn

Fyfield Lodge            by kind invitation of Mrs. Pippin Lanyon

Ivy House                   by kind invitation of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Evans-Tipping

Parking will be available opposite The Manor House by the village hall and tea and cakes will be available in the hall from 3.30 pm.

Meet at The Manor House at 2.30pm where a map of the gardens will be provided.

£15.00 Booking  essential

Wednesday 21 June 2017


Visit two gardens in Somerset:

Cothay Manor Gardens, Greenham  TA21 0JR

A truly romantic garden laid out in 1920 within the original framework. Cothay encompasses a rare blend of old and new.  The owner, Mrs. Mary Anne Robb, creates a new feature every year.  We will enjoy a Ploughman’s lunch here at 12.30 before journeying to:

Bradon Farm, Isle Abbotts TA3 6RX from 2.15pm onwards

By kind invitation of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jones.

A classic formal garden created in recent years, demonstrating the effective use of structure.  There is much to see including a parterre, knot garden, pleached lime walk, formal pond, herbaceous borders, orchard and wildflower planting. Tea available from 3.30pm.

£25.00 Booking essential

Friday 30 June 2017

6.00pm –8.00pm

Wine in a garden at Ridley’s Cheer, Mountain Bower SN14 7AJ

By kind invitation of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Young.

Enjoy this large informal garden created by the owners over the last forty years.  There is an extensive collection of shrubs and trees including acers, magnolias, liriodendrons, tree peonies, oaks, beeches etc.  There are some 130 rose varieties, a potager, a wild flower meadow and much more.

£10.00 Booking essential

Thursday 13 July 2017


Visit to Downside Nursery, Upper Westwood, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 2DE

By kind invitation of Mrs. Lorraine Young, one of our members, who will give us an introductory talk and take us around the nursery. This has been described as a “superbly managed proper nursery with a huge range of high quality plants”.

Duck Pond Barn, Wingfield BA14 9LW

By kind invitation of Mrs. and Mrs. Marc Berlin, members of the Trust.  They moved from Surrey in 2015 and have created this lovely garden since then.  Tea and cakes.

£5.00 on the gate

Friday 28 July 2017

From 6.00pm to 8.00pm                                                                          

Visit to Tristenagh House, Potterne SN10 5LW

An evening visit by kind invitation of Sir Andrew and Lady Ford.

This is an enthusiast’s garden with mixed borders, trees and wonderful views – enjoy a glass of wine as you walk round.

£10.00 Booking essential