Visits and Events

Visits and events for Friends and their guests


 Spring garden visits 2017

We still have tickets available for the following Friends Spring Visits 2017.  Please note attendees make their own way to the gardens.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Jermyns Lane, Romsey, Hants SO51 0QA

Friday 24th March, 11.00 am 

The award winning Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is famous the world over. Its 180 acres holds the largest collection of hardy trees and shrubs in the world and 14 national plant collections. Before lunch, the Head Gardener, Fran Clifton, and the horticulturalist and botanist, Barry Clarke, will lead two groups through the 10 acre winter garden vividly brought to life by stem and bark colour, grasses and carpet spring bulbs. They will also take us to other parts of the garden, therefore our visit involves about an hour's walking. After lunch you are free to explore areas you haven't yet seen. Refreshments included on arrival, but not lunch which can be bought in the Pavilion Restaurant.

Friends Tickets £22.00
Guest Tickets £27.00


 Winter Lecture Series 2017

23 February  Victoria Summerley: London: An Unexpected Paradise

Victoria Summerley is an award-winning journalist and author. She will be taking us on a personal tour of some of the gardens in her book, Great Gardens of London.

9 March  Richard Mabey: Botany and the Imagination

Richard Mabey is a writer and broadcaster. He will discuss his recent book, The Cabaret of Plants, reflecting on how poets, scientists and philosophers have been stimulated by the strange life of plants.

23 March  Caroline Holmes: Bory Latour-Marliac – the source of water lilies, before and beyond Monet

Caroline Holmes is a garden historian, lecturer, designer and author.  Her talk will explore the history, science and pleasure of Latour-Marliac and his legacy.

Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre, SaÏd Business School, Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HP. 

The Thursday lectures start at 8pm and are followed by drinks. Individual lectures £15, whole series £60.

To book online please click here

To download a booking form please click on the following link 

Regular events (no need to book)

Friends’ coffee mornings at the Garden.

The first Friday of every month (except January, and August) in the Garden’s Conservatory. No fee and no booking required, just turn up. 

Insight tours at the Arboretum

Friends are very welcome to join these free tours on the first Wednesday of every month, which are a great opportunity for Arboretum staff to show off the latest developments, and for visitors to give their thoughts and opinions as well as to ask questions. 1.30pm to 3.00pm, no fee and no booking required, just turn up.


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