Visits and events for Friends and their guests

  Spring 2015 garden visits   Friends' coffee mornings at the Garden     Insight tours at the Arboretum


Spring 2015 garden visits

Friends should book using this booking form.

Kingston Bagpuize House

Saturday 14th February 2015 at 10.30am

Abingdon, OX13 5AX. By kind permission of Mrs Virginia Grant.

This garden has an interesting collection of snowdrops, aconites and hellebores in the beautiful parkland. Coffee will be served on arrival, followed by an introduction to the garden. (The house will not be open.)

Tickets £13, guests £18

Maximum no. 40


Coverts Side Garden

Saturday 21st February 2015 at 11.00am

Perrotts Brook, Nr Bagendon, Cirencester, GL7 7BN. By kind permission of Mr & Mrs DJ Sales

A garden full of winter treasures including snowdrops and aconites. Mr Sales was Chief Advisor and Head of the National Trust Gardens so it will be a very interesting garden to visit. Coffee will be served on arrival.

Tickets £15, guests £20

Maximum no. 25

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Evenley Wood Garden

Saturday 7th March 2015 at 2.00pm

Evenley, NN13 5SH. By kind permission of Mr Timothy Whiteley.

Set in the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside, this 60-acre private woodland garden houses a large and notable collection of plants ranging from unusual trees and shrubs to a wide selection of lilies and bulbs. These are accompanied by displays of early daffodils, hellebores and snowflakes as the flowering season begins. There will be a guided tour ending with afternoon tea.

Tickets £13, guests £18

Maximum no. 40


Double visit to The Manor and St Mary's Church, Chalgrove

Friday 20th March 2015 at 10.30am

The Manor, Mill Lane, Chalgrove, OX44 7SL. By kind permission of Mr & Mrs Jacques

The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Church Lane, Chalgrove, OX44 7TB

Discovered in the 1980s beneath layers of render and plaster and conserved and restored over the years, the Manor is a timber framed hall house, Grade I listed, which dates from c.1460. There are 16th century wall paintings at first floor level, 17th century wall paintings in the solar wing on the ground floor and many other features of historic interest. Access to the first floor is by stairs with handrails on both sides, to the second floor by a narrow, winding staircase with a handrail on the left, and then to the roof of the hall is by way of a short crawl past the inserted chimney. The Grade l listed Church of St Mary the Virgin has, among many other heritage assets, the most complete set of early 14th century wall paintings in the country. There will be a presentation of on the wall paintings by Bob Heath-Whyte. Other historic features include the late 17th century parish clock, the late Norman font, Norman and Medieval architectural features, brasses and a rare Friendly Society banner. Refreshments on arrival and afternoon tea are included; lunch can be taken at one of the three pubs in the village, or bring a picnic.

Tickets £22, guests £27

Maximum no. 40

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Adwell House

Wednesday 15th April 2015 at 2.00pm

Adwell, Thame, OX9 7DQ. By kind permission of Tom & Imogen Birch-Reynardson.

The gardens at Adwell House cover around 4 acres and have been developed by many generations of the Birch-Reynardson family. Broad sweeping lawns surround impressive specimen trees which are under planted with spring bulbs. There is a more formal walled garden. On the edge of the garden is the first of seven lakes surrounded by primulas and irises, leading via a waterfall to the the remaining lakes. We will see the spectacular display of 25,000 daffodils and we will be given a private tour by the Head Gardener Colin Roberts. Refreshments included.

Tickets £15, guests £20

No maximum no.


Ridleys Cheer

Friday 24th April 2015 at 2.30pm

Mountain Bower, Chippenham, SN14 7AJ. By kind permission of Antony & Sue Young.

A garden of immense charm, peace and quiet colours, created over 40 years by the owners Antony Young, a celebrated garden designer, and his wife Sue. When we visit, the magnolias, deutzias, elaeagnus, narcissi and cyclamen will create a paradise of white, pink and primrose yellow. We will be given a private tour of the garden by Mr Young. Refreshements included.

Tickets £16, guests £21

No maximum no.


Dates for your diary

The following garden visits have been provisionally booked for the late spring and summer. There will be further information in the next Friends' newsletter, in March 2015:

Thursday 7th May 2015: Coach trip for a private visit to Chenies and to Chesham Bois, Buckinghamshire.

Thursday 21st May 2015: Private visit to Daylesford House Garden and to Kingham Lodge, Oxfordshire.

Saturday 6th June 2015: Private visit to Upton Wold, Gloucestershire.

Sunday 19th July 2015: Coach trip to Great Dixter, East Sussex.

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Regular events (no need to book)


Friends’ coffee mornings at the GardenGardens Curator Tom Price (centre) showing Friends the Merton Borders in the Lower Garden, September 2012

The first Friday of every month (except January and August) in the Garden’s Conservatory. After coffee a member of staff leads a tour of the Garden.

Fridays: 6th February, 6th March, 3rd April, 10.30am to 11.30am, 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.

Wednesdays 7th January, 4th February, 4th March, 1st April, 1.30pm to 3.00pm, no fee and no booking required, just turn up.



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