Visits and Events

Visits and events for Friends and their guests

 Garden visits 2018

Welcome to the 2018 Spring programme

Once again we would like thank all of you who have supported the Friends’ Garden Visits Programme during this year; also the garden owners who have generously welcomed the Friends.  We hope that these visits will tempt you to come along. We welcome your ideas for future gardens to visit so should you have any suggestions, please contact Harriet Bretherton: Email: 

Booking Tickets for Garden Visits: We are for the time being abandoning online ticketing for technical reasons. All bookings, until further notice, will therefore be by post. The tickets themselves will be sent by email if we are given an email address. Visits tend to get booked up quickly so to avoid disappointment please make your booking as soon as possible, via the Garden Visits booking form below. If you have any queries, contact Freya Jones email or telephone 07472 365001.

Saturday 3rd March, 10.00am
SOLD OUT - Magdalen College, The John Goodyer Botanical Collection, High Street, Oxford OX1 4AU

By kind permission of The President

The Magdalen College Library has an extensive collection of botanical books including the entire library of the botanist, John Goodyer, which contains books printed between 1550 to 1665. Goodyer spent much of his life advancing botanical knowledge, recording plants, and searching for new medical uses for them. Liam Dolan, Sherardian Professor of Botany, will explain the importance of the books for botany and Daryl Green, College Librarian, will give an historical insight into the collection. Friends will be able to leaf through some of the earliest printed herbals. Refreshments included.

Friends £15, guest £20
Maximum 15

Wednesday 28th March, 2.30pm
SOLD OUT - Private tour of Shotover House with daffodils, Shotover House, Wheatley, Oxon OX33 1QS

By kind permission of Alexander and Camilla Stanier

We are privileged to have a private tour of Shotover House preceded by an introductory talk from the owner, Sir Beville Stanier, or his son, Alexander. The house, constructed by 1718, was surrounded by formal gardens, pleasure grounds and a landscape park designed in the 1730s by William Kent. We will tour the gardens to see the wonderful drifts of daffodils, followed by tea in the house.

Friends £15, guest £20
Maximum 60

Wednesday 4th April, 2.00pm
SOLD OUT - Private visit to Upper Green, Brill Road, Horton cum Studley, Oxon OX33 1BU

By kind permission of Mr Peter and Dr Susan Burge

A mature but informal ½-acre wild-life friendly garden on heavy Oxfordshire clay with views to the Chilterns. Dense planting in mixed borders with a wide range of herbaceous plants, shrub roses, ferns and grasses provide shape and colour throughout the year. The garden includes a small gravel garden, potager, bog garden, pond (great crested newts in residence) and rock bed. Alpine troughs are a recent introduction. In spring the garden is a carpet of colour with marsh marigolds, primroses, hellebores, euphorbias, snake’s head fritillaries, crocuses, tulips and naturalised daffodils under apple trees. Plant lists are available. Tea and cake served.

Friends £12, guest £17
Maximum 25

Friday 20th April, 2.30pm
SOLD OUT - Private visit to the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Marston Road, Oxford OX3 0EE

By kind permission of The Director and Fellows of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies provides a meeting point between the Islamic and Western worlds of learning. Through good scholarship it promotes a more informed understanding of Islam - its culture and civilisation. We shall have a tour of the building; its design and form represents harmonious blending of traditional Oxford and Islamic styles. The Garden Master, Hugh Dickinson, will then take us around the garden which he and the Prince of Wales designed.  Tea & cake included.

Friends £13, guest £18
Maximum 40

Events 2018 

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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