Waddesdon Manor (National Trust)This was built for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in 1870’s to house his superb collection of 18th century art treasures. It is a French renaissance style chateau with one of the finest Victorian gardens in Britain. It is famous for its carpet bedding schemes on the parterre and includes an aviary and walks around the grounds. This visit will include the house and gardens, sorry not the wine cellars!!The Plant Specialist NurseryThe stylish “Plant Specialist Nursery” established in 2002, has a real “wow factor” and is dedicated to growing a wide range of new and unusual herbaceous perennials and ornamental grasses. The owner’s wide experience of gardening has taught them which varieties are best, so everything you buy here is a choice performer. The colour themed display garden gives everyone (novice or expert) a master class in how to combine plants well.Chenies Manor”Chenies” an early 16th century Tudor Manor House, is surrounded by 5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. These include a sunken garden, White garden, Physic garden, Kitchen garden and two mazes. The planting artistry is exceptional, particularly at this time of year when some gardens are past their best, but not this one!Grey’s Court (National Trust)This is a delightful small Tudor country house estate with a series of walled gardens enclosing an ornamental vegetable garden, orchard, a medieval fortified tower from 1347(the remains of the original castle) and the only donkey operated wheelhouse to draw water.Crockmore HouseWe are very fortunate to be able to include Crockmore House garden as it only opens for a few private visits during the month of September. Designed by Christopher Bradley Hole who trained originally as an architect and then as a landscape designer he made his name with garden modernism at Chelsea Flower Show in 1997. He explores the possibilities of naturalistic planting using grasses and sculptural perennials used repetitively across large areas of planting, or else subtly varied in terms of form and variety within a single species. A large grid system results in a burnished, moving ocean of plants awash with golds, blues, purples and reds.
Hauser &Wirth is a perennial meadow garden designed by the internationally acclaimed Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf. This garden is at its best in the autumn with the grasses, verbena and other perennials.Pen Mill Farm. A plantsman's garden designed by Sarah FitzGerald with an unusual collection of plants and trees including a magnificant Stewartii pseodocamellia. Situated on the borders of Wiltshire, Somerset & Dorset, the river Stour runs through the garden.In late summer the garden is a riot of colour as the four large herbaceous borders come to life with rudbeckia, heleninium and salvias. More than 50 different salvias are grown and some are often for sale.
Gardens to include, Bressingham, East Rushton Old Vicarage, Corpusty Mill, Elsing Hall, Pensthorpe and Audley End (Essex) en route.
STAVORDALE PRIORY – Charlton MusgroveAn exceptional opportunity to visit this stunning garden home of Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Michael Le Poer Trench. The priory, built originally in the 13th century, was converted to a private house at the dissolution of the monasteries and was restored and extended in the early 20th century. The garden combines both formal and naturalistic styles. There is an exceptional kitchen garden and an interesting folly.FOREST LODGE LODGE – PenselwoodA three acre garden, home of Lucilla Nelson, High Sherriff of Somerset. A relatively new garden designed under the influence of Gertrude Jekyll, with interlocking curves and circular lawns, succession planting, a quiet rill garden, a lake and interesting flowering trees. Set on a south facing sunny slop on acid soil, so plenty of camellias and rhododendrons. The roses will be out in June, so a good time to visit.
This show is always a good day out with a huge variety of things to see and good quality plants to buy from numerous nurseries. There are show gardens, a large floral marquee and lots of trade stands selling items often not easily found elsewhere, at good prices.
THE MEAD NURSERY AND GARDEN, BrokerswoodThis mature garden is laid out to give ideas on colour and design, with raised beds, a sink garden, herbaceous borders and a wildlife pond.The owners of the independent nursery are always on the lookout for new and interesting varieties, growing alpines, perennials, grasses and pot grown bulbs. Choose something special for the start of the 2016 season!THE COURTS, HoltA delightful Grade II listed English country garden which is full of variety. It demonstrates imaginative use of design which creates unexpected vistas. We hope to be there in blossom time to view the peaceful water garden and stroll in the arboretum underplanted with spring bulbs.